Meant to Be

Meant to Be

by Lauren Morrill

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A girl with it all planned out discovers a romance she never expected in this funny debut about a class trip to London that says you’ll love “if you’re into swoony romances with a little bit of history thrown in.”

This spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love. Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.


"Readers of Jennifer E. Smith and Stephanie Perkins will revel in this debate about love ruled by the stars or as a matter of the heart." --Shelf Awareness
"Fun, fresh and irresistibly romantic. STB (SURE to be) loved!" --Sarah Mlynowski

“Star-crossed characters, hilarious dialogue, and a perfect London setting. I loved Meant to Be!” –Robin Benway, author of Emmy & Oliver

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375990236
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Lauren Morrill is the author of MEANT TO BE, BEING SLOANE JACOBSTHE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY, MY UNSCRIPTED LIFE, and BETTER THAN THE BEST PLAN. She grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not-so) proud member of the marching band, and a troublemaking editor for the school newspaper. She lives in Macon, Georgia, with her family. 

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Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2012:
"The author has a good ear for comic dialogue."

Publishers Weekly, October 22, 2012:
"Morrill’s debut is entertaining and quick-witted."

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Meant to Be 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book I have ever read.  I recommend this book to all the teens who don't read alot that want to find a REALLY GOOD BOOK! I love this book soooooo much i haven't completed a book that wasn't school assigned in years.  I finished this book in 2 days and I was soooo sad. This is a must read!
VysBlog More than 1 year ago
A school trip to London. How can things not be interesting? Meant To Be consists of one of my favorite things which is shipping and OTPs. I have this serious issue where I ship anything and everything. In this book it's referred to as MTB as in meant to be. Julia happens to believe that Mark Bixford is her MTB, but her trip to London makes her doubt if Mark is her true MTB when she gets paired with Jason, her personal nemesis. Julia and Jason. They just have so much fun messing with each other that it was bound for them to get a bit "friendlier". There were many cute and awkward moments while they were paired to go on this trop together. I had a slight problem with them though. I liked them as characters separately, but I felt as though the two didn't connect well together. Even though I had trouble with Julia and Jason, I still enjoyed reading Meant To Be. It was a fun and light hearted read that was absolutely adorable.
emsters546 More than 1 year ago
this book was everything I thought it would be; HILARIOUS! Julia and Jason are the perfect characters for this book. Drama around every corner, that is quickly resolved with some fun in London:) Now quit readin' and BUY THE BOOK!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I really liked Julia, the main character of Meant to Be. She is the right blend of nerdy, smart and quirky. The backdrop of Meant to Be is London, and it was charming to read about, I could almost picture myself there with the descriptions on the pages of Julia's journey to learning about life, meant to be, and herself. I loved that she had her own interests and even though she was clutzy and insecure she had ideas off what she wanted and didn't want to be taken advantage of. I was so back and forth with Jason and that is a real talent to keep me so undecided and questioning a character. I really liked getting to know him and figuring out why he acts like he did and what his motivations are. He was so typical guy though. Transparent in so many ways, immature in others, absolutely sweet and melting in orders, and then there are the times where you scratch your head and think they must be from another planet. There were plenty of steamy moments but at times I felt like I had whip lash with the back and forth between Jason mark and Chris. I liked how they all played into the story though and what she learned about herself through interactions with each of them. The plot twist was interesting and added interesting to this fun yet sometimes emotional contemporary. Bottom line: Cute and funny story with good characters.
The_Busy_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
Julia is a by-the-book kind of gal. She always does exactly what’s expected of her, and nothing less (or more). She’s excited about this once in a lifetime trip to London; she can finally see the places she’s only read about. She’s bummed her bestie can’t make the trip with her, but hey, at least she’ll be in London. Once there, Julia is assigned as a ‘buddy’ to class clown Jason. At first, she’s upset she will have to babysit Jason, but it turns out he can be kind of fun. He convinces her to go with him to a party, where she drinks too much and ends up giving her number to any number of guys. When one of them starts to text-flirt her, she and Jason go on a mission to find the mystery guy. I’m going to be honest, Julia was a hard character to like. She was always correcting someone when they used the wrong word, or pronounced something the wrong way. She was kind of uppity and judgmental. But she could also be nice and was willing to try new things (when Jason could convince her). Jason was also not a clear winner, as far as personalities go. He was a bit of a douchecanoe to Julia (he called her Book Licker for most of the book), and he was kind of pushy and mean. But, he was also protective and funny and even had a sweet side. I did like the fact that they both kind of mellowed out as the book went on. They learned things about themselves and each other and really grew. There was no doubt where this book was heading (you can figure it out just be reading the book’s blurb, for pete’s sake), but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Once they got thrown together and started annoying each other and pushing each other’s buttons, it was quite amusing. There were several chuckle-out-loud moments; the two of them had lots of fun with verbal sparring. There were even a few swoon-worthy moments. The writing was fun and real, with a fast pace and no lagging. In fact, I’m surprised that this was Lauren’s first novel. There was also a bit of a twist near the end, so the journey for Julia and Jason wasn’t quite what you might expect. Beautiful cover. What more can I say? The sum up: Sweet, funny and romantic. Classic YA for the romance fan.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Meant to Be is a hilarious rollercoaster ride! Lauren Morrill had me crying tears of laugher with Julia and Jason's banter and romance. I loved Julia and Jason. Julia is a know-it-all, but she’s not a smart ass. She’s just a really smart girl that can’t hold her tongue when it comes to knowledge. Jason is the obnoxious ass who loves embarrassing her. Julia takes life very seriously, and Jason believes you should have some serious fun. Julia and Jason’s romance is a head-on collision of meant to be romance waiting to happen. Proof that opposites really can attract, if Julia can keep from killing Jason first. Julia’s junior class is on their way to London for their class trip, but she never would have guessed she would be assigned the class-clown jerk Jason as her buddy for the trip. Jason is the kind of guy Julia loves to hate, and she definitely stays away from. Jason is the guy who never misses an opportunity to be the class prankster. Just like the time Julia sits down in red paint, Jason fills her locker with tampons. Yeah, Jason is definitely not on Julia's list of guys she wants for her MTB (Meant to Be) fairy tale romance. So what irritating the heck out of Julia is when Jason becomes the guy she hates herself for falling in love with. Julia and Jason have the best bantering romance of all time. They are off the wall hilariously funny, and I laughed till my sides hurt with these two insane fun teenagers. I recommend Meant to Be as a fantastic cry your eyes out with laughter, heart- touching romance read! One of my favorite quotes from Meant to Be: “I don’t know, I’ve never been in love,” he says, pulling apart chunks of his remaining scone, “but I imagine it’ll be about her thinking it’s funny when I make a fool of myself and laughing at my dumb jokes and liking the same music.” “So you’re looking for someone just like you?” “Sure.” He shrugs. Then he grins widely. “But with boobs.”
pineappletop92 More than 1 year ago
Once in a while, I need to read a cute quick contemporary read, usually with a fun romance involved, just to alleviate all of the fantasy and sci-fi I normally read. I picked up Meant to Be because I absolutely love hate-to-love stories, and was hoping I would find something to quench my desires. And it was a fun read, that’s for sure, but I don’t think I was an enamored as I wish I could have been. I thought the writing was pretty good, and kept me involved the whole of the story, with only a few things that irked me – mainly whenever there was a strange and sometimes unnecessary aside from Julia in parentheses. The plot moved decently and kept me constantly engaged and unable to put it down, and while the romance was cute it didn’t feel complete. It felt like Julia’s feelings towards Jason barely appeared until about three-quarters of the way through the book, and Jason seemed so all over the place that I had trouble really feeling like this relationship was going to be a solid one. I liked the idea of Jason helping to loosen Julia’s personality up a bit, but would have liked to seen the opposite happen also – a good relationship is about give-and-take, and while Julia definitely needed to let go of the rules a bit, Jason could have used with some sobering up as well. The main issue for me comes with Julia. Right off the bat I knew I wasn’t going to be feeling any sort of sympathetic emotions towards her. She is uptight, self-centered, and judgmental. Her introductions to everyone on the field trip paint everyone else in a negative light, all because she only sees their stereotypes and nothing more. A lot of her behavior and descriptions of herself had me wrinkling my nose in distaste. And on the first night of her stay in London, she does a complete one-eighty and decides to break the rules that she has never broken before all to suddenly prove something to herself and to other people. If she was so sure of herself before, why did she need to prove anything to anyone? She does slowly come to understand that there is more to Jason Lippincott that she first assumed there to be, but I would have loved it if she had gotten to know her other classmates better as well, to see that she was a little quick to judge most of them and that maybe she isn’t as perfect as she thinks she is. Then there is Jason. He comes off as being the complete opposite of Julia, but with some possible hidden depths to explore. And while these parts of him do emerge at times throughout the story, I feel like there could have been a little more. Instead, he would sometimes hint at his feelings for Julia, only to turn right around and either be a complete jerk or just outright ignore her. It was frustrating and made it difficult to get a good grip on his character, making most of the novel feel like one giant see-saw of emotions and character development. For something that is a supposed to be a romance, the character growth seems very much focused on Julia and even then I didn’t feel like she really came to understand what her flaws were, even when someone (Jason) said it blatantly to her face. Still, there were many moments in the book that had me laughing or smiling, and like I said before, I couldn’t put it down. It was a fun read, and not something I regret picking up, but it also had its flaws that made the romance only so-so. 3.5 stars
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valercrazy More than 1 year ago
4.5/ 5 stars First off, look at that cover! This cover is PERFECT for this novel and I couldn't have asked for a better one; I feel that it captures the essence of the book, if that makes sense. Basically, I all sorts of love this cover. Good news, I don't just love the cover, I LOVE the book too! I read this book twice this week; I read it in one sitting but I wasn't over my OTP yet so I had to reread it. No regrets. Man, this book is filled with awesomeness, let me tell you; the writing is spot on, the characters are incredibly unique and well written, and the story is all sorts of wonderful. This is a romance but it was also... EDUCATIONAL. No lie, I'll get to that later. There were so many aspects throughout this book and instead of it being a jumbled mess, it was PURE AWESOMENESS. Meant to Be included probably my favorite plot line ever and no matter how many times I read/watch it, I never get tired of it; the two main characters hate each other but when forced together, they form not only an understanding but something more. With some swoons. Swoons are necessary. Oh, Lauren Morrill wrote it so good. The characters that Lauren came up with were WONDERFUL! Julia, our MC, is clumsy, awkward, rule-abiding, and incredibly stubborn. I'm sure that she was fun to write because she was crazy fun to read about. Jason is popular, loud, a slacker, and the center of attention. When paired together on a trip to London, arguments start a-flowing; it fueled a very interesting relationship that was at times whiplashy (not a word but still appropriate) but always wonderful and tension filled. Let's talk more about Jason. I can't get over him. New book boyfriend. HE'S A SEXY GINGER, FOLKS. I have a weakness for gingers and man, Jason hit the spot. He's also intelligent, cocky, adventurous, and funny. Basically, my type and I love him. Now, I'm not always the best at predicting what will happen and I was shocked at every turn; there is a lot of meat to this book and it made the 290 pages feel much longer. The twists kept me intrigued by the book and I couldn't be happier with it. I mentioned that it was educational earlier and it was cleverly so; Julia and Jason are in London with their class for credit and Julia is addicted to guidebooks. As we make our way with the characters around London, Julia talks about the history behind it all and I learned so much from this book. If you need to justify it, use that. Two words: swoony swoons. I can't wait to read Lauren's sophomore book and everything else that she writes!
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I love how the story line is set in london and l loved how she falls for the wrong (in her book) but right (in my book) guy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for teens and I highly recommend this funny, awkward, coming of age story. I just reread it twice and COULD NOT put it down. I will not spoil it, but let's just say it has an unsuspected ending!
ChristineyReads More than 1 year ago
Ratings: 4 1/2 Stars I thought that I already knew everything I needed to know about this book from reading the book flap and was I wrong. Meant to Be is a delightful YA contemp that is perfect for a light reading by the pool or at the beach. Lauren Morrill captures the voice of Julia, our main character, perfectly and, being a mini-Julia in high school, I was able to relate to her the whole way through. Morrill captures the awkwardness of being a teenager perfectly as well as the fantasy that all girls have about our MTB (I still think that my MTB and I haven’t stumbled onto each other yet). First, can I say that I am insanely jealous about the 10-day London trip these HIGH SCHOOL students were able to take!? When I was in high school, the only trip I went on was to New York City and, while I enjoyed it immensely, I do wish that I took advantage of the international trips my drama class went on. Likewise, Morrill caught the excitement of going on a trip as well as the boringness of being stuck with a chaperone on a planned trip perfectly. The only real gripe I had about this book is that while Morrill did an excellent job in giving the individual characters their voices, I didn’t really see the relationship between these characters. I already knew that Justin was going to be the love interest and it was like she took that for granted by not putting in too much work on making the signs start off as subtle until it grows to a full-fledged crush. The other thing is that I did not see NIck (Julia’s MTB) as a creep even when he started hitting on “Chris” at the coffeeshop. I feel as though she prefered to tell us about these personality traits and character changes rather than showing it to us and that’s the only reason why I knocked off half a star off the review. With that said, go ahead and read this book thinking that you already know the plot. This book will surprise you. When I read the book flap, I thought automatically that it was Jason who was sending the “text messages from a mysterious secret admirer” and that he liked Julia enough to pull the ruse. That’s why I was extremely focused on the passages that show him reading his text messages because I was sure that he was sending Julia the text messages somehow (I was determined to figure out how before I got to the ending). Turns out that the truth was completely unfathomable and that the case of the switched phones made me question my ability to almost accurately judge the ending of stories.
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i loved this book and i could not put it down but what i really want is for there to be another what happens julia and jason please write another
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In loce with this book!!!! There are twist and shocking details that brings this book to life!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book would be a pleasant escape for a girl of any age. A good young romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooo good, a must read. It is light and fun which is exactly what someone needs after a long week. I read it in one sitting.
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Little known fact about me.  I love teen movies!  LOVE THEM!  Even though I’m no longer in in that age bracket, there’s something about teen movies that calls to me.  It’s because of my love for teen movies that I absolutely fell in love with Lauren Morrill’s, Meant To Be.  It was a teen movie come to life in my mind.  It made me laugh, pulled at my heartstrings, and left a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart that most teen movies do. Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill reminded of movies that starred my once a upon a time crush, Freddie Prinze Jr. like She’s All That, or like Amanda Bines movie She’s The Man, and even the unforgettable Heath Ledge/Julia Stiles movie 10 Things I Hate About You.  Even though the book itself was pretty predictable right from the beginning, I wanted to continue reading the story to see how it unfolds, and to see the sweetest moment that I knew would arrive in the end. Non-rule breaking, Shakespeare loving, endless romantic Julia is on a trip she has been dreaming of since she was a little girl.   On her way to London, England for a school trip, Julia can’t wait to fall in love with the same country where her parents fell in love.  Since she was small, Julia has also been dreaming of her Meant To Be (MTB), and is positive that he goes by the name Mark…the same Mark she married when she was six, who uttered a phrase that she will forever remember.   But Julia’s in London, and Mark is, well…not.  And the only link she has to Mark is her best friend, who she can only converse with via texting or her computer. But this trip is not exactly how Julia’s been wishing it would be.  Jason is also on this trip, and it seems that Jason’s lot in life is to make Julia’s life difficult.  With his outgoing personality, his need to be the centre of attention, and be anything but serious it’s only inevitable that they end up being assigned as “buddies”.  Basically this means that for the duration of this trip, they are pretty much tied to the hip and must do everything together.  And by everything, it also means that Julia must be around Jason when he breaks the rules…which starts off by going to a party. It’s at this party that Julia decides to become a new Julia and be anyone that she wants to be.  Unfortunately, after one to many drinks and much mingling and phone number exchanging, Julia has lost track of who she has spoken to.  And this all comes to light after she receives a text from someone named Chris.  Who is he?  Could he be her MTB?  And it’s from this text where Julia and Jason decide to make pact.  Jason will help Julia find this Chris person and have him fall for her, and Julia must write their essays/reflection papers for their trip.  Done and done!  Or is it…?  It’s because of this little agreement that Julia’s adventure of a lifetime starts, and she learns more about herself, doubts what she has believed in her entire life, and opens her eyes wide open to different possibilities. I loved Meant To Be.  LOVED IT!  It was a quick read that had me hooked due to the characters.  Their interactions with each other is what solidified my love for this book.  Julia and Jason were hilarious together.  There were various parts in the book that had me, literally, cracking up!  I would go back and re-read them and I would crack up all over again!  I would read that part over again, out loud, to whoever would listen, and I would be laughing as I’m trying to say the words.  Specifically, the scene at the ticket booth and the pencil incident.  OMG… I was laughing with tears.  I could perfectly picture the facial expressions, the rise and fall of their voices as they said their lines… The scenes played out in my mind like a movie I want to own for my movie collection. Author, Lauren Morrill is one of those authors that completely took me by surprise.  Her comedic writing flowed perfectly, and she didn’t miss a beat.  She knew exactly when comedic relief was needed and boy, did she deliver.  The characters she created are ones that you will absolutely fall in love with.  Meant To Be had me smiling from the very first chapter up to the very end. Fans of romantic comedy teen flicks and books like Anna and the French Kiss will fall in love with Lauren Morrill’s Meant To Be.  Get ready to be entertained!