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Falling in Love with English Boys Paperback – December 23, 2010
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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. Of course, the problem with this is that you can't really get all the details all the time. Also, I was often disturbed by how Cat uses misspelled words for her blog. I understand that it's a blog, but I don't really like that kind of thing in the narration. It's okay for short texts (i.e. SMS, e-mail, etc.). That's just my opinion though. Also, since Katherine's account was only through her diary, her story was not given a proper ending - only a gist of what happened. I must also admit that I found Katherine's story quite boring most of the time. Also, a huge part of her story was pining for the wrong man, and only a really really tiny part told about the person she should have been falling in love with, who was the person she married.
This is Melissa Jensen's debut novel so that might explain why this book wasn't so good. Although that can't always be an excuse because there are a lot of talented authors who produce amazing debuts. In my personal opinion though, her writing improved in The Fine Art of Truth or Dare. The story was more likable for me. I did notice how she liked using historical texts in her writing. The only problem is she doesn't always relate the writing to the main story so it feels like reading two different stories in one book. One of them I could care less about.
So all in all, I would count this book as a disappointment, but that is just my personal opinion. Should you read this book? I'll give you a Maybe, considering there were some good parts.
Though there are differences, the similarities between them continue when both are in London as stated in "Cat's Cat-astrophic Cat-aclysmic Cat-atonic blog. Cat and Katherine soon find love. Cat relishes the chocolate and the dudes with charming accents, but especially Will who she thinks is Mister Right but acts like Prince Wrong; while Katherine falls in love with Baker though she thinks a lot more of Everard.
Targeting middle school children, Falling in Love with English Boys is clever fascinating tale that enables readers to compare lifestyles of a modern era female teen with a Regency era teen through Cat's observations based on Katherine's dairy. Both lead females are fully developed characters while the males in their lives are less rounded as their mission is to enhance reader understanding of the two felines. Fans will enjoy Melissa Jensen entertaining tale of two girls who prove London Swings now and then.
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