Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pint-Size Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Pages:  304
Release Date:  November 13th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, September 24th-25th
Received:  ARC via NetGalley
Rating:  3.5/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+

Julia Lichtenstein has flown to London for the first time - with all her classmates in tow.  The school trip won't be so bad, will it?  The plane ride over was a major fail, but how bad can the rest of the trip be?  Pretty bad, Julia discovers, when she's paired with Jason,  the attention-loving, egotistical moron who made dirty jokes about her on the plane.  The complete idiot who seems to want to get her in trouble at every turn.  Jason may be a lot of things, but for a fact Julia knows he is NOT her MTB - Meant To Be.  Mark is her MTB, if only he knew it.  But Julia is in for a lesson - and a great time - as she discovers a new kind of love and a new way of life.

I soooo enjoyed this book!!  It was goofy, adorable, and had me grinning like mad at the end!  I had some issues with it, but honestly - who cares?!  It was just wonderful!

Let's get the "bad" over with first, 'cause that's no fun.  To start, I had a hard time with Julia at first.  She needed to SERIOUSLY loosen up.  And Jason - what the flip, kid?!  Stop fooling around!  They both were way too extreme to start out with and it irked me...for a bit....until they started to balance each other out, and become better people because of each other.  There were also some random sexual comments that, while maybe a younger reader wouldn't catch in its entirety, I did, and I was like, "Ummm...AWKWARD MUCH?"  I was a bit disappointed in that, because it wasn't needed.  It was just there.

Then there were the things I enjoyed...  My number one thing is how well Julia and Jason balanced each other out over time and how they got out of themselves and their comfort zones and learned things and became better people.  It was a really smooth process and very fun to read.
The relationship dynamics were really awesome because Julia and Jason had noooo idea what was in store for them and their classmates.  The traveling, the art, the inspiration - it all had me on the edge of my seat, waiting for more, savoring it all like a delicious desert, but also devouring it like a delicious desert. ;)

The climax was good but a bit fast and a bit quick-fix-it.  I do wish there had been more depth, some more "setting of boundaries" (if you've read the book, you might know what I mean).  But still - so fun, so cute, and it made me smile.

So basically, all in all this was a wonderful read, full of grand adventures in London, a sweeping romance and a lesson learned.  What's not to adore?

This book reminds me of...
Kissing in the rain
London houses
Hilarious moments
Teachers who are totally blind to their students' real actions
Good laughs

For the Parents -
Some very...plainly said sexual references and even some body movements that refer to sex.  Honestly, it was disappointing, but this only happens in a few places, which I was thankful for.  A bit of mild language if I remember correctly.  Recommended 15+

1 comment:

  1. Montana (The Book Belles)November 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    I also enjoyed this a lot for the most part. Great review! :)