Meant to Be
A girl with it all planned out discovers a romance she never expected in this funny debut about a class trip to London that HelloGiggles.com 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
High school junior Julia Lichtenstein is headed to London for her literature class's spring break trip. But without her best friend or swim teammates there, she has to fend for herself when she's partnered up with Jason Lippincott, who is as abrasive and free-spirited as Julia is uptight and studious. While Julia wants to visit museums, Jason is only interested in letting loose; he drags Julia to a house party, where she meets a cute boy, Chris. Jason offers to help Julia woo him, if Julia writes his papers during the trip, and romantic shenanigans ensue. Morrill's debut, a Paper Lantern Lit property, is entertaining and quick-witted, but as a romance it's forced. Although Julia has a crush at home in addition to Chris in London, both boys are all but invisible no reader will expect Julia to end up with anyone but Jason. Those who share Julia's passion for Shakespeare will appreciate the Benedick and Beatrice style sparring between the two teens, but it doesn't make up for the transparency of this opposites-attract romantic comedy. Ages 12 up.