New Book Review: Meant to Be by Julie Halpern

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky.  I just finished a new eARC I got through Netgalley which I am here to share with everyone.


Six years ago names started to appear on people’s bodies; handwritten names placed over a person’s heart that would lead the person to their perfect mate or their “meant to be”.  The phenomenon made it easy for people to find their soulmates but it also broke up couples, ended marriages and split up families. Agatha has resisted the idea of soulmates.  She believes in free will not in the name the name that appears on her chest the morning of her eighteenth birthday. Agatha resolves to spend her summer with her longtime crush working at a local amusement park and not worry about her maybe soulmate.

I really wanted to love this book.  I really tried but I never quite got to love.  I enjoyed so much about this book.  Agatha is character that has her own beleifs and will not cave to what her friends or society wants her to do.  I loved that.  She decides to ignore what is the social norm and try to follow her own path.  That is awesome.  Plus, there is a lot of discussion of sex by characters who are completely comfortable with topic which is something you don’t always see in YA books but really should be included more often.  However, I never actually liked Agatha.  Her narrative voice is so unique but I didn’t enjoy reading a lot of her musings. There are many secondary characters who just hoover around the edges of the story so that I never really cared about their character resolution.  Plus, once I got to the end of the story I was slightly confused by what was the point.

Bottomline: A fast book that many readers may enjoy however it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Final Ratings: 3.5 our of 5

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