Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?
Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!
Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.
Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.
When I began this book, I wasn’t sure on what to expect. I have been a fan of Christine’s videos for a little while now and I wanted to support her on her journey of being an author. I am also a fan of contemporary stories so I hoped I would enjoy this book. Overall, I give it a 3.5/5 stars mostly due to the way Shane was portrayed.
When the book begins, Shane is shy, clumsy, smart and the complete opposite of a troublemaker. She had never been in a relationship prior to her London trip, hoping this would be a good restart for herself and an opportunity to shine on her own and to have epic adventures.
I don’t want to spoil the major twists in the book however during her adult life, Shane becomes more confident and outspoken. Just when her life is about to change, she visits Pilot at his workplace which brings a huge change into their lives. They have a second chance to make changes to their, fix all their wrongs and explore a fresh, new opportunities.
I really enjoyed the overall theme of the book of second chances especially when it involves fixing the wrong things in their lives. However, as a reader, I felt it was unncessary at times to portray the character doing the same thing or having the same thing happen to so often. For example, Shane is portrayed as being clumsy. Throughout the book, they are several scenes of her falling or she setting the chair she’s seating in only to fall. I understand wanting your readers to know/get to know the character and those scenes/part could have been left out. I also thought that for a college student, Shane seems childish at times especially during the second part of the book when she’s older. I could not connect to her in that part of her personality which at times made me question her age.
Overall, I did enjoy her friendship/relationship with Pilot even though I was bothered at first that she wanted to pursue someone in a relationship. I did enjoy how they both had a second opportunity to speak up when they didn’t and change those moments to make them worthwhile. They have an opportunity to change their bad decisions and awkward situations they experienced a few years ago and enjoy their college life all over again. I recommend this book if you’re a fan of contemporary stories and friendships as well.