25 January 2011

Review: FALLING IN LOVE WITH ENGLISH BOYS *****

Sixteen-year-old Catherine Vernon has been stranded in London for the summer—no friends, no ex-boyfriend Adam the Scum (good riddance!), and absolutely nothing to do but blog about her misery to her friends back home. Desperate for something—anything—to do in London while her (s)mother’s off researching boring historical things, Cat starts reading the 1815 diary of Katherine Percival her mom gives her—and finds the similarities between their lives to be oddly close. But where Katherine has the whirls of the society, the parties and the gossip over who is engaged to who, Cat’s only got some really excellent English chocolate. Then she meets William Percival—the uber-hot descendant of Katherine—and things start looking up . . .
I fell in love with this book (no pun intended, ha) as soon as I saw the title and the cover, as I, myself, am also a great fan of England and especially of English boys with their absolutely DREAMY accents! So this book and I were meant to be (I mean, how could I ever refuse it?) and I'd be quite devastated if the book was a let down ... But luckily it wasn't and I ended up totally loving it!

The story is narrated by 16-year-old Cat, a present-day teenager who is stuck in London for the summer while her (s)mother works in the BM, and 18-year-old Kat, who is enjoying her first Season in 1815, falling in love for the first time, getting her heartbroken and trying to figure out who her mysterious admirer is ... Cat is given Kat's diary to read and while they are separated by nearly two centuries, their lives are still quite similar in certain ways ...

What I liked most about the book was not so much the story itself (although that was pretty cute), but moreso the characters and their blogs / diaries.
Cat's entries are absolutely hilarious and she's such a loveable character. She just seemed like such a FUN girl to be hanging out with and she was funny even when she was complaining. Such a great character that I really grew to love!
Kat's is a typical prim & proper Regency girl who has just come out to the society and is now looking for her future husband while making a few wrong turns along the way. Her diary entries were fun to read as well (although her flowery language was in great contrast with Cat's), but I must admit I liked Cat's a tad more - probably just because they were so much fun!

Overall, the book was really enjoyable read and while it wasn't mindblowing in any way really, I still can't help giving it 5 stars just because Cat was such an awesome chick and Will was dreamy (for a teenager) and the book takes place in London (my favourite city EVER!) and it was just SO cute! Not a masterpiece, but still has that extra thing that just makes you feel all happy after you've finished it. :)

overall rating:
plot: 4/5 | writing: 5/5 | characters: 5/5 | cover: 5/5

6 comments:

Sabrina said...

Thanks for this wonderful review.
This book is on my wishlist and your review convinced me to get it soon.

Sharli said...

First time I hear about this book but it sounds fun! I like the format of blog entries and letters. And who can say no to English accents??

Thanks for the review! I'm adding this to my wishlist ;)

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

What a fun story! Sounds great. How can a girl resist an English boy with that sexy accent?:) I love the fact that it's about two similar girls from different time periods. Great review!

Tara (The Bodacious Pen) said...

I've been wanting to read this book for awhile, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

This one sounds like great fun! I must check it out!

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

Thanks for the review! I can’t wait to read this one :)

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