Title: The Me I Meant to Be
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: HMH Teen
Pub Date: January 1, 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.
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Continue reading to see my review of The Me I Meant to Be
When I started reading The Me I Meant to Be, I really had no clue what I was going to be getting into. I grabbed a copy when I was at YALLWEST last year, and it had been sitting on my shelf ever since, so I didn’t remember much about it when I decided to pick it up, but I really enjoyed it, and I was so glad I didn’t refresh myself on the summary before I started reading.
Willa and Flor are best friends, but Willa has always had a crush on her next door neighbor, and Flor’s ex-boyfriend, Zach. Willa knows he’s off-limits, and she would never dream of doing that to Flor, but one thing leads to another and soon the two are dating behind everyone’s back. Willa is torn between wanting to be a good friend to Flor, but thrilled at finally having a chance to be with Zach. Naturally, this leads to a major dilemma for Willa, as she tries to decide to tell Flor about her new relationship, or if she should just quit things with Zach before she gets too attached.
Flor is devastated over her breakup with Zach. Their breakup was sudden, and she wishes that things would have ended up differently. On top of that, her dad is pretty absent from her life now that he has a new girlfriend, who’s only a few years older than Flor. To round it all out, Flor can’t seem to stop thinking about her tutor, though she can’t seem to figure out why.
Willa and Flor grow and learn so much about themselves throughout the course of this novel. Willa realizes that her feelings matter, and shouldn’t be overlooked just to keep others happy. Flor finally confronts some of her family issues, and is able to move on to a better place in her relationship with her father.
I really loved the romance throughout this book. Both couples complement one another in a way that brings out the best in all of them. I was swooning hard over these couples, through all of the ups, downs, and unexpected surprises. I give The Me I Meant to Be 5/5 stars.
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*