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You Were Meant For Me
by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Published: 2014-10-07
Paperback : 377 pages
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What do you do when you have to give up the person you love most?

Thirty-five-year-old Miranda is not an impulsive person. She’s been at Domestic Goddess magazine for eight years, she has great friends, and she’s finally moving on after a breakup. Having a baby isn’t even on her ...
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Introduction

What do you do when you have to give up the person you love most?

Thirty-five-year-old Miranda is not an impulsive person. She’s been at Domestic Goddess magazine for eight years, she has great friends, and she’s finally moving on after a breakup. Having a baby isn’t even on her radar—until the day she discovers an abandoned newborn on the platform of a Brooklyn subway station. Rushing the little girl to the closest police station, Miranda hopes and prays she’ll be all right and that a loving family will step forward to take her.

Yet Miranda can’t seem to get the baby off her mind and keeps coming up with excuses to go check on her, until finally a family court judge asks whether she’d like to be the baby’s foster parent—maybe even adopt her. To her own surprise, Miranda jumps at the chance. But nothing could have prepared her for the ecstasy of new-mother love—or the heartbreak she faces when the baby’s father surfaces....

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Excerpt

The supposedly hip place in midtown was exactly the sort of place Miranda Berenzweig hated: cavernous, dim and ear-splittingly loud. On one side of the room was a long, sleek bar made of highly polished black marble; on the other, a massive wall of water that rose up from the floor like a tsunami. But since Bea was not only a hostess here but also dating the owner, their girl-group had been lured by the promise of free food and drink. And look, here was Bea coming toward her. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Do you think Miranda’s decision to adopt Celeste was impulsive and ill considered? Why or why not?

2. What do you think of Jared’s decision to give up his child? Was it for her sake or for his own?

3. Has anything happened in your life that you believe was ‘meant to be’?

4. Have you ever done something that a friend did not support and if so, what happened? Was the friendship made stronger as a result or was it damaged?

5. What do you think about Miranda’s attraction to Jared? Should she have succumbed? Why or why not?

6. Why do you think it takes Miranda so long to appreciate what Evan has to offer?

7. How do you view Geneva’s behavior? Are her actions reprehensible or comprehensible?

8. Describe the differences and similarities in Miranda’s relationships to the four men in the novel: Luke, Evan, Jared and her father.

9. Do you have sympathy for Carrie?

10. Does Miranda change and grow in the course of the novel? If so, how does that come about?

11. What makes someone a good mother, or a good parent? Is Miranda a good parent? Is Jared?

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  "It's a Cute Story"by ccroft78248 (see profile) 06/29/15

this was a fun summer read. It evokes the question of what would you do if you found a baby? In today's world there are so many possibilities of what could happen and this story is positive and happy!... (read more)

 
  "you were meant for me"by Carolynr (see profile) 09/21/17

this book was just ok for me...I didn't find the characters having a great deal of depth. especially Jared who I found very immature and self centered. None of it seemed that realistic and ... (read more)

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