Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Keywords: travel, photography, love triangles, Europe
Format Read: ARC via NetGalley (Thank you!)
Summary: For Andrea Lieberman, life began at 26. Growing up with parents so protective they made a convent seem like a Sandals resort, she developed a catalog of phobias so large, even going into a church seemed like risky business. Finally, Andrea had had enough; she wanted to live rather than fear dying. Without hesitation, she accepts a photography assignment for a magazine traveling through England and packs up her camera, her pepper spray, and every insecurity she accumulated since birth. Excited but petrified to reveal the news to her boyfriend, he intercepts with news of his own — a marriage proposal, leaving the lingering question of their impending nuptials as she travels abroad.
Upon touching down in England, Andrea flops around like a fish out of water. The magazine's staff — the idiot, the slut, and the mute — offer little comfort outside of a pint of beer until she's assigned two blokes as travel companions — a tight-arsed copywriter and a drop-dead gorgeous art director with movie star charm. These two men help Andrea push herself beyond her comfort zone while testing the limits of her fortitude and her relationship with her boyfriend. The photographic journey becomes a comedy of errors thanks to unforeseen obstacles at every turn. As Andrea struggles to complete the assignment, she discovers the most revealing picture she develops will be of herself.
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In the beginning, Andrea is such a despicable character. In fact, I'm not sure how anyone could have been dating her in the first place. She's the epitome of bad American tourist. Seriously bad. And English people are overwhelmingly kind, even to annoying lost Americans in their country. But Andrea was so far beyond bad, it was ridiculous. But, of course she does the right thing and declines to accept the proposal and hops on the plane (still wondering how she was allowed to do so) and begins to grow throughout the course of the book (THANK GOODNESS).
And don't get me wrong, Andrea wasn't the kind of bad character that made me want to hurl the book across the room. She was the one that was fun to laugh at and desperately hope she changed. This was such a light-hearted and fun summer read, all I wanted to do was shake her awake so she would stop being so ridiculous and see what was happening right in front of her!
I also loved the pacing of the book itself. The dialogue was fresh and witty, keeping a quick feel to the story, and the interactions and events that took place did the same thing. They kept it moving without feeling like I was flying at warp speed through it. I also enjoyed all the scenery bits since I studied in England for half a year. So I felt like I bonded with Andrea because of that as well (though I don't think ANYONE could be as touristy as she was). She was a connectable character, and it was hard to not fall right into this book and laugh right alongside all the English people laughing.