- Rating: 4 out of 5
- Pub Date: May 7th, 2019
- Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
- Publisher: Wednesday Books
- Product #: 9781250299253
- Pages: Hardcover, 377
Just finished reading this gem around 2 am Monday morning and although I did not know what to expect of it, I truly enjoyed reading this refreshing new story. I don’t follow Christine anywhere and I’ve only watched a couple of her videos, I know she’s super popular in the BookTube community and I did get to meet her last year in Yallfest. However, I read this book because I’m directing the YA Barnes and Noble Club and this book is their first pick of the month and I did enjoy it.
In this story, we follow sweet, introverted, shy Shane. She gets to go to London for a study abroad program in creative writing. She’s a junior in college and apparently, she has been doing college all wrong. She has no friends, no dating experience whatsoever and she’s looking for a fresh new start in life that she thinks will happen in London. And to give her credit she does do well, at least for the first part.
If you get over how annoying her self-pitying and self-loathing go, you can actually really enjoy her character. She’s so funny, outgoing, and sincere. Multiple times throughout the story I found myself laughing and smiling and I even cried once, so there’s that. But this story has an interesting turn of events that you really don’t see coming. Like everything was fun and games until we got to the second part of the book, and I was like “wtf?!” but later on I realized why. And I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away but the turns of events are for the better.
She meets this boy whose name is Pilot (seriously, that’s his name), and they hit it off immediately, that is until she finds out he has a girlfriend and then things get awkward from then on. But the story is still interesting. Their dynamic is unique and they make a really fun couple, and their jokes are totally adorable. Pilot is funny and charming and their connection is incredible. Again, I genuinely liked their relationship.
Shane is fun and quirky and we as bloggers have a lot in common with her. She blogs, she writes for passion and she’s just as lost in this world as we all are. The element of traveling was a nice addition to the story. The characters that we follow in this book not only go to London but they go to many European countries and Riccio does a great job of describing them to us. More than once I felt like I was in one of the sceneries that she painted throughout this book and since one of my goals is to travel the world, I appreciated that she brought a little piece of the world to me.
Anyways, I don’t know what else to say without giving too much away. There’s an element of surprise throughout the middle of this book and what you thought was going to be a story about a girl who lost something important to her ends up being something much more interesting. Shane ends up getting a second shot to relive her past in London and fix her future, but how? I guess you’ll have to read and see.
I would recommend this book if you like traveling book like “Love and Gelato,” and “Love and Luck” by Jenna Evans Welch. If you like the books by Stephanie Perkins, you know “Anna and the French Kiss,” and so on. If you like “I see London, I see France,” by Mlynosky (I think that’s how you spell her last name). If you like books by Kasie West and Morgan Matson you’ll also enjoy this. Anyone 14 years old and older can read this book. And as always guys, thank you for taking the time to read my post, I’ll see you on the next one.