Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Falling in Love with English Boys-Melissa Jensen

Falling in Love with English Boys
Melissa Jensen
Speak (Penguin), Dec 23 2010, $8.99
ISBN: 9780142418512

They are the same age and gender with similar problems though they live two centuries apart. Each struggles with fathers who do not exist except in name only as they are very busy and moms with no understanding of their teen desires.

Though there are differences, the similarities between them continue when both are in London as stated in “Cat’s Cat-astrophic Cat-aclysmic Cat-atonic blog. Cat and Katherine soon find love. Cat relishes the chocolate and the dudes with charming accents, but especially Will who she thinks is Mister Right but acts like Prince Wrong; while Katherine falls in love with Baker though she thinks a lot more of Everard.

Targeting middle school children, Falling in Love with English Boys is clever fascinating tale that enables readers to compare lifestyles of a modern era female teen with a Regency era teen through Cat’s observations based on Katherine’s dairy. Both lead females are fully developed characters while the males in their lives are less rounded as their mission is to enhance reader understanding of the two felines. Fans will enjoy Melissa Jensen entertaining tale of two girls who prove London Swings now and then.

Harriet Klausner

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