London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn MiddletonLondon Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

London Belongs to Me

byJacquelyn Middleton

Paperback | October 14, 2016

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A New City. A New Start. Same Old Demons.

Alex Sinclair couldn’t jump on a plane fast enough. Broken from an unexpected betrayal, she flees sunny Florida for the Britannia cool of London—home of her favourite TV shows, plays, and fangirl heroes. Alex believes London is where she belongs, where she’ll heal old wounds, and chase her dream of writing for the theatre. Staying with her British friend Harry with barely a year’s rent money in her pocket, the clock is ticking.  

But when a wealthy rival fueled by ambition and jealousy threatens her career and a fledgling romance, Alex once again questions her self-worth—and is left wondering if London is where she truly belongs.

Jacquelyn Middleton is an award-winning freelance writer with articles published by several of the most popular magazines, newspapers, and websites in North America including Canadian Living, Best Health, National Geographic Travel, the Toronto Star, Reader's Digest, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and Flare. She previously worked in telev...
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Title:London Belongs to MeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:October 14, 2016Publisher:Kirkwall BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:099521171X

ISBN - 13:9780995211711

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Middleton’s debut novel was, for me, a meeting between Anna and the French Kiss and Fangirl. So a win-win situation. This book tells Alex Sinclair’s story, a young American woman who just moved to England in the hope of becoming a successful playwright. She’s meeting over there a friend she met in America, Harry who also acts as her host. While Alex discovers London and Manchester, we get to know better her small group of friends and the different worlds they all evolve in: Lucy, Freddie, Mark and Harry. What I liked most about the book was how the main plot was really about the main character’s goal of becoming a successful writer. The romance, while very cute, is not the center of the story. Alex’s struggles with writing, dealing with adversary and finding herself a place in this new world she just got in is what this book is mostly about. The characters are also quite delightful. Alex, for starters. I have rarely related to a main character that much. Assumed fangirl, Alex also suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. Middleton’s description of it made me recognize myself in Alex, a lot. One of my favorite things about this book is also the second characters. Even though they’re not in the main spot, Middleton made sure that each of them had a background and a story that totally explains who they are and why they are where they are. Freddie’s sass, Lucy’s energy and Mark’s kindness were all refreshing and welcomed in this story. The only thing I thought was missing, on the characters side, is some depth in Olivia’s character, Alex’s nemesis. I would have like more background to explain her actions. The writing style was easy to read, but can be overwhelming at some times because of all the descriptions the author writes of places, objects, people, etc. This can also be a good thing because it can really bring into the character’s world, though. Overall, I really liked that book and wouldn’t mind recommend it to anyone who likes cute romances, strong friendships and strong female characters.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pleasant Read with Relatable Characters Alex just graduated college and moves from Florida to London to chase her dream of becoming a playwright. She's a twenty something trying to find her place in the world. This story has likeable characters, an obvious 'mean girl,' and the London setting is what sucked me in. I liked that the story was focused on Alex pursuing her passion and her relationship with her friends and family. The romance was there and it was adorable but it wasn't the main point of the story. It's refreshing to read a story that's showcasing a girl reaching her dreams without depending on her love interest. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for nerdy Anglophiles like me As an Anglophile, I was curious about London Belongs to Me from the moment I heard about it. Throw in the beautiful cover, and I didn’t even need to read the synopsis to know I needed this book. When a few friends read it and said it would be something I’d love, especially because of the nerdy fangirl references, I knew this book was written for people like me, and I was right. London Belongs to Me made my London-loving fangirl heart so happy. I loved Alex and connected with her easily. Besides a mutual love of London, we’re both fangirls and writers. I’ve never had panic attacks *knocks on wood* but I do have anxiety, and I admired Alex’s strength and bravery taking off to London on her own to pursue her dreams. I appreciated that things weren’t all sunshine and roses for Alex. She had a lot of struggles, both internal and external, and faced plenty of obstacles on her journey. I was outraged on her behalf at some of the things she went through, and I rooted for her so hard, wanting to see her happy and successful. Middleton did a great job of drawing me in and making me care. I felt like Alex was a real person - like she could be a close friend, or even be me. Besides Alex, London Belongs to Me was full of a wonderfully fleshed-out cast of characters. I adored Alex’s friends Lucy and Freddie and thought they added so much to the story. The three of them together were hilarious, and I liked that their interactions ranged from funny to touching and everything in between. They had disagreements and misunderstandings like normal friends, but they loved each other unconditionally and were always willing to work through any issues they had. I also loved that they were just as nerdy as Alex; all the Doctor Who and Sherlock references made me squee like the fangirl I am. I loved that Alex and Lucy met online and formed a really strong bond; this was just one of the many things I connected to since some of my closest friends are people I’ve met online. I also loved Mark, the hot Irish love interest (seriously, I feel like Ms Middleton peered inside my head and took everything I love and tied it all together in a book). I wish we’d seen more of him, and of him and Alex together, yet I understand why we didn’t. London Belongs to Me isn’t a Romance - it’s a coming-of-age story about self-discovery, and Alex needed to do a lot of things on her own to find her way and figure out her place in the world. Fun, funny, and engaging, with fantastic characters, a great setting, and an interesting plot, London Belongs to Me sucked me in from beginning to end. This sparkling debut has me impressed with Middleton’s skill as a writer and as a storyteller, and I can’t wait to read more from her.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it!! Middleton’s debut novel was, for me, a meeting between Anna and the French Kiss and Fangirl. So a win-win situation. This book tells Alex Sinclair’s story, a young American woman who just moved to England in the hope of becoming a successful playwright. She’s meeting over there a friend she met in America, Harry who also acts as her host. While Alex discovers London and Manchester, we get to know better her small group of friends and the different worlds they all evolve in: Lucy, Freddie, Mark and Harry. What I liked most about the book was how the main plot was really about the main character’s goal of becoming a successful writer. The romance, while very cute, is not the center of the story. Alex’s struggles with writing, dealing with adversary and finding herself a place in this new world she just got in is what this book is mostly about. The characters are also quite delightful. Alex, for starters. I have rarely related to a main character that much. Assumed fangirl, Alex also suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. Middleton’s description of it made me recognize myself in Alex, a lot. One of my favorite things about this book is also the second characters. Even though they’re not in the main spot, Middleton made sure that each of them had a background and a story that totally explains who they are and why they are where they are. Freddie’s sass, Lucy’s energy and Mark’s kindness were all refreshing and welcomed in this story. The only thing I thought was missing, on the characters side, is some depth in Olivia’s character, Alex’s nemesis. I would have like more background to explain her actions. The writing style was easy to read, but can be overwhelming at some times because of all the descriptions the author writes of places, objects, people, etc. This can also be a good thing because it can really bring into the character’s world, though. Overall, I really liked that book and wouldn’t mind recommend it to anyone who likes cute romances, strong friendships and strong female characters.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thoroughly enjoyed this book I`m not usually a fan of novels, but when I read that this author loves London as much as I do, I decided it was worth a try. No disappointment here - I found it hard to put down. If Jacquelyn decides to write a sequel, I`ll be buying !
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous read about friendship and finding yourself It's been a long time since I had a book hangover, but London Belongs to Me has left me wanting to crawl into its pages and live there! I've been craving a fun coming of age story that leaves me with a smile on my face, and this book delivers. The 20-something main character, Alex Sinclair, isn't some half-baked, silly character. She's real. She makes mistakes. She's selfish. She has panic attacks (as someone who has fought anxiety issues, I can say they are written realistically and with compassion). Alex leaves Florida, and a troubled life to pursue her dream of writing for the theatre in London, England. And boy did this book make me feel like I was walking in her Converse Chucks. The writing is vivid, so vivid that you can taste, smell, and see London in all its glory. As someone who has visited the city three times, it's evident that Middleton knows the city well. The research and descriptions are rich and detailed, and gives this story depth, heart and an almost cinematic feel. At times I felt like I was watching a film. Alex and her friends (Lucy, Freddy, Mark, Harry et al) are fully fleshed out; there isn't a filmsy character in the bunch, and I loved all the pop culture shenanigans and references—Sherlock, Dr Who, Downton Abbey, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch—Alex and her friends love geeky things and comic cons. There are also some wonderful family scenes with Alex's dad and motorbike-riding gran in Manchester. If you're looking for a fun, page-turning read about finding your place in the world, chasing your dreams, and great friendships, London Belongs to Me is IT. According to the notes in the novel, London Belongs to Me is Jacquelyn Middleton's first novel. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. One to watch.
Date published: 2016-11-29

Editorial Reviews

"London Belongs to Me is a delight. A sweet, nostalgic debut that will transport readers to those first heady days of being on one's own in the great wide world." (Andrea Dunlop, author of ‘Losing the Light’) "...even the most skeptical or cynical readers will surrender to the many delights of this compelling narrative. Prepare to be seduced by engaging characters, irresistible in their own quirky way, and transported by keen descriptions of the sights, sounds, and tastes of London. (Kirkus Reviews)"The trustworthy lovers of Bridget [Jones's] single girl, younger days in London are going to adore London Belongs to Me, the story of a girl (who could be Bridget's younger American cousin!) coming to London to find love and adventure." (Redbook Magazine)"… Wow, folks. This new London-based novel will send your heart swooning … A stunning portrait of modern life with unputdownable prose, London Belongs to Me belongs on every Anglophile's bookshelf." (PopSugar)"Pack your bags and wave hello to the Queen with this page-turning journey taking you across the pond" (BuzzFeed)"A cozy read to curl up with on the sofa during a chilly fall day." (Brit + Co.)