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Good Time: Meant To Be Review

Title: Meant To Be
Author: Lauren Morrill
Release Date: November 13, 2012
From The Author: It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But 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.

"Listen, if you want to behave like some over-caffeinated child, that's your prerogative, but leave me out of it. I would never make out with you, and I certainly wouldn't..." Julia

Oh, the joys of a exploring a new country! After reading this novel, I was ready to immediately plan my study abroad trip for college. The tale of Julia and Jason's adventures were exploratory, sinful, and silly. Why do I choose those three adjectives? As Jason taught Julia to be carefree, she found that she could learn much from the goofer. Yet, as Jason spends more time with the narrow-minded Julia, he finds himself using sinful tactics to gain her attention. What resulted from their individual attempts are silly situations that led them around the city. 

Julia and Jason each represent a side of me. Although Julia was focused in academics, she was loyal to her friends and family. She worried about the rules present in life. Thankfully, the rules didn't halt her from searching for that one special thing, her mtb. A "meant to be" is the person your destined to be with. On the opposite spectrum, Jason lived life for its unique experiences. Life was a game he couldn't lose but, never lost sight of his the comprehensive side. Together, they lived by my favorite saying. GO BIG OR GO HOME. 

Not that the inside isn't what counts but, the cover is so sparkly. I particularly love the faded city background.  It's almost if the two are in their own universe while the city lurks in the background. However, in my opinion, I wouldn't include the couple embrace. Since they hate each other, maybe back to back? Close but, opposing. 

For the reckless times had by J&J, I've decided their perfect song is Good Time by Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City. I know at first they don't think they're having a good time but, any two people who start finding ways to interact are definitely having a good time. ;)

The novel doesn't release until November but, watch out for sneak peaks. To curb your wait, here are more artful novels involving international travel. I've read them all. Stupendous reads!
Flirting In Italian                      Lauren Henderson
From What I Remember           Stacey Kramer
Please Don't Tell                      Kelly Mooney
Anna & The French Kiss          Stephanie Perkins

Overall, Meant To Be is fun and cutting-edge with the right dose of reality. Enough cheer to be a lighthearted story but, still makes you ponder on life.  In the meantime, do you have a mtb? I'll let you in on a little secret. My fairy tale mtb is non other than Daniel Sharman. So along with giving you Meant To Be's deserved four stars, Alexander Skarsgard,  I give you my mtb and my love. Explore and follow. 


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