Meant To Be by Lauren MorrillMeant To Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant To Be

byLauren Morrill

Paperback | January 7, 2014

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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
Lauren Morrill is the author of MEANT TO BE, BEING SLOANE JACOBS, THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY, and MY UNSCRIPTED LIFE. 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, ...
Title:Meant To BeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385741782

ISBN - 13:9780385741781


Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I abosultely feel in ove with this story, 100% recommend.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witty, Charming and Romantic! With a frustratingly adorable protagonist, and an equally frustratingly adorable sidekick, it's not surprising that I finished Meant to Be with the biggest of smiles on my face. Surprisingly romantic, with a lot of foot-stamping and playful teasing, Meant to Be was charming and sweet in all the right ways! Julia was a great protagonist. Hot-headed and the first to correct someone's mistakes, I didn't think I would find her personality attractive. But combined with her clumsiness and quick wit, I found her to be really funny! "Great. Now I'm at a party, surrounded by strangers,in a skirt that's too short, and I'm all by myself. I'm like a walking after-school special. I pull my glass closer to my chest to shield it from wandering roofies and date rapists. I want to roll my eyes, but I'm afraid pretty soon they're going to get stuck in the back of my head, and penis puns are really not worth my permanent facial damage." There were definitely moments in Meant to Be where I agreed with Jason, that she was way too uptight and too self-involved to actually get to know any of her classmates, but it made her self-discoveries that much more poignant. The constant reminders that she was different from her peers, that she was an intellectual, and that she was abhorred at the thought of breaking any rules, were a little excessive. Especially when the only classmates she interacted with were superficial model-types, who only travelled to London for the shopping. But, those characteristics also made it pretty easy for Jason to embarrass her, which was great at adding a little comedic relief. I loved Jason. His romantic side - serenading Julia with a Beatles song (her favourite band) while playing the guitar? Could I have swooned any harder? - was surprising, considering his class-clown title and constant inability to take anything seriously. It also made those moments that much sweeter, as he showed Julia a side that I'm sure most people never get to see. And then it broke my heart that much harder, when only moments after turning into the would-be perfect guy, he gives Julia the cold shoulder in favor of the popular crowd. I couldn't understand why he was so hot-and-cold with Julia, so I didn't doubt her confusion over his feelings for one second! Meant to Be's plot was fast-paced and fun, but there were a couple inconsistencies that had me cringing internally. At one point, Julia leaves the hotel to go for a run, wearing bright pink shorts. After accidentally locking herself out of her room, she sleeps over in a certain boys room but comments on how uncomfortable it was going to be to sleep in her jeans. The next morning she borrows a cleanish t-shirt from this boy, and again, comments on having to wear yesterday's jeans. Later, she's frustrated when her pay-as-you-go phone runs out of minutes, and only a chapter later she's seen texting on it without us having seen her top up her phone with more minutes. Not make-or-break moments, but enough to distract my attention from the story. Granted, these inconsistencies might be fixed in the final version. Witty, charming and romantic, I loved Meant to Be. I caught myself sniffling a couple times, as Julia shared memories of her father, and I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation thanks to Julia and Jason's sexual tension. And having experienced London though Meant to Be's setting, it has definitely moved up on my list of cities to visit!
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! OMG This book is totally STB, sure to be a great love story, I absolutely love Jason & Julia! It's a great light hearted, contemporary read for the summer. If you're a fan of Stephanie Perkins, this story set abraod in London will gladly leave you with just as many feels
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute and Easy to read This was a really cute story... You want something easy to read? You have it here. London, teenage love, triangle love! But as in every teenage love story, the girl always is annoying... Yes, she's smart. Yes, she's a know-it-all. Yes, she's an athlete. Yes, she has a sad story. Ahhh... First love... #fairytale #MTB
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good This book was cute and kinda plot twisting but at the same time predictable and a bit slow....I kept wanting more but it took forever to get to the point.
Date published: 2015-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Entertaining and Cute Screw Paris, London is the real city of love. First off, let me state that this book is pretty cliche. And pretty predictable. It also has its cheesy moments, too. You practically know the ending (or at least the answer to the biggest question of all: who will Julia end up with?) when you read the summary. Hate to say it, but that part is very predictable. But i like it. Meant To Be is a cute YA read about Julia, a girl who thinks she knows who 'the one' - her Meant to Be, as she calls it - is. Only thats changed when she goes on a class trip to London with twenty of her classmates and is partnered with Jason, a huge ass. And when Jason convinces her to let go and break some rules, Julia ends up drunk at a party and gives her phone number out to many strangers, strangers she cant remember when she wakes up the next morning. But when she gets a text from Chris, things are looking up and Jason offers to help her in extchange for her help with assignments. Thus begins Julia's search for romance, for her one and only... I was plesently surprised with the ending. Okay, i totally and completely predicted who Julia ends up with (hey, i knew it before i started and still wanted to read it-because i know the ending kind of makes the story and her journey more exciting to read). But the other part... i liked how things tied together nicely in the end. I really enjoyed reading this book. Although, beware, its cliche and if youre someone who cant stand the cute, fluffy romances, dont read it. I will admit, its silly of Julia to think she met 'the one' when she was six and had crazy expectations and hopes and kind of obsessed over this guy, and it frusterated me that in school and whatnot she never really made a move, but yet she is so dead set on Mark being hee MTB. But she doesnt really know anything about him! You cant base your love life about facts about someone from ten years ago! But i know girls who do get really hung up on guys, like what Julia is doing, and Morril makes it believable. Its still a bit annoying, but there is a good storyline and nice characters. Its not a deep book but it has (slightly) serious undertones that fits nicely with the mean idea of the story. We get to experience London, which is also awesome. But i wouldnt read it again. Its a book i may pick up once in a while to read some cute parts but i wouldnt re read it, cover to cover. Its a meaningful book and i felt for Julia. I could understand her actions and how she seems so confused, and felt for her. Meant To Be is a really good book, one that had me laughing at times and smiling stupidly, and one that also had me shaking my head wanting to tell Julia what to do. Its doesnt have many life messages but i'd be lying if i said it has none. Julia experiences loss and different kinds of love. She goes to London as an organized girl who likes planning, and ends up experiencing some adventure, living a little, which is always something i enjoy in a book. Also she screws up so many times and learns from her mistakes, although i do have to say that, to all of you people out there that like someone or arent sure if they like you or ANYTHING like that, here are my, Morrills, really, tips for you: 1. Dont make assumptions. 2. Use your words and, if you dont know the answer to 'does he like me?' ASK, or TELL him that you like him. Just use your words! Thats what we learn and what i want to tell Julia, but, like a lot of real people, she doesnt know. Which is what makes this book good. Could you imagine a story where the lead character has no doubts, no fears, makes no mistakes? Yeah, i dont think a book like that would do anything for me. Meant To Be is sweet and cute and an 'awwee' book - if you like those books, read on. If they frusterate you, dont. But really, its entertaning and fun and i dont think its overly cheesy: Morrill could have done so many things to make this book so sappy and cliche and predictable and it wouldve ruined it. I guessed who Julia ends up with, but its still a nice story. And i was surprised when i figured out... everything inbetween. Its a really good book, with strong characters and definitely a good romance. Enjoyable and cute and funny and sweet and touching. And just really nice.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun YA comtemporary Adventure in London Originally published on Julia Lichenstein has always followed the rules, kept to her books and gotten straight A’s. When the opportunity comes up to spend her spring break in Jolly Olde England where her parents went on their honeymoon there’s no way she can pass it up. She’s done the research, read the books, and is ready to take in all the sights. With her trusty #2 pencils, and pocket Shakespeare she’s ready for anything. Well at least she thought so until she’s paired up with Jason the class clown as buddies. Soon rule abiding Julia finds all her plans have gone out the window. She sneaks out to a party and starts getting into trouble with her teacher. Could it get any worse? Things start looking up when Julia gets some romantic text messages from a mystery suitor. She knows it must be from one of the people she met at the party, but she’s having trouble determining which one. With help from Jason, Julia flirts back and eventually decides to try to meet up with the mystery texter. This guy probably won’t make her forget about her MTB (Meant to Be) Mark Bixford her childhood crush back home, but it just might help salvage the rest of the trip. Julia has no idea that the biggest surprise is still yet to come, because sometimes the things you least expect turn out to be the most meant to be. As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew that I needed to read it because it’s definitely the kind of book I enjoy. Nothing beats a good contemporary YA book and one that takes place in a foreign country, even better. Let’s first talk about the cover of the book. I think that it’s great; it fits the story and I love the bright colors with the backdrop of London. I could even see it working as a poster because girls would definitely hang that up in their rooms. First impressions after seeing the cover is that we are in for a fun romantic story, and that’s exactly what you get. Overall I really enjoyed the story. I actually found Julia very relatable, but I think it’s probably because I feel like I was just like her in high school (maybe not to the same extent with following the rules :) ) I mean she’s a fellow bibliophile, who is a romantic at heart, has an insane fear of birds and loves planning ahead and organizing stuff…It’s like we are kindred spirits. Sure I thought at times she was annoying and unrealistic about her expectations for finding love, but generally I liked her and was rooting for her. She definitely loosened up towards the end of the story. Like Julia I’ve dreamed of going to London and still haven’t had the pleasure. I know that when I get the chance I will want to plan a good itinerary, and have guide books with maps because I want to fit in as much as much as possible into the short time I’m sure that I would have. I actually liked Jason as well. I think that he covers up his intelligence with humor, but he is still a smart and caring good guy. He warms your heart and gets you on his side. I think that it’s funny that he calls Julia Book Licker, and it was amusing when Julia is in her hotel room and finally comes to the realization of why everyone calls her that. That scene was cute, and I laughed at the situation. I loved the setting. It felt like Lauren Morrill took us on a mini tour of London and we got to see the sights through Julia’s eyes with some help from Jason to make things a little more interesting. The whole story is quite predictable, and really isn’t anything brand new. I mean read the synopsis of the book, and you can probably guess exactly what is going to happen. I have an uncanny ability to do so for books, movies and tv so I figured everything out almost from the very beginning, but I didn’t care. The way that Lauren Morrill writes it made the whole journey worth the read. She really is witty and quirky and fun. I was laughing and enjoying every word. She is reminiscent of Stephanie Perkins; I think that this comparison has been floating around the book world and I definitely agree. That’s not a bad comparison because I adore Stephanie’s writing. I would recommend this book to others who enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith because this is a cute contemporary YA with a fun international twist. If you have yet to read those books get a move on to the bookstore right now! Favorite quote: When Jason ‘messes’ up on a Shakespeare quote and says “Love looks not with the eyes but with the heart” Of course Julia is too busying thinking about the mistake to truly hear the beautiful words that Jason is saying to her. Clueless girl!!
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute romp through London! Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars) Julia is spending her spring break on a class trip to London, England – away from Phoebe, her BFF and Mark, her childhood crush and MTB (aka “Meant to Be”). When the chaperoning teacher pairs her up with the class clown, Jason, she can’t believe her luck. Julia’s studious nature immediately doesn’t mesh with Jason’s partying ways when he convinces her to sneak out to a party after curfew on their very first night. Thus begins a comedy of errors involving alcohol, a “cooler” alter-ego and an “emergency only” cell phone being used for texts with strangers. The unlikely pair strike up a deal: Julia will help them with their assignments on the trip and Jason will help Julia out with the mysterious texter. This leads them on a whirlwind tour of the city, all the while leading her to the revelation of what exactly is meant to be. This was an adorable contemporary story. It evokes the same feelings as that of, say, Anna and the French Kiss – a cute YA romance set abroad in a foreign country. At a glance, the characters seem like your stereotypical high school types: the book worm, the loyal BFF, the queen bee, the class clown. (Although I could do with a little less use of “Book Licker”, Jason’s nickname for Julia.) However, Morrill develops the cast to be more than a one dimension caricature, through the scenarios that they find themselves in. My only hang-up about some YA contemporaries, and this being one of them, is that it tends to be quite predictable in its storyline. To be honest, I had a general idea of where it was going but the driving narrative did throw me for a few surprises. That being said, half the fun is seeing how the whole thing plays out among the characters. It’s not necessarily the end result but the journey that the reader goes on. A cute & entertaining trip to London! This, and other reviews can be found on
Date published: 2012-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute and funny When I saw the cover and synopsis of Meant to Be, I knew I had to read it. It sounded cute and funny, and that’s exactly what it was. While it did have its issues, it still managed to be, in my opinion, another in a line of great contemporary young adult books of 2012. I had mixed feelings about Julia. I could relate to her in a lot of ways - I’m a planner (although not to the extent she was), and I love to learn and read and explore. I could also relate to her with losing a parent and having those emotions stirred up even though it happened a long time ago. She was smart and could be very funny (not always on purpose, which often made it funnier), but she was also a know-it-all and was constantly correcting people when they made mistakes. Everything was very black and white for her, and a lot of the things she said and did irritated me. She would get an idea in her head and there was no swaying her, even though she was wrong most of the time. She dwelled on things so much that she didn’t enjoy half the trip - a trip that she had been waiting her whole life to take. She does, however, grow as a character, and despite her flaws I enjoyed watching her develop and learn a lot of life lessons that are particularly hard to learn, especially at that age: appearances can be deceiving; not everyone fits into the little mold you place them in; sometimes you’re wrong, sometimes people surprise you beyond belief, and sometimes you get your heart broken because of it, but other times it can be the best thing in the world. Even though the overall theme of the book was light and humourous, there were lessons to be learned, and I appreciated that. Jason was a conundrum, and I have to admit I liked that about him, because as a character he was never predictable. He would be snarking at Julia and being a jerk one minute, but then the next minute he’d do something totally swoonworthy. Julia was so regimented and anal, and I loved that Jason made her do things she wouldn’t normally do, and helped her to realize that life isn’t all about rules and guidelines and restrictions. I enjoyed the scenes between them, whether they were arguing, teasing each other, or stepping around their growing feelings. They were comical, adorable, and at times, infuriating. What I love about books set in another country, and something Ms Morrill captured perfectly in Meant to Be, was that London was like another character in the book. London is one of my top 3 dream destinations; I’ve wanted to go there for as long as I can remember, and this book made me want to go even more. I felt like I was traipsing alongside Julia and Jason through the city, soaking it all in. Overall, while Meant to Be wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I still enjoyed it very much. The flaws within the characters made them more human and believable; the setting was vibrant and authentic, and just plain perfect; and the story itself had all the elements - humour, romance, tension, and genuine emotion - that make contemporary young adult my favourite genre.
Date published: 2012-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute YA Cotemporary Romance If you're a fan of YA contemporary romances, I would recommend Lauren Morrill's debut novel Meant To Be in a heartbeat. It's such a cute read filled with laughs, misconceptions and first love, all set against the backdrop of London, England. And how awesome is the book cover? I positively adore it! Ever since Julia was a young girl, she's had a crush on Mark Bixford. They were neighbours and childhood friends before he moved away years ago, but now he's back in town. Even though he hasn't talked to her since then, Julie can't help declaring him to be her MTB ("Meant To Be"). An ocean apart from her best friends on the swim team and her MTB, Julia is on an educational class trip in England with the popular students she thinks don't like her. And worst of all, Jason, the class clown who drives her insane, has been assigned to be her partner. But after sneaking off to a wild party, Julia begins receiving mysterious text messages the next day and the only way she'll learn the person's identity is through Jason's help... Julia was hilariously clumsy and endearing, finding herself in awkward situations which made me laugh out loud. In the beginning, I found her personality to be kind of uptight and judgemental to her classmates. Because they didn't show a great historical appreciation for the city of London, Julia looked down on them without really giving them a chance, but surprisingly thanks to Jason, she becomes more open-minded. Julia was so focused on reading her guidebooks that she didn't simply look up and take in the city with her own eyes, experiencing it for herself. Whereas Julia was an absolute rule-follower, Jason wasn't afraid to break the rules and take risks, thinking about the consequences later. After his parents messy separation, he doesn't believe someone can be your MTB, yet he was still willing to help Julia find hers anyways. There was definitely more to Jason than Julia was willing to admit, but I felt like the novel only brushed the surface when it came to his backstory. I loved the close bonding moments between the pair, but my feelings were just as confused as Julia's when he would suddenly ignore her at times. To me, if the book had evoked a greater depth of emotion and character vulnerability, I would have fallen harder for Meant To Be. There are flashes of moments when the characters expose themselves, but the book ultimately slips back into lighter territory. This wasn't necessarily good or bad, but rather, I felt some of the book reviews I've read for the novel misled me in a way. I mean, I absolutely thought Meant To Be was a fun book, but it slightly differed from my expectations, that's all. Meant To Be is a highly entertaining read which left me eagerly flipping through the pages. I'll definitely be on the lookout for Lauren Morrill's next YA novel! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2012-11-13

Editorial Reviews

"If you’re into swoony romances with a little bit of history thrown in, you’ll love Meant to Be. I love this book because it’s funny, it has a super-relatable heroine, and it features a ton of romantic tension...Lauren Morrill rules and this book is awesome.""The author has a good ear for comic dialogue." --Kirkus Reviews"Morrill’s debut is entertaining and quick-witted." --Publishers Weekly"The traveling details are part of the fun: her friends are into shopping, not Shakespeare, and there are raucous puns about Big Ben. The contemporary scene with consumer name-dropping will grab readers...The core drama is the romance, with all its turnarounds and timeless realism." --Booklist"This delightful debut explores the excitement and insecurities of an unexpected first love...A great choice for teens who enjoyed Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Gabrielle Zevin’s Elsewhere, or Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares." --School Library Journal