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Meant to Be
Contributor(s): Halpern, Julie
ISBN: 1250094984     ISBN-13: 9781250094988
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2017
Annotation: In a world where the name of one's soulmate appears on the body at the age of 18, Agatha watches as her best friend embraces the phenomenon and falls head over heels in love at the same time Agatha herself begins to question the phenomenon, and her own heart, when she begins falling for a co-worker. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Free will and determinism; Fiction.
Fate and fatalism; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017007307
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (0.90 lbs) 313 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 August #2)

Agatha "Aggy" Abrams, 18, has just received her Meant-to-Be (MTB). An MTB is the name of a person's true love, which magically shows up above his or her heart. Unlike her best friend Lish, Aggy hates the idea of MTBs ("Fuck fate. Screw destiny. I'm team free will"), and she plans on ditching college and heading to Australia to go backpacking. When Aggy's longtime crush Luke proposes a summer fling, she jumps at the opportunity, but matters get complicated when it becomes clear that Luke might be more serious about their romance than she is, and Lish rapidly escalates her relationship with her own MTB, Travis. Halpern (The F- It List) tackles questions of soul mates and destiny in this charming and bawdily funny novel. Aggy's stubborn skepticism gives the story a healthy dose of realism, and Halpern's setup is a smart allegory for the choices teens are forced to make after high school. Whether these decisions are ours or part of a greater plan is irrelevant, Halpern suggests. What matters, as Aggy discovers, is making a choice to begin with. Ages 14–up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

Gr 9 Up—Imagine a world where your soul mate's name would simply appear as a tattoo on your chest on your 18th birthday. Skeptical high school senior Agatha Adams doesn't believe that true love can be predetermined this way. Despite pressure from her best friend, who is completely absorbed in communicating with her own Meant-To-Be (MTB), Agatha refuses to find out more about the name that just appeared above her heart and instead focuses on her crush on Luke, a coworker at the Halloween-themed amusement park. This novel mines typical YA territory with a slightly sci-fi twist that is particularly compelling in imagining how our familiar landscape of social media sites, reality TV shows, and dating algorithms would be used for this type of phenomenon. Agatha's relationships with her high school peers, those who embrace the MTBs with a passion, and her interactions and relationships with older adults such as her mother, uncle, or her boss, are all intriguing studies in how "the Naming" has impacted social mores and cultural calculations—what happens when your long-term boyfriend discovers that you aren't his soul mate? Can there still be casual relationships? Halpern has a fine ear for authentic teenage conversation and doesn't get bogged down in scientific minutia, even as she addresses it in fascinating ways. Despite Agatha's sarcastic acerbity, the novel takes a turn toward conformity by the end that might leave fans of the teen's rebellion disappointed. VERDICT A great choice for where Ally Condie's "Matched" and Kiera Cass's "Selection" series are popular.—Evelyn Khoo Schwartz, Holton Arms School, Bethesda, MD

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