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Falling in Love with English Boys

Falling in Love with English Boys
By Melissa Jensen
Speak, 2010
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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 . . .

So, this book was part blog part Jane Austen.
About that - the transitions weren't very good from one time to another, and each part went way too long. There wasn't a consistent pattern, either. Sometimes, the journal and blog entries went on for a lot of chapters, sometimes they went on for pages. I found myself skimming the Jane Austen-y parts. Also, I know that Cat and Katherine were supposed to have a parallel story, but I found it a little too difficult to see the resemblance.

In spite of all that, at first, I really liked it. Things changed, though and I started getting annoyed with it. Mostly, this was because I couldn't figure out William and I didn't get to hear as much about England as I wanted to. It was a cute story, but I was disappointed in the romance of it all. It was worth reading, but not worth the fine I'll have to pay the library because it was overdue. 

I did like the fact that Cat appreciated friendships with other girls. She made friends quickly in England, and I liked that they were all there for each other during their disappointments. That was the best part of the novel.

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