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What Scotland Taught Me

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Fresh out of high school, Eva Sonneborn is headed to Scotland with her best friends: scholarly, sarcastic Laurence; gorgeous, ghost-seeing Amber; and responsible, sweet Shannon. They plan to spend the next six months in Edinburgh, enjoying an adventure-filled work-abroad journey before parting ways for college.

But when Eva meets Gil, a local bartender, she figures a little
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Published October 1st 2010 by ireadiwrite Publishing (first published September 30th 2010)
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Nov 10, 2012 Autumn Review rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. I mean, I did accept it for review, but I really got into the story. I don't think I put it down once I started. It had a great flow and the characters, while sometimes frustrating, were likable.

What an experience to have. I would have loved to have gone away to explore a foreign country with a group of friends. I loved that they all wrote down goals/expectations for their time in Scotland. That's totally something I would have done at th
Cyndi Tefft
Since I happen to be a Scot freak, dipping into this book was like walking through Edinburgh again. I was instantly back in Scotland, surrounded by the castle, the tourist shops on High Street, the retail of Princes Street, all of it. I loved how the author brought those memories to life in me.

Strangely enough, I was getting homesick for America by the end of the book, just like the main character. I didn't anticipate that happening, but it did. I went through the emotional rollercoaster along w
Oct 03, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Fred
What Scotland Taught Me was a fast and fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed the imagery of Scotlland and Ringle brought life to their trip. Between the pubs, the hostel and the church scenes I felt like I was there walking the streets with them. She's a very talented writer and I loved her writing style. The quick chapters leading to the next scene helped keep a quick pace and the story never lagged.

WSTM had a few life lessons snuck in but they never took away from the fun of it. I thought it was an
Darlene Foster
Jun 05, 2011 Darlene Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. I love how the author included the location as an important part of the story. Now I want to go to Edinburgh. The characters are depicted as very real North American teenagers. The story has everything; humour, travel, history, romance, friendship, family relations, scenery and even ghosts. It is written in an easy to read, carefree style that depicts the emotions, feelings and confusion of most modern day youth. This will make a great gift for the teenagers on your list. Yo ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Alix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun frolick that was especially enjoyable as a recent tourist in Edinburgh. Four recent high school graduates embark on a six month adventure in Edinburgh, encountering twists in their friendships, romantic intrigue, and a few lessons learned the hard way. A good escape on a rainy day.
Carolyn Haley
Apr 02, 2011 Carolyn Haley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My "Dark Divas Review" of this title:

Although aimed at teens, this coming-of-age story resonated with this reader who’s old enough to have teenage children. In fact, it brought me back to the same age, when I was fluttering and flailing to find my wings after launching from the familial nest. At the same time, it gave me insight in what it’s like to be young today -- something I’m lacking, as I don’t have children.

Eva’s voice, expressed in first-person, is engaging from the first paragraph -- b
Apr 14, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that I looked forward to reading at the end of each day. I found myself reading "just a little longer" past my bedtime, as the story was engaging and fun. The teenage drama is realistic, and the key characters are vividly drawn. I wished for a little more imagery of Scotland, but that's my own bias toward travel! The twists and turns of the tale intrigued, and the thoughts on cheating and relationships gave me something to chew on. Is history destined to repeat itself, or is ther ...more
This was a really powerful story. It really had me thinking about the lines of loyalty and trust within a group of friends. Laurence, Amber, and Shannon really had me interested from the beginning. As I read about their backstories I immediately connected with them because they were all looking for something different through their journey in the U.K.

Even though I adored this story, I have to give this book 4 stars because of Eva. I really enjoyed reading about her adventures and blunders (boy,
Sep 30, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Romance lovers
Four friends head to Edinburgh for a "gap" year after graduating high school. When the familiar is left behind, do you find out who you really are? Or does the new setting and the freedom of an unfamiliar territory lead you to impulsive behavior that leaves you wondering all the more? And can old relationships stand the push and pull of new feelings, new experiences and maybe most of all, new friends?

I really enjoyed this warm and deeply immersive story from start to finish (oops, sorry didn't
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 5/29/11:

This book has consumed my every waking moment all weekend long. I could not manage to get these characters and their stories out of my mind. As a result, I spent every moment of free time curled up somewhere with my Kindle voraciously reading. What Scotland Taught Me is a coming of age tale in which Eva must learn who she is and how to manage her heart. In spite of Eva's flaws, I still find her to be an incredibly lov
Mar 06, 2011 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: tbb-review
This is the kind of book I would to read again and again without ever getting bored. It is truly a fun read with a dollop of subtle romance, yet without being too cheesy and eye-rolling. I laughed every now and then at the humors, still I found myself sniffling with tears especially when I got to the sensitive part. The story is themed with issues every young adult like me has to deal with - work, school, personal relationship, family and friends.

Eva, the main character, is probably the kind of
Jul 15, 2011 Olivia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, ya-lit
So. I just finished this book. I wish I could say that I loved it, that it is one of the best books that I read this year... but it wasn't.

I love Ringle's writing style, she comes up with some of the funniest lines. But there was something distinctly missing in "What Scotland Taught Me". I never felt that immediately connection with any of the characters, though Shannon was my favorite... but she was minor. I honestly disliked Eva from the beginning until the end. She seemed so selfish and well
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Graded By: Alix
Cover Story: Lonely Planet
BFF Charm: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour
Swoonworthy Scale: 9
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factors: Scotland, Ghosts, Gap Year
Relationship Status: On Again, Off Again Romance

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Alix West
It's not that the book was bad, it's just that I hate the main character. Read my full review at Forever Young Adult.
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Molly Ringle has been writing fiction for over twenty years. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Seattle with her husband and children. Her studies include a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a master of arts in linguistics. She also loves folklore and mythology, and recently wrote a trilogy of novels about the Greek myths. 'Persephone's Orchard' is the first in the series. When ...more
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