Whether you are packing up the beach bag or looking for a great read to relax in the patio with, you need to check out Meant to Be: The Lives and Loves of a Jersey Girl by Lauren Pizza.
If you like a book that will make you laugh until your cheeks hurt, shed a few tears, and makes you want to keep turning every page, this is it.
When Lauren Pizza was thirteen, she died. Caught under a small sailboat, she struggled to reach the surface, only to find that what she thought was up was actually down . . . and that’s all she remembers. Ever since being resuscitated by two strangers, Pizza has felt a presence in her life from the spirit world. Is it crazy? Maybe. Her family sure thinks so.
Growing up the youngest, and sometimes forgotten, of five in Little Falls, New Jersey, Pizza continues to live the typical life “down the shore” after her accident. She survives high school (barely), goes to college in Dayton, Ohio (which she might have thought was in Florida when she applied), and is ready to settle down with her “perfect” Kennedy-esque boyfriend in Jersey—until she wakes up.
Suddenly free and single, Pizza relies on intuition (and perhaps a few signs) and finds herself a job in the city, a grungy apartment in the West Village, and waits for Prince Charming. When he finally arrives, she doesn’t recognize him: he drives a red Ferrari, sure, but he has hair like Howard Stern and wears more gold chains than Mr. T.
Meant to Be is the story of a blue-collar Jersey girl swept off her feet by an unconventional millionaire, thrust into an entirely new world, where she makes plenty of mistakes and sometimes feels like “I’m from the Jersey Shore” is stapled to her forehead.
I recently got the chance to hop on the phone with Lauren Pizza and I gotta admit I was a little nervous. As soon as I picked up and heard her voice, I was at ease. Little Man came to ask if he could “just ask dad one question“, and I shooed him away whispering that it wasn’t dad and plopped down on my belly in bed.
Notebook on my pillow and pen in hand, I felt like I was catching up with an old high school friend who happens to have a way more interesting life than I do.
Some of my favorite parts in the book are when Lauren takes us along as she meets, dates, marries, and builds her life with Joe Pizza, her husband. The type of guy that “if you could make a billion of him, every woman would be happy“.
I gotta agree with her, and it’s not about the lavish trips and gifts. She really did get “get lucky and the universe listened” and I love that Lauren still knows he’s the right guy after 20 years.
Knowing that Lauren’s dream of writing a book had come to life with Meant to Be out on shelves, I wanted to know what she wanted to accomplish next. She had a kick butt list of things that she would love to accomplish in the next few years.
- More work on her So Tell Me Show where she talks with people about their heartwarming stories and aims to make positive impacts on society.
Help Non-Profits and Special Needs People
- Her Second Book
- She previously did a Romantic Comedy with her sister called “Life Goes On”, and she would love to do another one.
- Mr. Pizza bought a Broadway play and she would love to work on that.
- Stand-Up Comedy – Go for it girl! I know you can do it!
I could relate to Lauren in the tween daughter department with Tween Girl almost 13 now. Her daughter is a few years older so I had to ask if she had any advice for us parents with kids entering the teen years. What she said….seriously….great words of advice.
The more you say what you don’t want, they will do it.
Just ride it out.
Guide them but don’t change them.
Let them be independent and hope you are a good role model.
After Lauren died and came back to life at the age of thirteen, she really took on a different perspective to, well, everything. Lauren is real is not in the “in your face” way, but in the “she really enjoys life” real. Of course, I had to find out who she stays real and what advice she could give us. Again, more great words….think of all the greatness she will come across when you read Meant to Be.
Life life to the fullest and keep going for the next best thing.
Don’t take life too serious and don’t get caught up in it.
The world is my playground.
For all you mammas out there that love the best style, I’ve got the ins for you. Lauren doesn’t go anywhere without lipstick, not even running out of a burning building. (you gotta read the book) So, I found out her must have shade of lipstick for ya……Chanel Glossimer in Twinkle!
Lauren, if you happen to read this, thank you for a book that opened my eyes to the way I view life and inspired me. Like I mentioned on the phone, I think it was “Meant to Be” that I read this book and connected with you. Thanks for being you!