Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Lovestruck in London

Lovestruck in London
By:  Rachel Schurig

Rating: 5 Cogs


Lizzie Medina went to London to reinvent herself. Tired of being the quiet baby sister, and in no hurry to settle into a boring existence in surburbia, she escapes from home at the first opportunity. When she settles in London for a year of post-graduate studies, Lizzie is sure she’ll be able to start a whole new life. Immerse herself in the books she loves. Explore a new country. Work on her dream of writing a novel. She might even be able to find a little bit of excitement for once.

But falling unexpectedly in love with up-and-coming actor Thomas Harper causes Lizzie to re-think… everything. Just as she’s convinced herself this small-town girl from the Midwest can handle this great adventure, Thomas’s career suddenly explodes to superstar levels, and Lizzie finds herself forced to navigate the fame game of red carpets, catty co-stars, gossip magazines, and paparazzi. When she wished for a new life, she had no idea it would be anything like this!

Lizzie must now determine if her love—and her confidence—are strong enough to get her through the complications of dating a movie star. Even if she and Thomas are able to pull through before she has to leave London, how will she deal with the inevitability of returning to a life at home that no longer feels like her own? Will she follow her family’s wishes or follow her heart? Will the Lizzie she discovered in London be strong enough to help her pursue her dreams?


I absolutely loved the story captured here! Lizzie and Thomas are adorable characters that are easy to root for, even in the mess of all of Thomas' hype as a movie star. The characters are very well developed and well rounded. Their friends were fabulous, and so down to earth even with the crazy amount of fame going on in the story.

The love is sweet and even though it grew very quickly between the two leads, it was still believable. I feel that one of my favourite aspects of the book is that it really caters to it's American readers, even though it obviously takes place out of the country. It clearly explains all the differences in language, such as the truck of a car being a boot. Often when I'm reading books that take place in different countries, I get a tad confused with common words with different meanings, and I love the fact that the author squashed these differences with a simple explanation in this book.

This book had a great moral! Be yourself even if it's not what is expected from you. I love how this was added into the book, and how Lizzie's family reacted to the news that she was not going to follow in her sister's footsteps to become a teacher, even after receiving all the necessary education.

Overall, this is an extremely cute book that I wasn't able to put down. I definitely recommend this to contemporary readers. 

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