London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a New Adult adventure with a Young Adult feel to it. For once it's more about life than sex, and that's by no means a bad thing - I love a good raunchy romp, but I also love to read the stories about people starting over, following their dreams and finding themselves. London Belongs to Me is the latter.
Alex is a wonderful character - a kooky fangirl who suffers with anxiety and panic attacks, she's easy to relate to and easy to love. She drew me into the story and made me want the absolute best for her. Alex isn't the only great character in this book though - Middleton has created a stellar cast, with a charming and sexy love interest, a strong and no-nonsense best friend (or two), and an evil bitch who you love to hate.
As a Brit it was strange reading about exploring London from a (half) American's point of view, but I think Middleton did well with the concept - I can see this book doing very well on both sides of the pond. She makes London and its residents very British, while still explaining the little UK idiosycrasies for US readers.
London Belongs to Me has all the markings of a great chick-lit for me. It's easy to read without being too fluffy, it has just the right combination of adventure, romance and strife, a relatable cast of wonderful characters and a great ending. A perfect debut from an exciting new author who I'll be following for sure.
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