- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Speak; Original edition (December 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014241851X
- ISBN-13: 978-0142418512
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,372,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Away from her friends, Cats new life in London consists of daily trips to the corner store for her regular chocolate break and blogging about how miserable her life is right now.
Sensing her daughter's sheer and utter boredom, Cat's mother sends William Percival, a descendent of the Percival family (obviously judging by his last name) to hand-deliver a diary that belonged to sixteen year old Katherine Percival. Cat really isn't interested in the diary, but she is interested in Will.
While trying to figure out the best way to catch Will's eye, Cat passes time reading the other Katherine's diary. Through it she learns about life and love in Regency-era London. But beyond that, Cat learns that both life and love aren't always fair.
Will Cat get what, or rather who, she wants? Will she fall in love and live a life true to her own dreams? Or will her destiny be mapped out for her much like Katherine's was over two hundred years ago?
Falling in Love With English Boys, written by author Melissa Jensen, is a contemporary read with a heavy romance angle that will make readers have all the feels.
The writing that fills Falling In Love With English Boys is simply delightful. From the moment the book opens until its final page, readers know that, yes it's a light romance, but it isn't so light it's fluffy. This book has substance. It's smart, it's honest, and most of all, because of the writing it is engaging. Readers will feel as if they know Cat from the inside out. They will feel as if they are a part of the story.
There is a lot to love about Jensen's book - from the setting to Will. But admittedly , at first, main character Cat isn't so lovable. Honestly, she wasn't so likable at the very beginning. When we first meet Cat she comes off as whiney, self-absorbed, and quite boring, what with her wallowing in her own unhappiness, unable to see the bright side of London - the new-found friends, the clothes and the chocolate, and of course the boy. But by the end of the book, I couldn't help but really like her and the person she turned into.
Falling in Love With English Boys was a real surprise. I don't know what I expected of it. After all I really only picked it up because it was set in London, the place I was preparing to travel to myself. But I know I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. And any book that is that full of surprises really is a great book in my opinion.
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