A newly-transplanted Maconite finished second to President Barack Obama and the viral photo of him hugging his wife after clinching re-election last week.
That's when HuffPost Teen editors listed Lauren Morrill's debut book among their "Five Things We're Into This Week."
The praise for Morrill's work has been steady since Delacorte Books, an imprint of Random House, released "Meant to Be," a young adult (also called "YA") novel, earlier this week.
Morrill describes the book akin to the book Cyrano de Bergerac, but involving teenagers in a modern world.
Publishers Weekly called the it "entertaining and quick-witted."
She received five stars from blogger "Ashley Loves Books," a YA book review blog.
"Usually I try to round out a review with at least one negative, but I just can't think of anything! It's perfect. It is everything I want to read...," Ashley writes.
Out of seven reader reviews on Amazon, five customers gave it five stars while one reader gave the book four stars.
One reviewer said she "fell head over heels for this book" but goes on to mention she felt that "things fell apart a little bit on the characterization side" and says that "there was an attempt to include way more characters then the story had real room for..."
A Vine Voice reader, who reads books in advance of book releases specifically for writing Amazon reviews, had only positive things to say: "This will cheer up your whole month. Honestly, one of the most refreshing and cute reads of 2012."
Book review blog Storybound Girl says, "if you're a fan of cute, quick-paced, funny, set-in-London contemporary, it's for you! As I was reading, slightly nerdy Julia and the dialogue gave me a total Gilmore Girls feeling, which is always welcome--love the banter!"
"Meant to Be" is part of a two-book deal. The second book, "Being Sloane Jacobs," is expected to reach bookshelves in 2014.
From the publisher:
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.
It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the-gasp-wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").
But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.
Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.