After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.
When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.
But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.
I picked this book up because I love a good, cheesy romance novel that I can fly right the way through and this book is exactly that. If you like me, have read a lot of romance novels, especially young adult romance novels, you will be able to see where this book is going from miles away. But, that is okay if that is what you are looking for as it is comforting and predictable with no nasty surprises.
Ellie loves the UK so when the opportunity arrises for her to take a trip to the UK, she jumps on the idea. Ellie’s personality is very much like that of other typical YA characters. Her priorities are her social status and getting a boyfriend as oppose to making real friendships and doing well in school. I did not mind Ellie all that much as a character but she will not be one I remember in years to come. At times she is very selfish and takes her friends for granted. This can be frustrating to read about and I wanted to sit her down and tell her how good her friends were to her a lot throughout the book. Ellie is a lot like many of us were at her age though and I’m sure that a lot of young adults will be able to relate to her.
Whilst in England, Ellie meets Will and a fling between them quickly starts. I did not particularly warm to Will. He is your typical ‘British’ teenage boy who all the girls have a crush on. I had my doubts about him from the first time we meet him which is why I think I never fell for the romance between him and Ellie. I hate the idea of a girl changing their personality to suit what a boy wants and Ellie does this for Will. Will is very much only interested in his own life and takes all the privileges that he has for granted. There was a storyline with Will about his father that I would loved to be delved into a little bit more but it was really discussed in more detail.
Dev is my favourite character in this book for sure. He is kind, caring and is just a sweet character all round. I would loved to have learnt more about him and have him star in the book a lot more. I wish we had got a little bit more of an in-depth look at his backstory, I just wanted to know more about him.
Yes, this book is predictable but it was still a fun read. I enjoyed watching the story progress, seeing friendships develop and romances bloom. I am looking forward to seeing what Kristy Boyce writes in the futures and I will definitely be giving them a read.
If you are looking for a YA romance with no nasty surprises, interesting characters and an easy-to-read storyline, then this is for you. It is fun, sweet and a lovely little read!