Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents...sounds ideal -- but Shane's made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance...what's that? Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time's a ticking, and she needs a change -- there's nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She's going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination, one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic - the possibilities are endless.
"In 2011, Shane Primaveri's college life has been dismal. To reset her introverted life, she signs up for a semester in London and an internship with a magazine and lies to her parents, who believe she's pursuing her premed studies, not creative writing. Her life becomes wonderfully filled with taking weekend trips with her friends, updating her travel blog, writing for her classes, and embracing her internship. However, when Shane learns her crush has a girlfriend and her parents show up unannounced, her new life plummets into a death spiral. Jump ahead to 2017: Shane, making the rounds of medical-residency interviews, happens to be near her former crush's workplace. She drags him out for coffee, and through a twist of fate, they find themselves back in 2011 London for a do-over. This funny, poignant debut by a popular BookTuber is full of life and honest reflection, and it's packed with adventures that will charm readers, whether they've traveled abroad or not. Give this to anyone who enjoys tales of self-discovery and first love.--Jeanne Fredriksen Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Tired of being a friendless, never-been-kissed parent-pleaser, Shane, a premed student, is ready for a change. After telling her parents that she's headed to a premed course, she instead attends a writing program in London. There, she finds the new start and adventures she'd hoped for: she bonds with her roommates; hangs out with Pilot, a cute boy who seems to return her affection; excels in her creative writing class; and finds a more suitable niche for herself as an intern with a travel magazine. Everything comes crashing down, though, when she discovers that Pilot has a girlfriend, and her parents figure out that she's been lying to them. Unable to stand up for herself, she returns home defeated, but six years later, she's given a magical opportunity to redo the past. A slushy mixture of romance and contemporary fantasy, this first novel by a popular booktuber personality succeeds in conveying how an older, wiser Shane is able to make better decisions. Unfortunately, the clichéd plot and underdeveloped characters lessen the book's impact. Shane seems younger than her years, and her undying affection for her verbally abusive father strikes an odd note. What rings truest here is the awe she feels when exploring new territory and falling in love for the first time. Ages 12-up. Agent: JL Stermer, New Leaf Literary. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."