Published by Random House Children's Books on November 13th 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, School & Education, Young Adult
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Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 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 (
Julia Lichtenstein has wanted to go to London ever since her parents told her how they fell in love with the city on their honeymoon. Things have changed since then, and even though her dad has died, her wish hasn’t—too bad she’s headed across the pond with her classmates, who enjoy pub hopping over getting a cultural experience at the Tate. This trip isn’t about them, though, and she’s going to assimilate as much information as possible. Unfortunately, she gets partnered up with an immature, pompous jerk, whose newest aspiration is to make Julie, AKA “Book Licker”, break every single rule in the book. He forces her to get her nose out of a book and participate in life rather than only reading about it—but once she does, can she remember how to enjoy life?
Julia would have rather snuggled with Mr. Darcy than with a real boy, unless it was Mark, her MTB (Meant to Be). I understood Julia’s character more than I’d like to admit, since she’s such a loner. Going to London was the first real adventure that she took, outside of her novels, and she knew everything her guild book could tell her but was oblivious to the actual things going on around her. She had been so busy falling in love with places she’d never been and people she’d never meet, that when her real Prince Charming is handed to her, she didn’t notice. I had hope, though, going on this journey with Julia and Jason. Everyone has his or her flaws, but patience just might reward you with the novel worthy guy.
At first, Jason Lippincott acted like the stereotypical, egotistical jerk. He slowly slid his way into my good graces, and whenever Julia spent time with him something hilarious and entertaining happened. This redheaded Sox’s fan was completely wrong and completely right for her.
One of the things that interested me the most about this story had to be the setting. Who wouldn’t want to go on an escapade in London? Even though I’ve never been myself, I have also wanted to go, and reading Julia’s version of London made me want to go even more. I can only hope for an adventure as wild as hers, but even when she did colloquial activities Morrill made every step exciting.
Both Julia and Jason got to question how they looked at love and life. There were multiple different kinds of love that prevailed throughout the story, and each of the characters had a different outlook. Julia began the novel being more self-centered and pretentious and had to learn that most people are more than his or her outward appearance. There’s no possible way you couldn’t enjoy this journey of self-discovery and first love.