Meant to Be by Emily Giffin Book Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A restless golden boy and a girl with a troubled past navigate a love story that may be doomed before it even begins, in this “lively page-turner” (The New York Times) from the author of All We Ever Wanted and The Lies That Bind.
“I’m a sucker for an iconic, against-all-odds love story, and Meant to Be truly delivers.”—Tia Williams, author of Seven Days in June
The Kingsley family is American royalty, beloved for their military heroics, political service, and unmatched elegance. In 1967, after Joseph S. Kingsley, Jr. is killed in a tragic accident, his charismatic son inherits the weight of that legacy. But Joe III is a free spirit—and a little bit reckless. Despite his best intentions, he has trouble meeting the expectations of a nation, as well as those of his exacting mother, Dottie.
Meanwhile, no one ever expected anything of Cate Cooper. She, too, grew up fatherless—and after her mother marries an abusive man, she is forced to fend for herself. After being discovered by a model scout at age sixteen, Cate decides that her looks may be her only ticket out of the cycle of disappointment that her mother has always inhabited. Before too long, Cate’s face is in magazines and on billboards. Yet she feels like a fraud, faking it in a world to which she’s never truly belonged.
When Joe and Cate unexpectedly cross paths one afternoon, their connection is instant and intense. But can their relationship survive the glare of the spotlight and the so-called Kingsley curse? In a beautifully written novel that captures a gilded moment in American history, Emily Giffin tells the story of two people searching for belonging and identity, as well as the answer to the question: Are certain love stories meant to be?
Meant to Be (Emily Giffin) Book Reviews
UninspiredThis story is basically a rip off of the real life love story of John F Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bessette minus the plane crash - right down to him failing the bar exam and her wedding dress. It’s so uninspired as we all already know that REAL love story. I knew everything that was about to happen because the author did not even try to use her imagination, other than to change the characters names. 👎🏻.JP of the bayScore: 2/5
If only…Perfection, down to the title. I’ve always wondered what life would have been if they had lived, especially current political issues. Thanks for letting us dream a bit!.Neighbor MelissaScore: 5/5
Great Summer ReadI love all of Emily’s books, however this one was really good. I could not put it down..Jamiepatnode8332Score: 5/5
Love letter to the KennedysThis book was so beautifully written in a way that makes you fall in love with the Kennedys all over. Of course it’s not truly about the famous family, but about the fictional Kingsley family. I couldn’t put it down and just loved when I came across something and thought “wait that’s familiar.” Like didn’t JFK Jr have a dog named after a day of the week? Friday? I would find myself putting the book down and googling about the Kennedys. Although, it was very hard to put the book down. I was too young to remember much about JFK Jr, but this book sent me down a rabbit whole. Even if you don’t much about the famous family, you will love this book..LiliJobesScore: 5/5
Amazing as always!Really enjoyed the story line!.S-Renee83Score: 5/5
So good!I read it in a day! I couldn’t put it down. I have always been a huge fan of Emily’s books. I think this might be her best yet!.Afkndsafjdsklj;aScore: 5/5
Hard to get past…The story of Joe is a clear rip off of the Kennedys . It’s so similar I found it distracting..J224seusScore: 2/5
Meant To BeNot her best book. I would save your money and pass on this one. It’s a copy story of John Kennedy Jr. and it’s not even interesting.LuvtireadScore: 2/5
DisappointedThis feels like a departure from other books I’ve read by this author. It too closely resembled JFK Jr and his wife. Pretty early in the book the story becomes too parallel to JFK Jr. It’s one thing to resemble one another and completely different to copy JFK Jr. only changing small details. Such a shame, I’ve truly enjoyed the rich characters I know this author can create..FakeApp300Score: 2/5
Skip itCaroline and JFK with their names changed. Ridiculous.Dale18wedScore: 1/5
Just okVery slow start. And it felt like the ending was rushed and predictable..FhxjsoeijnScore: 3/5
Great readPerfect summer book, just what I needed..CawatergirlScore: 5/5
Good read.Good story, it slowed and flagged in places, however moved me in several spots. The constant self doubt is a little overwhelming, but the truest of heart warming romance is buried here, just requiring the reader to persevere. A definite do not miss, addition to your must read list..LedossScore: 4/5
A quick and good read.Loved the Carolyn and JFK Jr. theme. Sweet story about honest love of complicated people..HeatherOKCScore: 5/5
Copy catTaken from JFK and Caroline. It was awful. Sorry I bought it..Llarese13Score: 1/5
Just Wonderful!Meant to Be was outstanding! I enjoy all of Emily Giffins novels, but I must say this was was one of my favorites. I really liked the modern day spin on Kennedy inspired U.S. history. Between the romance, family drama, and friendships you aren’t going to want to miss this one!.Bnh001Score: 5/5
Great book!Meant To Be is inspired by John Kennedy and Carolyn Bassett-Kennedy. The author writes in an authors note at the end of the book about the inspiration. I know of the couple and picked up on some similarities but this story stands on its own. It is about two people with different backgrounds forming a relationship with the added pressure of fame and expectations. The book is told from Joe’s POV and Cate’s POV. Often I got to see the same discussion from each characters POV which let me see more info their minds. I absolutely loved this book for the romance, can love conquer all, story. I’ll admit I thought of John and Carolyn throughout the book and wondered how many of the scenes were from their lives vs fiction. It added another element to an amazing book! This is the perfect escape read!.Love to Read 18Score: 5/5
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