Review | The Me I Meant To Be by Sophie Jordan

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Title | The Me I Meant To Be
Author | Sophie Jordan
Pages | 304 pages (Kindle)
Genre | YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher | HMH Books for Young Readers
Series | None (Standalone)
Release Date | Tue 1st Jan, 2019

Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex.

Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…

No keeping secrets from your bestie.

Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.

Breaking the code breaks friendships.

Romance novels are something I absolutely adore. I love that moment when the guy gets the girl, or when two best friends realise there is something more between them. I’m a hopeless romantic, and they have fuelled my incredibly unrealistic expectations for my boyfriend. He is fine with it – though I’m still waiting on my incredibly grand gesture. Sophie Jordan’s The Me I Meant to Be was admittedly a little higher on my expectations, but it certainly delivered me some romance – so I’m content.

The book is told from two rotating point-of-views: Willa and Flor. If I’m completely honest, I’m not a massive fan of mixed POV books – I think they have to be expertly pulled off, like in You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon. While the narrative of the story wasn’t atrocious, it did mildly put me off wanting to pursue anymore of the story. As well as this, the pace of the book seemed very askew. Most of the books action happened within the last few chapters, which made the middle of the book feel almost redundant.

I feel like I like Willa’s character more – she seemed to be more level-headed and more of a rounded character. Both girls had difficult lives, and while their stories were unique and fairly intricate, I just couldn’t help but find parts of Flor a little too … flawed. Her reasoning and her behaviour seemed a little off – though representative of a small portion of teenagers, I felt more like she was a stereotypical character rather than a three-dimensional protagonist. Also, the men in the book seemed a little undesirable. In the past, I’ve expressed how I’ve longed for male characters after reading. Who doesn’t want to be wrapped up in Ron Weasley’s arms? (Joking or not, I would). I didn’t crush on any of the male characters – they seemed flat; more secondary than primary to the story.

The book did tackle girl friendships, and the reasoning that goes down behind a lot of female-to-female interaction. I also loved how each chapter started with a girl code – something that every woman should follow. However, Jordan could have had a real opportunity to discuss Chloe’s underlying illness and the true effects of it with her family. We saw the effect it had on Willa, but I felt like it was wasted as not much was done about it. Also, the issue with Dana seemed a little foolish. I understood the outrage; but the reconciliation towards the two felt rushed – too little, too late and slightly inappropriate given the way their relationship panned out.

The Me I Meant To Be felt more like a fluffy side read for me. Sure, I’ll revisit it in the future if I want a cute little romance read. In that criteria, Jordan ticked the box. But the lack of depth behind the story fails to earn a higher score than two. As usual, I encourage you all to give it a chance as views vary; and what didn’t work for me, may possibly work for you!

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Still unsure as to whether this is the book for you? See what other readers had to say!

Julie @ Julalicious Book Reads says “I recommend it to everyone who loves a good YA read.”

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