Saturday, 4 June 2016

London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 272
Publisher; Hot Key Books 
Released: 2nd of June 2016 

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.

What I Have to Say 

I've loved Sarra Manning for quite a while, despite not having to get around to reading quite all of her books yet and I have to say, this book could only have been written by her. Who else could write about a young black girl travelling around various parts of London at all hours of the night, joined by, among other things, two french guys and a broom. 

There were motorbikes, rickshaws, stolon bikes and of course the good old tube involved in this mad dash as Sunny tried to track down her boyfriend so that she can dump him. It shows her journey from a quiet people-pleaser, to a badass bike thief and every stop along the way. 

I think you can tell why I love this books. It's an adventure from start to finish that you can get absorbed in, There's nothing really more to say, it's just an awesome wild romp set in London. 

And the broom is the best part. 

My thanks go to Netgalley and Hot Key Books for providing me with this copy for review. 

1 comment:

  1. ooh, this sounds really intriguing - will deff check this one out - thanks for sharing!