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My Oxford Year

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  27,386 ratings  ·  3,495 reviews
Set amidst the breathtaking beauty of Oxford, this sparkling debut novel tells the unforgettable story about a determined young woman eager to make her mark in the world and the handsome man who introduces her to an incredible love that will irrevocably alter her future—perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks.

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her li
ebook, ePub, 352 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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G.G. Not really. There are some allusions to a sexual relationship, but nothing explicit.

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Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars!!!

“The hardest thing is love, with no expiration date, no qualifiers, no safety net. Love that demands acceptance of all things I cannot change. Love that doesn't follow a plan.”

My Oxford Year by Julie Whelan is a real gem of a book! It took me by surprise in the best way! I’ve listened to many audio books narrated by Ms. Whelan (she is an amazing narrator) and I’m happy to report that her writing is amazing as well. I listened to this in audio, it was narrated by her of c
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have never been able to write the following statement in a review before ... “This was an unputdownable listen !”

Having going in blind, of course, I had no idea what to expect, but I can tell you I would have never guessed what unfolded before me. The storyline is not just about the romance. There is real substance, real meat on the bones, which I crave. To say this was captivating is an understatement.

I completely fell in love with the charming, disarming, Brit named Jamie. He hooked me
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

You know how our expectations are sometimes too high? Or, you expect something completely different and get something else and it's even better than what you were anticipating? It's the best feeling when a book does that. My Oxford Year surprised me, it totally blindsided me. Although I read the blurb it kind of slipped that it was compared to JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks. Anyway, let me tell you about this sparkling little gem that is My Oxford Year.

When Ella arrives in Oxford, jetlagged and,
May 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

I had really high hopes for "My Oxford Year," but upon finishing it, I really can't bear to give it more than a single star. Where do I even begin?

So much of this story is unbelievable, and not in a good way. I wasn't convinced that the main character was (A) a Rhodes scholar, (B) 24-going-on-25 years old, and (C) being recruited by an American presidential candidate's team based on a single article she wrote for The Atlantic. So much of her back
Caro (Bookaria)
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fiction, romance
An unexpected enjoyable story, heartbreaking at moments but also heartwarming. I went into this book completely blind and it ended up being something I did not imagine.

Ella has temporarily moved to England to attend Oxford, as soon as she completes her studies she plans to go back to the States to fulfill a promising career. However, her plans are trumped when she meets the intriguing Jamie Davenport. What follows is a story of love, pain, and new beginnings.

I enjoyed the setting and learned a b
Elyse  Walters
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Audiobook...read by author
Julia Whelan
Julia is terrific with a slight detached sound to her voice. Other times she has a kick-ass attitude which comes across in her sounds...
always changing her voice range & emotional manifestation to fit the prose she wrote. She does this well.
The book has some intellectual academic charm...
with love in the Oxford air.


3.5. I enjoyed it...not Earth Shaking — but enjoyable!!!!

Worth the attention in my opinion. A frenemy-turn-lovers story written underneath Whelan's love note to Oxford. So glad I finally decided to read it!

...and I heard this was becoming a movie!

My favorite quote:
“Losing someone is hard enough. But death without the process of dying is an abomination. It takes nine months to create life; it feels unnatural, a sin against nature, that the reverse shouldn’t also have its time. Time to let go of the known as we take hold of the unknown.”
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Oxford Year is a first person narrative of Ella from Ohio, a Rhodes Scholar, spending her allotted time at Oxford. Already at age 24, she has an impressive resume in the political sphere, yet chooses to study literature during her time in England.

Ella is immediately swept up in the rich, historic tradition of Oxford. One of her classes is taught by a young, handsome Englishman, Jamie Davenport. She tries to balance classes with a pending job back in the U.S. for an upcoming presidential camp
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

This is a book that’s been getting a lot of great buzz, a lot of my book friends really loved it and I’ve been hearing good things all around. I was a fan of Julia on the show Once and Again and I had the pleasure of meeting Julia at another author event for a book she narrated and she’s absolutely lovely. All those things combined, I was very eager to read this book and really wanted to love this book and I had high hopes. And while I didn’t love it, I enjoyed it and I think this was a
Whitney Atkinson
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2021
loved the oxford setting of this and overall it was well-written and alright, but i went into this totally expecing lighthearted and it was anything but. i didn't deduct any stars for that, but i just thought i'd warn others lol. also there's no smut sooooo ...more
Melanie A.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I've just lived years of my life in those eyes.
Soooooo . . .

Unpopular opinion ahead. . .

Here's the premise:
"You're the hypercompetitive American, a Rhodes scholar no less, who sees Oxford as a series of hurdles to clear like levels in some video game, and I? I'm the hypocritical poetry scholar, espousing grand theories of love whilst shagging a different wench every night."
Sounds so good, right?

Unfortunately, despite being well-written, despite being polished
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Why did I choose this book to read- simple: location, location, location. I have been to Oxford a few times now and I love the city and all that it represents-higher learning and history. What I like best about this book was revisiting the streets and places that I knew and had been to.

The bad news- I really did not care for anything else in this book. The main character, Ella, totally annoyed me. She was just too immature for words, but supposedly she was advising the next presidential candidat
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

I went into this book completely blind. I didn’t even read the blurb. Someone on Facebook stated this novel was on sale for $1.99 so I brought it. Nothing more, nothing less.

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan had been sitting on my kindle for about 8 months or so before opened it up. I wish I would have read it sooner.

I’m going to keep this one pretty, pretty.

Click the link to read more here.

Remember to follow all things messy. . .

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♛ may
lol @ me for thinking this was a light, fluffy romcom and then staying up till 1am sobbing

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I was feeling really audiobook slump-y for the past bit (and that usually never happens. audiobooks are usually my way of unslumping myself)

and so I picked up this book in hopes of breaking that feeling (i chose this book specifically bc the narrator read Evvie Drake Starts Over and I LOVED her reading of it)

and honestly thanks past may for being a genius bc i literally couldn't stop listening to this boo
Robin Hill
There's a sentence in the blurb that's wholly responsible for landing this book on my Do Not Read list. I'm not going to divulge it—in case you're considering going in blind (which I recommend).

I took said sentence as a warning, and while I appreciated being "warned," I almost missed out on a fantastic book because of it. Sampling the audio is what changed my mind. It's stellar...and narrated by the author herself who was an actress and narrator long before she was a published writer.

Don't be l
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Can’t quite put my finger on what exactly about this didn’t work, but something about this just.. didn’t sit well with me???? Also, *cries in fade to black*

CW: fatphobia, food restriction, death of a loved one, terminal illness
Monica Kim: musings of monica
But the hardest thing is staying. The hardest thing is living with dying. Loving with dying. The hardest thing is love, with no expiration date, no qualifiers, no safety net. Love that demands acceptance of all things I cannot change. Love that doesn't follow a plan. — Julia Whelan, My Oxford Year
This is a command, add this to your tbr list ASAP!!! Please, please don’t let the year pass without reading this book, please! You’ll not regret it. I freaking love this novel so much. As soon as I fi

Title: My Oxford Year
Series: Standalone
Author: Julia Whelan
Release date: April 24, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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Sometimes you just get a gut feeling about a book, and that's what happened when I came across My Oxford Year. After seeing the adorable cover and reading the blurb, the entire package was calling to me and screaming READ ME in neon lights. I'm usually hesitant with new/unfamiliar authors, but I instictively took the leap of faith in this case, and it paid o
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was....ok. I think that’s the best way to describe it. There were parts that warmed my heart and parts that made me feel, but for the most part? Pretty mediocre. Which is pretty disappointing because this book seemingly ticked all my boxes. ESPECIALLY AN AMERICAN IN OXFORD.

I never felt attached to any of the characters, and I think this is in part because of the odd pacing of the book. Instead of us watching the two main characters fall in love, we are told that they start to in a weir
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

His voice is so melodious, so low and soothing, it should be accompanied by choral music.

Everyone else looks very British about it, like this is where fun comes to die.

“Given the lovely turn of your figure, it’s quite gratifying you’re not one of those dreadful American girls who subsist entirely on lawn clippings and glacier water,” Charlie says. My mouth is too full of scone to reply.

He has this ability to go still, as if he’s stopped breathing. Like a vampire. Which makes me
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I give my reasons below in the spoilers as to why this book made me angry (not the topic) and I by no means intend to invalidate anyone else’s experience reading this book, this is just my experience.

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Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a time for a book surprise. This is it.


I so wasn't prepared for this. And reading blurb I thought this was other kind of book. And boy was I wrong.......



This is so much more then just another collage coming of age book. Because I thought that it was exactly about that. Silly me.
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Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hulya by: Seda
Seda, my dear friend. Thank you so much for recommending this book to me... I'll never forget it. ❤❤❤

If you love someone, and are loved by someone, you might find forever after.
Whatever and wherever that is.

Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

Honestly, this was fantastic! I just really loved everything about this delightful story. I know Julia Whelan from her work as a narrator so I was really curious about this book as soon as I saw it. I decided to give it a try simply because of my curiosity and didn't really know much about the book beyond my guess that it would be about someone spending a year at Oxford (nothing gets past me). This book is really so much more than th
Ginger at GReadsBooks
With a strong opener, I was really into this novel. Then something happened & I’m left feeling a little “meh” about it all. I wish I could put my finger on it, but something overall just didn’t satisfy me the way I was hoping it to. This saddens me because I was really into it for the first half. Guess you can’t love everything you read!
Anja H.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

This has never been more true for me: Never judge a book by its cover.
Judging by the cover, I thought this was going to be your average cheesy contemporary romance. Now, having finished this with tears in my eyes, I realize I was wrong, so so wrong.

“But the hardest thing is staying. The hardest thing is living with dying. Loving with dying. The hardest thing is love, with no expiration date, no qualifiers, no safety net. Love that demands acceptance of all things
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: Welp. This is me, shooting myself in the foot! I found the gem with my Scribd app after seeing some GR friends raving reviews about the audiobook. I like audiobooks every once in a while, but I much prefer to read -- so when I found this ebook as part of my membership I jumped all over it! The author has won awards on her storytelling abilities in audiobook format, so I definitely think I needed to experience it as an audiobook. It fell flat for me as an ebook. I found t
Sep 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-lit
A formulaic romance that I'll soon forget. I'm giving it three stars because it kept me distracted from Hurricane Ida. ...more
4.5 stars rounded up. As Eleanor Durran (Ellie) lands at Heathrow, on her way to Oxford with a Rhodes scholarship, I am immediately drawn into her story. A tale for romantics and book nerds ( a club to which I heartily belong), a holiday in England begins swirling in my mind; I could see with my own eyes the Lake District where poets like Wordsworth and Coleridge drew inspiration, and Oxford, of course, site of many a fantastical yarn. Googling images of the Oxford colleges, I envisioned walking ...more
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Julia Whelan is a screenwriter, lifelong actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator of over 500 titles. Her performance of her own debut novel, the internationally bestselling My Oxford Year, garnered a Society of Voice Arts award. She is also a Grammy-nominated audiobook director, a former writing tutor, a half-decent amateur baker, and a certified tea sommelier.

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