Julie Lichtenstein is on a Spring Break trip to London with her high school classmates. Her best friend had to cancel, so Julie ends up being paired with Jason Lippincott, the class clown and player. They are all given cell phones with strict instructions to only use them in an emergency and no texting. Of course, these teens find ways around this and a series of texts really runs the plot and makes everything more hilarious by the end of the book.
I had a few problems with this book but the charm was great. The problem is that Julia never takes a shower, never seems to wear makeup on a daily basis nor does anything to remotely improve her looks. In fact, her actions and accidents seem to make her look worse. Yet, the boys are still attracted to her. Also, her relationship with Jason needs a bit more depth. It felt like we were only scratching the surface there. The book was very funny and I did like the idea that opposites do attract. However, I think Julia and Jason were much more alike than they appeared.
What did this book have to do with my faith? In Meant to Be, Julie learns to get her head out of books and Jason learns to get serious. How much of our faith comes from a a book/The Book. Do we spend too much time studying and worshipping and not enough time in relationships? Sometimes it is in our relationships with non-Christians that we are able to truly evangelize. We have built trust with them and can talk about truer and deeper things.
I recommend Meant to Be.