Meant to Be by Julie Halpern

Meant to Be

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 ...

Details Meant to Be

TitleMeant to Be
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews Meant to Be

  • Jen Ryland
    My overall opinion: comic/light dystopian is VERY tough to pull off. Remember Bumped by Megan McCafferty?Well, if you liked that, you might like this.Basically this takes a familiar YA dystopian trope about assigned OTPs (the name of yours suddenly appears tattooed on your chest when you turn eighteen -- think Matched by Ally Condie) and combines it with a YA contemporary narrated by a wisecracking character in a sort of love triangle (she gets ...
  • nick
    An interesting concept that's just not executed as well. And the heroine was annoying. RTC
  • Jane
    3.5 stars
  • Dale
    To be completely up front, I wanted to really like this book - I meet Julie and spoke to her for about an hour in a line at ALA and really enjoyed the time chatting. I'm relieved to say I would have liked this YA romance even if I had never met Julie! It's an interesting premise and filled with terrific dialogue and characters who sound like 18 year-olds actually sound. I feel compelled to add this is a read for mature teens - there's lots of sex...
  • JM Cabral
    Full review to come as on-sale date approaches. For now, I'll leave my short blurb:"Meant To Be is a novel about a young woman defying the rules imposed upon her to prove the importance of choices and freewill. It's a novel that's filled with humor, thanks to a main character who is as funny as she is smart. I might not love it as much as I wanted, but I did like the story as a whole and I would still recommend it for lovers of the contemporary g...
  • Autumn
    Received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review from MacMillian Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley.Along of the lines of the Matched series. I like Julie Halpern's writing style a lot. I enjoyed the book, I had quite a few questions in regards to this process of your Meant To Be's name appearing on your, so many questions. BUT. All-in-all, I enjoyed the book. Honest rating is a solid 3.5 stars.
  • Michelle
    Received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review from MacMillian Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley.The premise of this book is very intriguing about discovering your soulmate or “meant to be”. At 18, a name appears and that person is the person you are supposed to be with forever. This is thought provoking, because 18 is very young to know the person you are supposed to be with for the rest of your life. Part of the fu...
  • Trudi
    On your 18th birthday, the name of your soul mate appears as a tattoo over your heart and is know as your MTB (Meant To Be).Agatha is not sure what to think about this and she believes in free will and doesn't want her mate decided for her. After her tattoo appears, she ends up having a summer fling with a co-worker as a way to defy the tattoo, but everything comes back to the tattoo and should she search for her soul mate.This had the potential ...
  • Heather
    I read an advanced reader copy of this book. Boobs. The main character's breasts were mentioned so often, they deserve their own line in the credits. On to the main theme... it seems like it was mostly skimmed over. Which I guess is okay, because you can't really go very far with the premise of random signatures appearing on people's bodies out of nowhere. I'd say it is a nice quick summer read for when you don't want to think too hard. For those...
  • Chrissie Morrison
    The concept of a "soul mate" has been around for practically forever, but something strange started happening a few years ago.  No one knows why, but people started getting names on their chests.  Not like a tattoo, per se, since they didn't choose the name and/or do it themselves.  Names just started appearing.  Signatures, actually.  Though no one knows why or how this started happening, many people honestly believe that the signature belo...
  • J.D. Knutson
    There are many ways I could approach a review for this book, so I’m not sure where to start. I liked the premise of the book, which is why I decided to read it. I was soon surprised at how much language, vulgarity, and sexual content it contained. However, there is a certain momentum this book creates, so I persevered. Even so, I didn’t respect the narrator, and disliked a lot of what she said.Why did I keep reading? Because this book is well...
  • Katie Scarlett
    I read an ARC I got through a goodreads giveaway.This book was exactly what I needed right now. I needed this light, funny, rebellious soulmate AU.I am confused timeline wise when this book takes place, if it's present-day but alternate universe or if it's slightly in the future. Anyway, about 6 years before this book is set, names started appearing on people's chests, usually above the heart, of everyone over the age of 18. It was determined tha...
  • Maryalice
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When it comes to love, Agatha Abrams is disenchanted. Her parents' relationship didn't survive the MTBs (meant to be), and she firmly believes in free will and choices. Instead of jumping for joy and spending a lot of money to locate her meant to be (or even conducting an online search for him), Aggy rebels against the system. She is determined to fa...
  • John Clark
    How would you feel if someone's name in signature form appeared on your chest when your eighteenth birthday came? The phenomenon started six years ago and nobody's quite sure why. Was it a god thing, or did some company come up with a way to convince almost everyone that these signatures are a shortcut to everlasting true love so they could capitalize on the marketing possibilities? Opinions are mixed and Agatha's more than unhappy when Hendrix C...
  • Sandy
    Set slightly in the future, but society and technology is still mostly the same. About 6 years ago, everyone over the age of 18 suddenly had the name of their 'soul-mate' show up in a 3d tattoo over their heart. Since then, everyone gets that name when they turn 18. It's called your Meant-To-Be (MTB for short). Agatha has just turned 18, but she is not sure she believes in this whole MTB business. She believes in free will, in choosing and making...
  • Becky
    Originally posted at www.bickeringbookreviewscomI received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Summary: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 ...
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  • Kooloo
    Liked the concept but the writing/characters were just to young for my enjoyment
  • Katie
    ARC received through NetGalley. Cute, easy read. Would be good for older readers who enjoyed the Matched series.