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BOOK REVIEW: The Me I Meant To Be

The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan

Publication Date: January 1, 2019

(Shout out to the HMH Teen booth at Yallwest for the ARC)

I went into this thinking I would not like it. I mean it features one of my least favorite tropes: best friends having feeling for/dating the same guy.  Yet I had the desire to pick it up and surprisingly I got into it (I read most of in one sitting). I had some issues and I liked Flor a lot more than Willa, but overall it was a fun and quick read. 

What I liked:

  • Flor and Grayson (their chemistry was great)
    • I just have a soft spot for nerdy guys okay
  • It mentioned some social issues that it could have easily ignored 
    • That being said, they don’t really discuss them, so please don’t pick this up thinking it’s going to have an in-depth analysis of social issues
  • The whole “Girl Code” thing, even though it wasn’t super relevant to story, it was a nice addition 
  • How fast I got into the story, I have been having a hard time getting into books recently, but I fell right into this one
  • There were some great quotes and inner monologues by the characters
  • Seeing two different family dynamics 
    • Family is a big part of each of the girl’s storylines and it was great to see the struggles the two families go through 

What I did not like:

  • There is no overarching plot, it relies on following these two girls for a set amount of time
  • For being best friends Willa and Flor rarely hang out and text (maybe I am just a clingy friend…)
  • Willa’s entire plot line, to be fair that is because I don’t like it when characters are like “we can’t be together because of _____ reason” and then just make out two seconds later, only to repeat the whole thing two chapters later
    • I did like her family plot line though and seeing her relationship with her sister 
  • It seemed too dramatic, Flor and Zack were barely together and yet she seemed so sure they were going to get back together
  • The ending felt was weird and rushed 
    • Again, we don’t see Flor and Willa interacting that much and no spoilers, but it did not feel real to me

To be honest, I think I would have liked this a whole lot more if Flor was the main character and Willa was a side character. Since it was dual POV, their character arcs felt a bit stunted at times. I would have liked the book to be a bit longer to see more character growth with their various relationships. 

3/5

xoxo, Tree 

Goodreads Link: The Me I Meant to Be

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