Meant to Be - Emily Giffin

Meant to Be

By Emily Giffin

  • Release Date: 2022-05-31
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 313 Ratings)


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 “glorious, satisfying” (Adriana Trigiani) new novel 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?


  • Great Summer Read

    By Jamiepatnode8332
    I love all of Emily’s books, however this one was really good. I could not put it down.
  • Just ok

    By fhxjsoeijn
    Very slow start. And it felt like the ending was rushed and predictable.
  • Copy cat

    By llarese13
    Taken from JFK and Caroline. It was awful. Sorry I bought it.
  • Disappointed

    By FakeApp300
    This 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.
  • Skip it

    By Dale18wed
    Caroline and JFK with their names changed. Ridiculous
  • A quick and good read.

    By HeatherOKC
    loved the Carolyn and JFK Jr. theme. Sweet story about honest love of complicated people.
  • Amazing as always!

    By S-Renee83
    Really enjoyed the story line!
  • So good!

    By afkndsafjdsklj;a
    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!
  • Hard to get past…

    By j224seus
    The story of Joe is a clear rip off of the Kennedys . It’s so similar I found it distracting.
  • Great book!

    By Love to Read 18
    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!