Friday, June 3, 2011

Girl Pick: Things I Know About Love

Things I Know About Love
by Kate Le Vann
Egmont
2011
153 pages

Sweet, simple, poignant, and evocative of Love Story and The Notebook, Things I Know About Love will delight girl romance readers.

Seventeen year old Livie Stowe is writing a blog about all the things she knows about love--she doesn't know much since most of her teen-age years have been spent in hospital rooms. Livie was diagnosed with leukemia, but after a bone marrow transplant she's doing fine. She convinces her "Mum" to let her travel to Princeton to visit her older brother Jeff who attends uni (university) there.

That's when she meets Adam again--one of Jeff's mates (friends). After seeing Livie, Adam writes short entries from his point of view. Both take a "fancy" to each other and soon they are dating and traveling to New York City to sightsee. It's refreshing to see both the boy and girl telling his/her side of falling in love. Spoiler alert: this is a major weeper. Bring tissues.

Readers will love the English (British) colloquialisms: uni, Mum, telly, fancy, flat (apartment), holiday (vacation), and snogging (kissing). Livie has great fun with American-isms and says of a day-old doughnut--it was, "full fat, full-sugar American delicious."

Simply a "fab" read. Highly, highly recommended for grades 9 and up. Mature grade 8 is also probably okay. Mentions sex, being afraid to have sex, virginity. No language. No sex.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

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