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Falling in Love with English Boys

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,112 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Catherine Vernon has been stranded in London for the summer-no friends, no ex-boyfriend Adam the Scum (good riddance!), and absolutely nothing to do but blog about her misery to her friends back home. Desperate for something-anything-to do in London while her (s)mother's off researching boring historical things, Cat starts reading the 1815 diary of Katheri ...more
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Published December 23rd 2010 by Speak (first published October 28th 2010)
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Jenn Estepp
If "Anna and the French Kiss" and "Revolution" got together and had a rather dim English baby that embarrassed you in public places by trying way too hard to be cool, it just might be this book. It's not like I was expecting profundity; I mean, it's called "Falling in Love with English Boys" and I got it because of the review on ForeverYA. But I expected smart and funny and charming and win. I didn't find it.

For the most part, I hated the main characters. Selfish, whiny, dumb, spoiled, clueless
Oct 28, 2012 SunriseDemon rated it it was amazing
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Angel Charms
Jul 16, 2011 Angel Charms rated it did not like it
I usually finish reading a book in 2 - 3 days. But this one took like a week. I couldn't not finish because I always finish books...but this one tempted me a lot.
Things I did to avoid continuing with the book:
- Water the plants.
- Laundry (got loads done)
- Finish one of my oldest projects
- Ironed clothes
- Cook something...anything whenever I got chance.
- Count stars (nah..jk)

Well you get the idea. I read somewhere that this book was similar to Anna and the French Kiss...well it was a bit like
Bethany Larson
Mar 23, 2011 Bethany Larson rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, london
When I picked this book up, I figured it'd be a mindless, formulaic, chick-lit read. You know, one where girl goes somewhere new, girl meets charming boy, charming boy likes her, they have some sort of fight, and then at the end things are hunky-dory by some bit of fateful magic that doesn't really exist. In some ways, that's what Falling in Love with English Boys is. But I don't want to trivialize it, because it's better than that.

What saves this book from being just another teen chick-lit is
Jan 20, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Charming story, if very derivative of Austen and her ilk. Suffered most from having both stories be so similar (as well as predictable). Like many of the less superior fictional romances, there were was much Sturm und Drang that could have been solved very simply by honest communication. Essentially, the contemporary modern romance felt a bit situationally forced. One particular scene in Hyde Park was an example of ridiculous plot tampering.

Also, one of my pet peeves is when authors completely
Jan 26, 2011 Vi rated it liked it
Shelves: girls, romance, historical
Cat is not excited about leaving her friends behind and going to live in London for a few months with her mother. Her mother has already resolutely decided that Cat cannot live with either her grandmother--she's too caffeinated or her father--he's too self-absorbed with his fiance and impending wedding. Her (s)mother, as Cat affectionately calls her over-protective mother, is doing researching at the British Museum about Mary Percival, a Victorian era woman author. Her mother, on a lark, decides ...more
✌ Kaye ♡
Catherine's Story: 1.5 Star
Most of it was pretty boring. Though I did adore her English friends. The glimpse we get of them anyway.

Katherine's Story: 4 Star
Rather entertaing and interesting. Would've been a better stand alone but with more. It'd be too short as is with it "entwined" as it is in the story.

I averaged it all to a 3. Katherine impressed me to aim toward the higher end.
My Summary: Cat's mom is an expert on all things old and antique, and when she gets called to London to work at the British Museum for a few weeks, she decides to take Cat with her - something Cat is definitely not looking forward to. Why? Because while her mother is busy working, Cat will have nothing to do but sit around in their rented apartment and watch cricket games... or so she thinks. Because Cat's mom has a surprise for her: she's arranged for Will - a gorgeous descendant of the girl wh ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Brandi rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Cat is going on what some might consider the trip of a lifetime. Cat and her (s)mother are going to spend 10 weeks over the summer in England! Many would ask why this is a bad thing, well here are the reasons; she is 16 and old enough to stay on her own, her mom won’t let her stay with her grandma, her soon to be stepmonster needs her dad’s guest bedroom for wedding plans, she has no friends in England, they have weird TV shows, different magazines, and different chocolate. It’s not like she an ...more
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
I want to stick my head out the window and, at the top of my lungs, demand of all of London: I feel like Cinderella; so where the hell is my prince?


Cat Vernon is stuck in London for the Summer. Not alone, but with her mother who is doing a research about a woman who lived from the early 19th century and has been dead for almost 200 years. Her mother may research all she wants but Cat would rather write on her blog for her friends back home about her observations in London and Rants about bor
Melanie Goodman
Cat is forced to go to London for the summer when her mother decides to go on a research trip. Despite her angst-ridden protests, she can’t get out of the trip. Once she gets there, her mother often leaves her behind, and she spends a good deal of her time moaning and groaning until she befriends the daughter of a local shopkeeper and Will, a hot male descendant of the woman her mother is researching. Cat starts touring London with her new found friends, discovering that its past and its present ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Mar 22, 2011 Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Mundie Moms by Sophie-

ou know that an Anglophile like me couldn't walk by a book with this cover without, at least, picking it up. I mean, I love chick-lit, Cadbury chocolate and hey, who doesn't love a tall, good looking British boy? But what I love most is a well-written story about a girl who finds herself in a different place and while getting her bearings, she still manages to stay true to herself. Falling In Love with English Boys is just such a story.

Melissa Jensen presents a
Patricia O'Sullivan
Jan 21, 2012 Patricia O'Sullivan rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Cat Vernon is stuck in London all summer with her mother who is doing research on an obscure writer from the early nineteenth century. Her mother wants her to read the diary of Katherine Percival, daughter of the obscure writer from the early nineteenth century, but Cat would rather blog to her friends back home in the States with her observations of London and her lamentations of boredom. But then Cat meets Will Percival, descendent of the obscure writer from the nineteenth c ...more
Jan 03, 2011 tarawrawr rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I was really excited for Falling in Love with English Boys prior to its release, but was a little wary because I’d heard mixed things. I’ve heard it had mature content, was a little boring, etc. And after reading it? I’m so glad I didn’t let those reviews stop me.

The modern-day protagonist, Cat, is awesome. She’s sassy and witty and I always get annoyed when I read about teen girls complaining about spending their summer in Europe, but it was totally different with Cat. She had actual reasons an
Amy Watt
Feb 17, 2012 Amy Watt rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
I didn't really know what to make of this. The relationships between the heroines and their heroes was...odd. I don't know how to explain that, exactly, but it was odd.
I have a list of things, though, that REALLY annoyed me about this book.
One: Catherine (the modern one) insisted on using 'sez' instead of 'says'. You've no idea how frustrating that gets when reading conversation.
Two: For some reason, the author seems to think that British people pronounce their 'r's' as 'd's'. As in 'veddy' inst
Apr 30, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
Recommended to Julie by: Author is Penn faculty
I picked this up because I read a feature article about Melissa Jensen, who teaches creative writing at Penn. I have to say I hated the first section that introduced Cat, a spoiled Philadelphia teenager who is forced to spend the summer in London while her mother does research at the British Museum. Her story is told as a blog for her friends back at home, and her disdain for her mother, her distant soon-to-be-remarried father, and all things British are off-putting and clearly setting up a trit ...more
Willow L
Apr 15, 2015 Willow L rated it liked it
Maybe more of a 2.75 or 2.5...This book was addicting to read, but kind of terrible at the same time. I had no idea that Americans don't have cadbury or areo bars, which means that they are seriously missing out. I loved all of the Doctor Who references though..
May 12, 2012 Rosy rated it did not like it
Shelves: travel, young-adult

I actually enjoyed The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, so I thought I'd check out Melissa Jensen's first book, Falling in Love with English Boys.

I didn't have very high hopes from the very first page, when the main character, Cat, starts COMPLAINING because she gets to stay in LONDON for a WHOLE SUMMER. When I read on and the book managed to effectively utilize three of my YA pet peeves,

1. faux historical diaries, unrealistic to the point of inaccurate
2. horrible fake text speak-- at one point
Lindsey Riley
Apr 16, 2014 Lindsey Riley rated it liked it
This book follows Catherine "Cat" Vernon as she schleps off to England for the summer. While her mother spends her days at the museum researching a long-dead, un-famous author, Cat whiles away her hours poring over British gossip magazines and eating chocolate… That is until the descendant of her mother's research topic happens along and interrupts her lackluster London existence.

The story jumped back and forth between Cat's present day life, and the diary of the daughter of her mother's resear
Aug 26, 2011 Lisa rated it did not like it
Shelves: y-a, disappointing
This book was so awful and forgettable that I forgot to even add it to goodreads until now. There was just nothing in it I liked. I thought I'd like it because of the English setting and thought it might be a cute, funny romance.

No. Just no. I was wrong. To anyone thinking of reading this, you should read "Anna and the french kiss" by Stephanie Perkins or "Nobody's Girl" by Sarra Manning instead.

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Jan 31, 2011 Kaitlynne rated it really liked it
Well, first off, I have to say that I fell in love with the title. Falling In Love With English Boys is definitely an attention grabbing name. For me at least. It kind of reminded me of Angus, Thongs, And Full Frontal Snogging, but I really like those books, so that's a good thing. Definitely hilarious. And I absolutely love Will he's so sweet, and he bought Catherine a satellite! ;)
Nov 10, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
My experience with this book started out terribly. Both girls were obnoxious and shallow, Cat used the word 'thang' repeatedly and Katherine seemed naive to the point of just plain dumbness.

Toward the end it became something much different. The emotion Cat felt for Katherine as her father left her family and her brother went to Waterloo was genuinely moving, and the fleshing out of Katherine's mother as an inspiring and tragic figure instead of just another Regency mama was compelling.

Having r
This book is already dated and it was written only four years ago. I understand the popularity in making books like blogs a bit, but it's all been done, and Catherine isn't all that interesting of a character where I would want to read her blog and find out more about her. She was really boring and a bit superficial.

When it came to Katherine, I enjoyed her parts for the most part. I'm a sucker for historical fiction so it was nice to read her diary and see what's up.

The book was tedious to rea
Jan 11, 2011 Lora marked it as maybe
Shelves: g-ya-realistic
The title says it all as to way I wanna read this. (^_~)
Sep 23, 2010 Tom rated it did not like it
Shelves: c, fall-2010, js, ks
Lots of mature content.
May 04, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet novel about the lives of two teenaged girls, two hundred years apart, yet juxtaposed against each other. One girl is spending her first London Season trying to find the "right" man and writing about her exploits in her diary. The second is spending a summer in London, while her mother is researching girl #1's mother and setting up girl #2 with the great-great (appropriate number of greats) grandson of girl #1 - all the while blogging about her experience. Fun story -- nice a ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Lily rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Reseña publicada originalmente en El desván de los sueños

Por las reseñas que había leído en Goodreads creía que esta novela me iba a gustar más de lo que finalmente ha sido. En primer lugar, los libros de protagonistas que viajan a otros países siempre tienen un puntito especial por aquello de descubrir junto al personaje nuevos sitios e ir aprendiendo junto a ellos a estar fuera de su espacio habitual y a hacer del nuevo un lugar agradable. Por otro lado, algunas lectoras lo comparaban con Anna
Laura Bang
19th-century Katherine's story was okay, though nothing new (but I'm a sucker for Regency romances so it gets a pass). 21st-century Cat's story was much less interesting and it never really felt like the two stories intersected in a meaningful way. Like, sure Cat is reading Katherine's diary, but reluctantly and I didn't really get a sense of her growing to appreciate it. Katherine's diary is a decent approximation of Regency reads, but Cat's blog-format narrative is pretty awkward -- a lot of a ...more
May 16, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
When sixteen year old Catherine "Cat" Vernon's mother informs her that Cat will be packing up her bags and spending the summer in London, Cat isn't exactly happy. She knows what her (s)mother considers a good time: researching. Researching what? An unknown Regency-era author by the name of Mary Percival.

Away from her friends, Cats new life in London consists of daily trips to the corner store for her regular chocolate break and blogging about how miserable her life is right now.

Sensing her daugh
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