Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Year in Europe

Warning: Recently received sizable order of Simon Pulse books to appease the throngs of girls who want to read pink books. At great personal cost, I am reading my way through. There were also a lot of horror books, for which I don't care. I'll alternate.

Rachel Hawthorne's A Year in Europe, which is a compilation of three separate novels, was a great read for a snowy winter night. Three friends from Texas head off for a year abroad, one each to London, Paris and Rome. They each experience another culture, personal growth, and, of course, romance. The romance's all have a slight twist to them, and all the books were fun. A little light on specific cultural and location details at times, but engaging. Great literature? No. But this will keep the girls reading, and since each story is told from the point of view of both the girl and the boy involved, could conceivably be pitched to boys who enjoyed Flavor of the Week or 24 Girls in 7 Days. Maybe.

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