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I See London

(International School #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  793 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself li
ebook, 319 pages
Published February 3rd 2014 by HQN (first published December 20th 2013)
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Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it

Title: I See London
Series:I See London #1
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Release Date: February 3rd , 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger: Hard to say
HEA: (view spoiler)

I See London is one of those reads that are very hard to classify or grade, and especially write a review about. There were things I very much enjoyed, liked or was pleased with and few that made me bat shit crazy. I was jumping from ‘I liked it’ to ‘I’m not sure what to think’ to ‘I want to kill the main charac
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Fun, playful, growing-up, new-adult, sexy.


So sorry. I had to get that out of my system.

Book by book, my faith in New Adult is being restored. This is the second NA in a row which has impressed me and kept me reading. And..? No eye rolling.

This book did have me feeling a little rage-y at points, but it worked so so well by the end of the book. When you get to the bit when you think "Really, Maggie?" just keep reading on. Because it's
2.5 stars.
This was a bit reminiscent of Anna and the French Kiss (American girl goes to school in another country, her eyes are opened to new experiences, etc.), except not as fun and a tiny bit more NA (just a little though -- even though Maggie is in college, it still felt a little high-schooly.)

The writing was decent -- I think the only thing that ever turned me off about it (but also made me kind of laugh), was the excessive heat that flared everywhere. The heat flared in his eyes. It flare
Chanel Cleeton
Nov 11, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: new-adult

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This is not for me. The heroine was not likable. You may love it. Read sample, writing was choppy.
The heroine was obsessed with underwear.
Not worth $1.99. My opinion. Reading is subjective.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was such a cute and refreshing read ,about a girl named Maggie she is a small town country type of gal never had a boyfriend before not even a first kiss . Maggie s life is about to change though now that she got accepted to the famous international school in london. There she meets Samir a total hottie ,big brown eyes dark hair six feet something very yummy sexy half french ,half Lebanese boy from school . This is were the fun begins , so you definitely could tell from the moment you start ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
3 stars - More upper YA than NA but a good romance with some culture throw into the mix.

First Impressions...I read the summary for this book before I saw the cover and I was interested. The idea of going to school in London away from home and everything she knew captured my attention. Then that half French, half Lebanese guy sealed the deal.

The Story... Here I have mixed feelings. I really, really liked the fact that there was no insta-love going on. The characters were definitely given time to
Jess (the cozy reader)
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
Big thanks to Chanel and Jessica for an ARC copy for review.

Holy smokes, this book was very addicting. I loved everything about this book, from the beautiful cities of London, Paris and Italy that Maggie gets to see, to the swoon worthy guys that have captured her attention, jealousy, secrets, and of course the sizzling romantic chemistry. I found myself even thinking about the novel while I was work, wanting to sneak a few chapters in here and there.

The main character Maggie was very likable.
I was really hoping I'd like this more since I fell so in love with Next Year in Havana. But mostly I just found it a little vapid--totally get wanting to reinvent yourself in college, making bad relationship choices, etc, but the characters were all in real pain and the revelry seemed like it was about avoiding that more than actually enjoying it. I'd read the second one if I thought my library would get it, but I suspect the won't, so I will have to live with Maggie and Samir's relationship un ...more
Autumn Review
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, arc
3.5 stars
First impression:
I'm pretty obsessed with anything British, so I was on board for trying this one out.

The story:
In high school, Maggie was so focused on her studies that she didn't leave much room for a social life. Now, she has the chance of a lifetime. She's off to London for college and she wants to make the most of her time there. There are new friendships formed, reluctantly, and lots of boys to ogle. One particular boy, Samir, seems to constantly creep into her thoughts, but she
Feb 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
First of all let me state this:
I don't want to rate my books low. In fact I hate it. But being a member in this fine community has saved me from a lot of bad book choices so I hope to reciprocate.
I'm not a fan of Samir. And darn it all to hell, I wanted to. I mean come on, a hot, dark Lebanese rich boy? Samir though was indifferent, obnoxious and sometimes downright hateful. His actions were impulsive at best or sneaky at worst (and who likes a sneaky hero?). Does he like Maggie? Who the hell k
Fatma A.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: naaaaaah
Okay I'm disappointed *sigh*
One star to the writing style and the other one is for the events and the European places/countries.
The romance is horrible, I didn't get the main character actions in one chapter she's innocent and she doesn't know any single thing and in the second chapter she want to be free and to date Samir oh no wait she want to date Hugh, like get a life please you aren't a baby to act like that!!
Minus the romance and the love triangle thing it's going to be an okay book!
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
No setting here. It could be Rio or Bora Bora...the author did not depicted the city properly. The love triangle is - one word - pathetic. The Main character is an airhead with no true motivation for her actions in the plot. This book was NO for me.
“It doesn’t matter. You could be in a car accident and then what? Would you want people to see you in those?” (Cotton, black, perfect for fat days.) I wasn’t sure if the underwear rule applied to plane crashes. But if it did? I was about to die in the world’s ugliest pair of black cotton underwear.”

Usually my star ratings can never really convey the right feelings because I'm really selfish at giving them out. Unless I give a one-star rating, it just simply means I dislike it. But two stars
Anita (Anitareads)
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> I See London by Chanel Cleeton

You guys! This book was so gooooood!! I was completely hooked from the start!

I See London takes us on a wild ride through London’s night clubs, holidays across Europe, and Samir. Oh, Samir. And yes, it even gives us a look at what it’s like to attend university in London. Man, how I wish I’d gone to university in London. It sounds awesome! I loved the diversity of the characters. You have all kinds of nationalities and it all just wo
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
So this is definitely one of those instances where you should not judge a book by it's cover. I hate this cover but I absolutely adore what's between the pages. I See London is a fabulous new adult novel that exceeded all my expectations.

To be honest, I didn't really have many expectations when I started I See London. I was just looking for a quick, fun read and I thought this one might be good. It was. I'm quickly becoming a fan of the new adult genre and it's all because of books like I See Lo
Kayla Michelle
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for an honest review.

First I would like to say that one aspect I really enjoyed about this book, is that Chanel included people from different races, cultures and backgrounds. I have not read many books that are very diverse like I See London is.

Maggie Carpenter moves to London to attend the International School, all the way from South Carolina. Maggie has always been a good girl, following the rules, and always spending her high school friday nights at home studying inste
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Urgh I am so torn with this book; one the one hand it's a compelling story while on the other hand it was slow to unfold.

Maggie's life plan has been thrown off course when she doesn't get into Harvard, taking drastic measures she gets a scholarship to a prestigious international school in London. You would expect her to become the poor scholarship student among the privileged yet Chanel Cleeton manages to steer clear of the stereotype. The world building she does is exquisite and realistic, avoi
Kathy (My Nook Books and More)
I know you should not judge a book by its cover, but for some odd reason I thought I might not like I See London. The couple’s pose on the cover looked awkward but the synopsis did catch my attention. And I am so glad I took a chance on this book – I really liked this!

Maggie is a young American that decides to attend the International University in London. Right away this brought back my memories of my trip to London when I was 14-years-old. It was my first time outside of the US and being alone
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've recently read "I See London" by Chanel Cleeton and I must say-I am eager to read her next book!!!! These are the main characters: Maggie ("heroine") and Samir and Hugh ("heroes"). One thing I absolutely loved about this book was character development-especially for Maggie. As readers, we see her through it all-her ups and her downs (sorry to be cliche. :)) There were many times in this book where I screamed to the heavens "WHYYYY???" and other times where I applauded Maggie/"understood" her ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I See London by Chanel Cleeton is a fun read about a young woman named Maggie that moves from the United States to London for College at the International School of London. She is young, naive and at times unsure of herself. Especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Upon arrival she has a run in with a fellow student Samir. He is nothing like the boys back home. Samir is a rich, sexy half Lebanese, half French playboy. These two have an instant chemistry that burns from the pages. However it ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Sorry but this was crap!

The story was incredibly flat and the characters lacked any depth. (e.g. So Fleur is a bitchy Ice Queen in the beginning? Well if she is it wasn't shown.) The character's background stories were dropped left and right. everyone coming from some kind of messed up home - but it wasn't really explored in depth. So the story and the characters all felt really superficial. It could have been a good story, really. The basic plot wasn't bad but it just turned out really flat. T

Snooooooooooze. I didn't give a flying shit about any of these characters.

I think I was supposed to appreciate the fact that this book has characters from every country ever. Palestinians and Israelis and Nigerian and what have you. It was so incredibly gratuitous. Hugh was boring, Samir was a jackass that somehow managed to successfully fry Maggie's brain cell and solidify the air between them when he looks at her.


Burn, book. Burn.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC for an honest review...

What can I say? I was hooked from the first chapter! In fact, I read this book within a few days! I LOVE the tension between the main characters, and of course her struggle between 2 men. Samir is waaaay hot! Not my typical attraction but the way this writer describes his strengths, his sex appeal, his passion.... U can't help but fall for this bad boy!! And Hugh... Well he's every ladies dream come true! A hot British man?!? Come on!!! Soooo glad I w
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I think I was hoping for this book to be like Anna and the French Kiss (which I enjoyed - only I didn't love it like most of the world). However, this came nowhere close. For me, the writing was sub-par and the characters were shallow and unlikeable. (To be honest, I skimmed much of the last half of this book. If it had been a print book rather than an ebook, I would've just flipped to the last few pages, something I haven't done since I was in middle school.) Take this with a grain of salt -- I ...more
Johanna Sawyer
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary romances
Recommended to Johanna by: Netgalley
Thanks netgalley for a free read in exchange for a review.
This book has the biggest man whore of the year....this book was just the right amount of incredible. Will definitely read book two! Well written and interesting. I devoured it and loved it. Overall entertainment is four stars. Lovely cover and title but the synopsis won me over. This is my first read by this author and a very cute romance.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book so much, love the idea of an international school, of people from different backgrounds reunited in a place that's familiar to everyone.
I really enjoyed how much Maggie grew through the story, every character was unique with a strong personality of its own.
Can't wait to read the next one!
Kayla Thomas
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You would never know this was Chanel Cleeton's debut novel. She created dynamic characters and a steamy plot that kept me guessing. I am so glad there is a sequel. I'm not ready to leave Samir, Maggie, Fleur, Michael, George, and Mya behind. ...more
Natalie Williamson
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sawoooooon all over the place with this one. *fans self* Also, I love Fleur. She is the best.

Excuse me while I go buy book two immediately.
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Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana, When We Left Cuba, The Last Train to Key West, and The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba.

Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her y

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