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Love in English

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  592 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Ana has just moved to New Jersey from Argentina for her Junior year of high school. She’s a poet and a lover of language—except that now, she can barely understand what’s going on around her, let alone find the words to express how she feels in the language she’s expected to speak.

All Ana wants to do is go home—until she meets Harrison, the very cute, very
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Balzer + Bray
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Lia Carstairs
Huh. I never thought English could be so complicated in the eyes of others.

Maybe I shouldn't make fun of my mom for her English😂 who am i kidding? it's hilarious

This book really did a good job in showing how much people struggle moving to a new country and being forced to learn a new language in order to try blending in.

Ana is a 16 year old high schooler whose just moved from Argentina to New Jersey, U.S. which is the result of her father who she hasn't seen in 3 years. Considering she's been s
Claude's Bookzone
3.5 Stars

Well that was some lovely writing!

I loved Ana's journey and thought she was a relatable character. In my opinion, the author did a very good job of portraying the experience of being in a country where the language predominantly spoken around you, is not your own.

I lived in Japan for a year and it really is like you are moving in a 'bubble of silence'. My husband won't be impressed I am going to write this, but all these years later it still amuses me, so sorry mate, I'm telling it. Be
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
When a book opens with a giant disclaimer as this does, one has to wonder if there’s been some sort of controversy in the lead up to its publication. I requested an ARC of this book based on the blurb alone; in fact I’d never heard of the author nor the book until I read the Harper360 YA newsletter that gets sent out to bloggers. And I loved the blurb so made my request...

But before I discuss the book let’s get to that big old disclaimer.

In it the author discusses how the main character of Love
Jun 23, 2020 marked it as not-touching-with-a-ten-foot-pole
To claim to be Argentinian-American when your bio actually says "She was born in Spain, lived in Argentina for two years, and crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. at the age of eight", you gotta have a lot of nerve.

This book is not ownvoices, but if you want to support one, you can add Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira to your list.

Susan's Reviews
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love in English is about the words we use and misuse - understand and misunderstand; and the words we use to shield ourselves from the truth.

When Ana's father won the immigration lottery and they moved to New Jersey, Ana had to leave her old way of life and all of her friends and extended family behind. In Argentina, she was a model student and had a full and happy life. Ana had watched American movies in Argentina, but the reality of America left her bewildered, lonely and homesick.

Ana is a po
Rayne ♥ [ IG: havenofink ]
I can really relate to the topic at hand so I can't wait for this one!

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Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-and-13
This was wonderful! Love In English follows Ana after moving to the US and realizing that her English classes back home really didn't prepare her for a world where everyone else speaks it natively. I loved the way language was used in storytelling and really loved watching the way Ana's understanding growing overtime was physically portrayed in the book. I speak about the same amount of Spanish as Ana probably spoke English at the beginning of this so I also really liked how Andreu uses a fully ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm very excited for this! A book that lets immigrant kids fall in love the way that other character gets to feels like what I have always wanted for myself and to read to my children. My bilingual brain ADORES that there will be excerpts in Spanish. I feel like this book mirrrors so much about the author's life that i'll get to know a sliver of her life with every chapter. Cannot wait. ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm trying to read more stories about language and belonging, those are near and dear to me! Very excited for the book, I'll be back after the release. ...more
Christi Flaker
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
16 year old Ana just immigrated to New Jersey from Argentina. She has been studying English back home to prepare for the move, but is feeling overwhelmed and underprepared for being fully immersed in the language and new surroundings.

We are taken through her days at home and at school as she adjusts to her new home and a new language. In addition she must also re-adjust to living with her father who has been in the US for a few years, leaving her life as a girl and re-entering as she becomes a
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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4.5 Stars

Love in English by Maria E. Andreu is a book all about finding your voice when you might not have the words to express yourself. This is such a touching story, tinged with humour, and the main character is easy to connect with. The style of the book, allowing the reader to share Ana’s confusion, is also one of its strengths. Those looking for a sweet and thought-provoking contemporary will love this one.

This book follows Ana, a girl who has just moved to t
Nicole Welsh
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I rarely write a review, but this was JUST SO CUTE. Any of my students on here — you’ll love this one! Can’t wait to talk about this with you! ❤️❤️
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: This is my sister's book, so I'm biased, but being biased doesn't make me wrong. "Love in English" is an inspiring story. There are so many immigrant stories rife with tragedy and heartache. While those stories are true and necessary, it's also important to tell the immigrant stories full of joy and hope. That's what "Love in English" does.

"Love in English" is a love story, a love letter to the English language, and a story about fitting in. It explores the quirks of the English lan
Paige (pagebypaigebooks)
*Thank you to HCC Frenzy for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!*

Before reading this book I had never read from the perspective of someone who was learning a new language in another country. We get to watch Ana as she learns English and the struggles she faces at school while she is learning. One thing that was very interesting was that whenever a person spoke a word Ana didn't know, it was replaced with '#####'. This really sent home the feeling of being confused and not underst
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was lovely. 10/10 recommend listening to the audiobook.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars.

The Pros:
I like how we can see which words she knew in English and which words she didnt.
The ESL class.
The teacher of ESL way of teaching.
Her family dynamic.
Showing the realistic of been white Latino/Hispanic vs tan or dark Latino/Hispanic.

The Cons.
The Netflix mentions.
The love triangle.
Her friendship with Gracie.

It was a nice story but it could have been better.
Yce Paulino
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book enters to my list of favorite reads of the year. I loved the characters and the story line. I could see myself ion Ana’s position because Im a Spanish speaker and i lived the same situations as her, with almost no understanding to understand English.
The way the book is written is really smooth and you don’t want to easily to read. I felt the same frustration as Ana when people were speaking to her, you need to speak Spanish to understand this book, but if you speak more than one langua
Aug 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-interested
It's so unfair that a white spaniard gets a gigantic deal to write about latinx characters but actual latinx authors get shafted. will the spanish ever stop colonizing us ...more
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
How do you Google translate love?

Love in English is the heartwarming story of Ana, a 16-year-old girl who moves to the United States from Argentina. Ana is shy and overwhelmed at first, but she begins to make friends and her English improves. She has a crush on a cute guy from her math class, the charismatic and popular guitar player Harrison. But Ana’s friend from ESL, Neo (who is a Greek Cypriot), secretly has a crush on her as well. Ana must choose between the two boys, both of whom truly car
Esta Montano
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love In English is the story of Ana, a high school student who has just arrived to NJ from Argentina, where she and her mother join her father after not having seen him for 4 years. The novel features Ana's difficulties in navigating a US school, and more than anything else, her journey to learn English.
As a former ESL teacher, I found Ana's experiences to be authentic, which not only include the many examples provided as to the idiosyncrasies of English, but the disorientation felt by so many y
Emily Hirst
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This book is loosely based on the authors experiences of moving to an English speaking country. Anas journey show many struggles and it is clear to see how many people struggle when moving countries. I loved how the author blocked out some of the sentences because Ana doesn't know or understand the words. It made me feel like I was living this journey with Ana. This makes like difficult for someone line Ana, because it leaves them guessing w
Jennifer MacMullin
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC

Love in English follows Ana, a 16 year old girl who has just moved from Argentina to New Jersey. This is a story about learning a new language, immigration, love, and friendship. As Ana navigates the waters of high school, friendship, and love in a different country, she really struggles to find the words to express herself in English.

Then she meets a cute American boy named Harrison in her math class, and discovers the universal language of racing he
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
After being separated from her father for several years, Ana returns to the United States. Faced with a new home, a new school, and new friendships, Ana must navigate it all, while sometimes not being able to find the words to express herself. But, will she have to give up pieces of herself in order to fit into this new life?

This book was so flipping sweet! I swear, this was me at the end of it:

Though her worries were similar to those of many teens - grades, parents, crushes, Ana also had a lang
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Full disclosure - I read this adorable book in one day. Maria E. Andreu does a wonderful job of capturing the feeling of "otherness" felt by new immigrants and the immense barrier language creates. Our sweet main character Ana exhibits immeasurable courage and perseverance as she struggles to acclimatize to a foreign country all while only understanding about 50% of what is said to her.  With the help of her ESL teacher, some good friends and the beautiful poetry she writes, she soon finds her w ...more
Karlie Schaefer
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"I love these unexpected gifts, these moments you just can't plan for, a shiny penny in your path."

Love In English is a story about learning a new language and learning to fit into a new place. Author Maria E. Andreu bases a lot of the story on her own life, moving from Argentina to the United States when she was still a child. The main character, Ana, struggles to understand the culture and what everyone is saying, and through omission, the reader also experiences a bit of the confusion Ana is
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I appreciated that there was so much Spanish in this book that made it feel more authentic. I listened to it via an Educator ALC through which was good since I don't speak Spanish. For me, having a narrator use correct pronunciations and accents made the story more realistic.

I also really appreciated the ESL focus of the story. When Anna couldn't understand what someone was saying to her, the text read wah wah wah, sounding similar to the adults in Charlie Brown. As an educator, this r
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audio
Everyone has been telling sixteen-year old Ana how lucky she is that she gets to move from Argentina to the United States, but picking up everything and relocating to a new country is a lot harder than it looks-- especially if you aren't fluent in the most common language of your new home. Thankfully, she quickly finds herself among friends, and in between two love interests-- Harrison, the adorable and captivating boy in math class that looks like a Netflix movie star, and Neo, a sweet and kind ...more
Beth Wang
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Astute, clever & tender description of the common, yet harrowing, experience of moving to a new culture surrounded in a new language. Ana has moved to the US from Argentina and the story unfolds as she navigates high school, ESL class, family changes, friendship all while uncovering the nuances of English, and discovering the power of language itself. Ana is a poet and the the writing is infused with a beautiful lyricism, at times giving space directly for Ana’s poems. I’ve lived overseas, exper ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heart-warming romance that effectively immerses the reader in the world of an ESL teen. Review will be published in an upcoming SLC
Storm Remmenga
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Did nothing new or remarkable. Cute little story.
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Maria E. Andreu is a writer and author of the forthcoming LOVE IN ENGLISH (Balzer + Bray, 2021) and an untitled book (B+B, 2022). Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post,, and the Newark Star Ledger. Her debut young adult novel, The Secret Side of Empty is a Junior Library Guild Selection, a National Indie Excellence Book Award winner, and has been called “captivating” by Sch ...more

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