Warner Romance / Time Warner
Date: August 1, 2004
it at Amazon
Lynda E. Lukow
Notes: sex, some profanity; mentions Thanksgiving
and Christmas, inferred
English as a Second Language
By Megan Crane
fast-paced fun! Grab a pint, get comfortable, and prepare yourself
for the time of your life!
friends and decent parents are nice, but they're hardly fulfilling.
When Alexandra Brennan realizes she spends most of her waking hours
slaving at a dead end job and yammering about an ex boyfriend, she
knows it's time to make a change.
what a change she makes!
accepts the ex-boyfriend's challenge to apply to an English graduate
school. During her trans-Atlantic flight, she decides to reinvent
herself as "Happy Graduate School Me", but she soon finds
her real education takes place outside the classroom. She makes
new friends, suffers a schoolgirl crush, and enjoys a bevy of blokes
and beer. Along her search for adulthood, Alex discovers goals may
give her direction, but the journey makes life an adventure.
the plot and subplots are fantastic, the cast of characters is magnificent.
Ms. Crane has put great effort into giving each character a unique
personality and agenda. Alex's misadventures, including her reconnaissance
missions and run-ins with British culture, are sure to spark gales
of laughter. Her profound moments invite empathy without detracting
from the overall humor. Dialogues are fast and furious, but readers
are never left guessing who's saying what. "English as a Second
Language" is a tough act to follow, and I hope Ms. Crane is
up to the challenge. She's definitely an author to keep an eye on!