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Falling in Love with English Boys Paperback – December 23, 2010
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I've written lots of stuff over the years, including a few novels, magazine articles, and even a syndicated newspaper etiquette column. I like dinner parties. I don't give nearly enough of them. I love to make lists of whom I would invite if I possibly could. My fab friends aside, there's always a spot for Jane Austen (who probably would always politely refuse), Robert Burns, and Charles Darwin. Then there's Oscar Wilde, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Dalai Lama, and William Steig. Abigail Adams and Oprah. Orlando Bloom (anyone have his phone number?) and Julia Child. Bonnie Robinson: that long-ago English literature teacher, later my creative writing teacher, who told me that I'd better spend a lot more time in England if I was going to insist on writing about it.
My fave places in the world are London and Dublin, neither of which are as foggy as literature would have us believe. I spend as much time as possible in Ireland, often on the edge of one cliff or another. It makes my family crazy. It makes me feel like a Bronte.
Now I live most of the time in Pennsylvania, in a house old enough to have hosted Elizabeth Bennet, if she had cared to visit the Colonies. Of course, as Mrs. Darcy, she would have been very grand and my house isn't, but then, she was all about having a curious and open mind. Not a bad philosophy. I do my best, but it doesn't always work. Nothing will ever make me like sweet potatoes.
Top Customer Reviews
I received an advance release copy of this to read as a professional courtesy. I dutifully cracked the cover, figuring this would be yet another ho hum teen novel, but at least this seemed to be mercifully devoid of vampires. I was instantly entranced by both story lines--the contemporary blogger Cat and her 19th Century counterpart diarist Katherine. The writing is crisp, witty, and intelligent and the voices are authentic for both eras. Bridget Jones meets Jane Austen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly--for teens and readers well beyond those tumultuous years.
The modern-day protagonist, Cat, is awesome. She's sassy and witty and I always get annoyed when I read about teen girls complaining about spending their summer in Europe, but it was totally different with Cat. She had actual reasons and issues to not want to, which I appreciated. She loved chocolate and I loved reading her adventures to the newspaper stand down the street. At first it was just a minor thing, but the characters Cat met at the newspaper stand began to play a real role, and I thought that was a very well written segue. And those characters totally rocked. I was a huge fan of Cat's British friends and I would love to see more of them if Melissa Jensen were to write another book in this world.
I loved Will. He's British - what's not to love? And I loved Cat's interactions with Will. I thought their relationship was well formed and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of romance in this book. I'm a moron, though, because how could I NOT get that from the title? Their text conversations bugged me, but that's just because I hate the level of emoticons they went to, as well as abbreviations.
I was a little annoyed with the historical-fiction-diary-flashback bits at first, because they sort of interrupted Cat's flow for me, but then I really got into them because they allowed the reader to root for another protagonist, Katherine. I also liked how connected the diary was, because rather than just being some random diary Cat found, it was related to her mother's work, and was more believable.Read more ›
For me the best test of how much I like a book is how I feel when I read the end of that last page. The short answer to how I felt when I finished Falling In Love With English Boys was sad - I didn't want it to end. I find myself wondering about Cat and Katherine, I actually miss them. I couldn't wait for the little time I had each day to hang out with them. I highly recommend this book to anyone above the age of 13 or so. You might find, as I did, that the English boys weren't the only thing to fall in love with.
WARNING: This review may have what some may consider as SPOILERS, but I try to be vague as much as possible.
For a title, "Falling in Love with English Boys," there wasn't a lot of said falling in love with English boys. I'll be honest, I chose to read this book because I personally love English boys. I loved Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss, Keith from 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and Garrick from Losing It (to name a few). So I thought, "Hmmm. More English boys to fall in love with?" I was wrong. Most of the book's scenes were either interactions with other people or internal monologues. The falling in love part was probably only less than 25% of the book, and there weren't even much to even swoon over or feel all fluttery. So it was quite a disappointment for me.
Why I didn't fall in love: Let's start with Cat's William Percival - the person who supposedly likes Cat. I just don't get how he thinks. For their first few meetings, Will would say that the cause for these said meetings was because of Cat's mother setting them up together, but apparently he already liked her at the time so why does he not want Cat to feel like their relationship could be more than it is. Another blunder, why did he bring his ex-girlfriend, and act like they're still together. He didn't even deny that they were no longer together when Cat asked! Meanwhile, for Katherine's Nicholas Everard, he was mean at times, but there were some sweet moments. The thing is, we just don't really see much of him in the story so I'm not sure how I'm supposed to fall in love with him.
One thing I like about this book is the concept of how the story was told - It was told through Cat's blog and Katherine's diary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite YA books. One of my favorite books, period. If you can't already tell, I love this book.
Characters - great. Realistic and believable. Read more
Just a fun book that has two stories of young women in love. The stories are interwoven in an amusing manner. Cute voice.Published 8 months ago by Joy E. Hancock
So freaking cute. Took a while to get good and not going to lie didn't read most of Katherine's story, but it was too perfect.Published 16 months ago by lourdes paez
When sixteen year old Catherine "Cat" Vernon's mother informs her that Cat will be packing up her bags and spending the summer in London, Cat isn't exactly happy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by N., The BookBandit
Funny, entertaining book. Even a little bit historical. Totally recommend. Poems, diaries, romance and everything you wish for in a novel. Loved it!Published on September 9, 2013 by annie
I loved this book. I can't tell if that is because I'm from Philly and got all the references or what but its fantastic!Published on August 14, 2013 by reo
The Low Down: Catherine Vernon has no choice in the matter; her mom, or "(s)mother," as she secretly calls her, is spending the summer in London researching... Read more
Havent read it yet but ships quick and looks like a great read....there are ratings on the back that are all positive and a good length for a teen reader... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by drum love
I read a sample of this book at the end of The Fine Art of Truth or Dare and liked the premise right away. I was further pleased to find that Falling In Love.... Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by justanotherbooklover