London Belongs to Us
by Sarra Manning
Paperback edition, 264 pages
Published June 2nd 2016, by Hot Key Books
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 via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was craving something light after reading lots of fantasy, so I decided to read this one. I wasn’t expecting much, other than sight seeing around London, but this book is so much more than that!
The characters are amazing. I love seeing Sunny’s growth throughout the story, realizing how everyone walks over her all the time to stand up for herself all the time! I also love knowing all the side characters, but I wish they’re more explored. I love the Godards, how they argue all the time and Jean Luc (maybe) pretending to not speaking English, but Vic is being a jerk near the end, and the romance at the end of the book really threw me off, because I can’t see the sign and chemistry at all. I was like, “since when??”
I love how funny this book is. There are a lot of moments that I just laugh out loud, even though it’s in the middle of the night. Sunny is such a funny narrator. I love the charts that is provided within the book, it’s just added more fun and unique-ness to the book! Sunny is also a proud Londoners, and we could see how she love London from the ways she looks at things and defend it when the Godards insulted it.
And finally, I love how it gives brief and really fun to read history about places she visit during her trip. It’s described in such a funny and interesting way, I wish for more places to go! But I do feel like the story drag a bit near the end. Or is it only my impatience and lack of sleep self?? Anyway I just want them to stop running around and get on with Mark! The whole story sets in a night, but it feels like a week. The misadventures, traveling from east to west to east London again.. reading them makes me really tired.
Overall, I really loved it! It’s such a fun and light read that would take you on a trip around London, and make you share some Londoners pride that Sunny has.