Monday, 19 September 2016

Quick Picks ~ London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

Get ready for the 12 hour adventure of a lifetime!

Every now and again you stumble across opportunities to read entertaining books that you'd never have noticed on your own. Whether it's because a good friend's given you a recommendation, you received it as a gift, or (like in my case!) you win yourself a copy...there's an air of adventure. You're taking a leap into unknown territory and hoping for the best, which is exhilarating and also slightly terrifying!

Thanks to Allen and Unwin Teen's Facebook competition (be sure to check out their page for book news, giveaways and more!) I was able to receive a copy of London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning.

London Belongs to Us was a quirky tale that entertained and connected with me through its action-packed plot and motley cast of characters. And not only was it enjoyable to read but it was easy to read and engage with, making it the perfect quick pick for any bookworm with a little time to spare and a craving for a good story.

Title: London Belongs to Us
Author: Sarra Manning

Price: $16.99 (AUD)
Genre(s): YA
Pub Date: August 2016
Format: Paperback
Age: 12 - 16

SynopsisOne girl, 2 boys and a whole lot of hipsters in one crazy 12 hour adventure through the streets of London. Twelve hours, two boys, one girl... and a whole lot of hairspray.

Seventeen-year-old Sunny's always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she's sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she's got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London - starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can't even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill... and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace.

Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she'd have anything in common with - least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French 'twins' (they're really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it's the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone - from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers - is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution.

A fast-paced, darkly funny love letter to London, boys with big hair and the joys of staying up all night.

Add to your Goodreads bookshelf today!


**NB: Although this book is contemporary YA, I found that there were some mature themes/language. My recommendation would be for ages 17+. However feel free to determine its suitability for yourself :)**

I love adorkable main protagonists.

Male, or female, it doesn't matter. If your book's main protagonist has a few quirks, blurts out the first thing that comes to mind, and has a unique way of viewing the world...odds are they're going to become my new best fictional friend!

And Sarra Manning's Sunny is the kind of girl you'd want as a real friend, let alone a fictional one. Vibrant and with a newfound taste for vengeance, Sunny takes London by storm as she sets about tracking down her idiot boyfriend more like ex boyfriend a.k.a the guy who will be very, very sorry he ever crossed her.

But...she is in London!

A city filled with life, new people, stunning sights, and rich culture. So it's not surprising that although Sunny starts off her vengeance hunt in somewhat low/wrathful spirits, things do start to look up for her *cough* Jean Luc *cough*.
But my fave part of this book were the extras.

The random lists, pie charts, and letters slipped in between the chapters add such life to the story. My fave has to be her To-Do List (pg. 222) - it's just so Sunny! I included a sneak peek into it in my 'fave quote' section below for you guys ;)

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging meets What a Girl Wants in a refreshing modern tale of daring, self-discovery, and good old-fashioned fun.


- Dump Mark

- Dump Mark in a devastating, understated way that he'll think about for at least five minutes every day for the rest of his life

Although I was provided with a review copy by the author and/or publisher, all opinions expressed in the this post are purely my own. To find out more, please visit my disclaimer page.

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