The youtuber Abigailscupoftea recommended this book in one of her videos and I really loved the sound of it. Most books are based in High school and there aren’t many college related stories out there, so I was super hyped for this one because I am a student at a University and was able to really relate to this book.
What this book is about:
Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents… sounds ideal – but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance… what’s that? Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change – there’s nothing like moving to another country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.
Without going in too much detail this really is a book for every college student and also people who are going to graduate high school, people who finished college and just everyone who feels a bit stuck in their life.
I would really recommend this book to you and give it solid 4 out of 5 stars. If you want to hear more about it keep on reading, but there are going to be some big spoilers!
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Things I loved about this book:
– The Harry Potter references
I am a big Harry Potter fan so I loved the little references in the book. Shane has several “horcrux-notebooks” which she fills with all of her thoughts and really personal things. Personally I don’t have notebooks like this but you really get to understand how much they mean to her especially when Amy reads one of them. This does inspire me to keep some of my thoughts written down on paper too, as I think it is a great way to remember them later in time, but obviously really keep the notebooks to yourself.
– Reading about them visiting all these great cities
Who wouldn’t love to explore all these amazing cities on their weekend like they do. I’ve been to Rome before so I loved reading about them exploring the city for the first time and me reliving that experience through them. I think it shows how much you can gain from travelling.
– Shane’s second Go at her internship
I’ve felt very sad when Shane gave up on her internship and went to become a doctor. I felt like Packaged was such a cool magazine I would really love to work at. I also loved how she got the second chance in the second change. We probably won’t get in an elevator and travel back in time so I loved reading about getting a second chance just by creating it for yourself. And also that it is never too late to take, you just have to want and grab it.
– Shane’s realisation of the problem of her cousin
We can really be stuck in our heads and see the world only filled with our problems so I loved that Shane realised that she isn’t the only one with problems. She gave her cousin the help and understanding he needed and helped him get a better future just by listening to his problem and making him feel better. She didn’t do this only to her cousin, she listened more to what Babe is struggling with and really got to know the people better than ever.
Things I didn’t love so much:
– The elevator time machine
Okay this was just a bit weird. I mean of course she had to find a way to travel back into time but at first I just was not liking it at all. I was a bit confused what this book turned into but now after finishing it I do think it is okay, the chapters about it were so hard to read though.
– Her relationship with Pilot
I mean at first it sounded like the Cinderella-fairytale, going through struggles and at the middle of Part 2 it was a bit much and annoying. I really liked that she focused more on Shane‘s second go at her internship after a bit because the relationship was a bit much at some parts.
– Shane going to Pilot after not seeing him for six years
I mean, really? That was a bit hm to me. I liked that she went back to the apartment to say what she really feels but that was at the end of their study abroad time. It felt a bit weird that she had to see him after six years of not speaking to him. I think it would have been different if they would ran into each other and then head to grab a coffee but the whole I need to tell him now that I love him although he is still with his girlfriend Amy seemed a bit unfair.
– Finding the mysterious button and the red-haired woman
Okay the woman got a bit annoying. Shane constantly freaking out loud whenever she saw her was a bit embarrassing. I mean I get it but just explain why you are freaking out to your friends. The way she found the button was just hard to take. I could feel the pain in my teeth, couldn’t she just find it on the street or something like that?
As you can see the love and not so much things are 4 by 4. That’s because I did enjoy this book a lot. There were chapters which I didn’t love so much, but all in all this was a great read and I really would recommend it to you.
Have you read this book before? What are your thoughts about it? Tell me one thing you loved about the book and one thing you didn’t like so much about it in the comments below.