London Belongs To Us by Sara Manning

Posted March 14, 2017 by Ely in Reviews / 1 Comment

London Belongs to Us Book Cover London Belongs to Us
Sara Manning
YA Contemporary
Hot Key Books Australia
June 2nd 2016
Sent by Publisher

Seventeen-year-old Sunny's always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she's sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she's got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London - starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can't even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill . . . and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace.

Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she'd have anything in common with - least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French 'twins' (they're really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it's the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone - from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers - is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’m a huge fan of Sarra Manning’s Adorakble, in fact I’d consider it to be in my top 10 favourite contemporaries. So when I heard that she was bringing out a new book about London, I was absurdly excited. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it nearly as much as I expected to.

I didn’t feel any connection to Sunny, or any of the other characters. I don’t know what it was, but I just really struggled to connect to them. It might have had something to do with the writing—I’ve just come off the back of some stunning books, and I think this just paled in comparison. I think if I’d read it at a different time that I might have enjoyed it more, but it just stood no chance next to Radio Silence and Frankie for me.

I liked the parts that explored London. I think it’s a beautiful city and there’s so much to write about, so I enjoyed the parts Sara Manning picked. The scenes really show how much she knows London, but it’s still possible for people who’ve never been there to understand and picture the places Sunny goes.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the rest of the story. A lot of it felt quite young to me. I’ve spoken about this before, but I think there’s a definite gap in YA. Some books come off as being ‘young’ YA to me, and others feel more adult. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m personally more of a fan of the more mature YA.

I can understand how people really like this book, but personally, it just wasn’t for me. I still very highly recommend Adorkable to everyone out there.

Thank you to Hot Key Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book.

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One response to “London Belongs To Us by Sara Manning

  1. Oh I am so sorry this did not live up to your expectations, I feel like there can be a big gap in some of the YA books too its either too mature or too young.