October 18, 2017
DNF Review: Meant to Be
Meant to Be by Julie Halpern
Release date: October 24, 2017
An ARC was provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: In a world where the names of MTBs—"meant to be" mates—appear on the body at age eighteen, a girl must decide whether to believe the phenomenon or follow her heart in this YA novel.
It started happening a few years ago: the names of MTBs—"meant to be" mates—appeared emblazoned on the skin at age eighteen. Agatha's best friend has embraced the phenomenon and is head over heels in love with her MTB. But Ag isn't so sure. As she searches the interwebs for her MTB (who has a common name, no less) she finds herself falling for a co-worker at the local amusement park. Is he a better match? What does Agatha really want in a mate, and moreover, what does she want for herself?
When did I stop reading?: 28%, or 88 pages, in.
The Review: I thought Meant to Be sounded trope-y and fun, but it ended up being ridiculously cringeworthy. Agatha, the main character, thinks she's so much better than everyone else just because she's not into the whole MTB idea. I would've much preferred her to not care so much but respect those who do. Also pretty much everyone in this book has a weird or unusual name - Lish, Hendrix Cutter, Scarlett, Agatha. And by almost 1/3 of the way through the book, nothing felt more than surface deep. Even for lighter romance novels, I like a little more depth to the characters and the plot.
This final point is more personal taste than anything else. I don't like particularly crude books with lots of foul language, and there was just too much of all of that for me to try to keep reading.