Summary: Right after graduating college, Alex Sinclair trades sunny Florida for life in London, the home of Alex’s favorite plays, TV shows, and fangirl heroes. Staying with her best friend Harry, Alex is set to work on her dream of writing for the theatre. But when a rival threatens her chances of becoming a playwright and a newfound romance, Alex is left to question if London is where she truly belongs.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
London Belongs to Me came to my attention last year on Booktube, and the book sounded right up my alley. A fangirl moving to London? Sign me up (except for living in the Harry Potter sized bedroom/closet in my friend’s apartment)! London Belongs to Me is light and heart-warming new-adult read, following Alex’s adjustment to living in London, from dealing with her best friend’s stuck-up girlfriend, Olivia, to attending comic conventions with her friends, Lucy and Freddie. I really enjoyed the books for its London setting—Primark, H & M, and Topshop??? — and fandom aspects. Alex is a major Doctor Who and Sherlock fan, so I highly recommend the book to those who share a love for the same fandoms.
Alex can relate to a lot of readers with her love for fandom and writing, and she could also relate to people in the sense that she has panic or anxiety attacks in overwhelming situations. It was really sweet to see Lucy, Freddie, and Mark help her overcome her anxiety. I loved that Alex was also out of college, and it was really cool to see her in this transition stage from being a college student/ young adult to adulting. I also enjoyed seeing Alex’s family, with Joan being mine and Freddie’s favorite.
My only problem with London Belongs to Me was that it was often predictable when it came to the Olivia vs. Alex plot line. Obviously, Alex wasn’t going to have the easiest time adjusting to London life, but Olivia quickly became her only roadblock, trying to ruin Alex’s chances of making a life for herself in the theatre world.
Overall, London Belongs to Me is the perfect read for those wanting a book with a new-adult aged protagonist, fandom aspects, or of course, London as the main setting. I look forward to reading its sequel, London, Can You Wait?, very soon!
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