First Lines: There are certain things in life that just suck. Pouring a big bowl of Lucky Charms before realizing the milk is expired, the word “moist,” falling face-first into the salad bar in front of the entire lacrosse team…
My timing for reading this was actually really ironic. See, this book takes place over spring break, and I just started mine. Totally accidental, I swear. I hadn’t read the synopsis for this book in so long, I couldn’t even remember what it was about, but I knew I wanted to read it. That was a funny coincidence.
Julia has always known that fate will bring her the right guy. She just has to wait for him. For straight-A, rule-following Julia, it’s a wait she doesn’t mind. And she just knows her Meant-T0-Be is Mark, her childhood neighbor and crush. But this Spring Break will throw Julia for a loop when she’s paired with Jason Lippincott on their class trip to London. Jason is the annoying class clown who does whatever he can to be the center of attention. After Julia starts getting flirty texts from a mysterious admirer, Jason promises to help her find out who is sending them…as long as she agrees to break some rules along the way. And so begins the goose chase through London that is leading Julia closer and closer to what she didn’t expect to find: love. Because sometimes the most surprising things are the most meant to be.
I thought this was really cute. And when I started reading, I didn’t realize this was a debut novel either. That was kind of impressive.
Alright. Down to business. I thought Julia was really relatable, but part of that might be because we are practically the same person. So much of what Julia did or said is the same kind of thing I would do. The other characters in the story were well-written too. It was nice getting to know them along the way.
What I really liked about this book was the setting. I’ve always wanted to visit London. This had really nice descriptions of the city as well as little facts interspersed about the locations the class visited. (Julia’s kind of a nerd. Jason calls her “Book Licker.”) I really enjoyed seeing London through Julia’s eyes.
I know I don’t normally talk about this much in my reviews, but the figurative language was really great in this. Julia has a very dry wit that comes out in metaphors and other figurative language. Like once, she says that people had to move out of the way of the S.S. Inconsiderate [Jason]. That really stuck with me afterward because it was so funny and unexpected.
This book was really cute. There are some good themes throughout about love and friendship and self-discovery, but that’s about it. It doesn’t have a whole lot of depth otherwise, but I didn’t expect it to. It was a cute spring break read and got my break started off right.