Meant to Be

Lauren Morrill. Delacorte, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-385-74177-4
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. Agent: Steven Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/22/2012
Release date: 11/13/2012
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 292 pages - 978-0-375-99023-6
Hardcover - 185 pages - 978-0-375-98711-3
Compact Disc - 978-0-8041-2387-7
Paperback - 292 pages - 978-0-385-74178-1
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