What Happens in London

What Happens in London

by Jen McConnel

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619637894
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Series: Adventures Abroad
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people's choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian,
and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

Follow Jen on Twitter @Jen_McConnel, and visit www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.

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What Happens in London 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
What Happens in London starts off a little like The Nanny Diaries before taking an unexpected turn. Sarah is in London working as a nanny for a sort-of-single mom of two. She bullies Sarah into working on her day off, only to fire her for teaching expletives to her daughter. Armed with a generous severance package and a ticket back to the States, Sarah decides to see a little of London before going home with her tail between her legs. She soon meets Carson, a charming bookstore clerk with a wicked accent and eyes for Sarah. Sarah was raised by an emotionally abusive father and a spineless mother, and her self esteem needs work, but Carson is just what the doctor ordered. Sarah's inability to believe anyone could be interested in her for herself makes it difficult for her to trust Carson. Plot For just the first book in a tetralogy, What Happens in London has a beginning, a middle, and an end, plus a character arc and a complete story arc. Author Jen McConnel has done what so few authors have, broken a story into smaller parts while still telling a complete story within a story. Characters The characters are limited. This is Sarah's story and she's well-developed. I have less of a sense of Carson, but so does Sarah, so that's not a problem. In fact, I believe it was deliberate on the part of the author. I love Sarah. She's hopeful, but jaded, adventurous, yet guarded. She's so conflicted about everything, including herself, and yet she's consistent in her seesawing inconsistencies. World Building I haven't been to London in a long time, but I loved seeing the city again through Sarah's eyes. I traveled for business, staying in an American hotel, being provided with a Radio Taxis London charge card, so it was a blast to see the other side of London, the one with youth hostels and the "tube". Writing The story is told in first person, drawing me into the story. The descriptive details, incorporating smells and sounds as well as sights, brought the scenes to life in very vivid fashion. Ending I liked the ending, but I can see where some people wouldn't. I felt like the author remained true to her character, and wrapped up Sarah's story in a completely believable way while leaving the door wide open for more. Top Five Things I enjoyed about What Happens in London: 1. Sarah's relationship with the kids she cares for. Even when they puke on her, she clearly loves them. 2. Carson. He's sweet, and I love that he can see the Sarah beyond her insecurities. 3. London. One of my favorite cities in the world is beautifully portrayed. 4. Hostels. I have to admit, the only hostel I've seen is one in Ocean Beach near where I used to live, but they sound like an awesome way to travel. 5. Amsterdam. Known best for it's red light district, I love that the story doesn't set foot there, and instead shows the rest of this amazing city. Bottom Line What Happens in London is a quick read that packs a lot of emotional power into its less than 100 pages. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I was very intrigued with the synopsis and the whole idea of the Adventures Abroad series, and the cover just completely pulled me in. In What Happen in London, we get to meet Sarah, who has been in London working as a nanny. Wanting to get away for a while, Sarah was able to get a job in London, yet she hasn't been able to see much of the city because she is constantly working and she is starting to get tired of her job. When her boss sees that she is not doing a good job, Sarah gets herself fired and with nothing to hold her back she decides to explore London before going back home. Through a series of circumstances, she meets Carson, a guy she meets at a bookstore and the one that is willing to give her a proper tour of his city. When things start to get heated between them, she starts to reveal things about her family and herself. But we don't really get a lot from Carson as he seems to be the one hiding something and that alone stopped me from connecting with the characters, although he does seem to care about her in a certain level that it felt a bit creepy. I was hoping to get more background information on both of the characters, yet everything in the story happens really fast that the ending just left me hanging. I would have loved to see more of their travels or see how they solve their problems etc. Unfortunately, I felt that we don't get a real conclusion and that made me skeptical to keep reading on to the series knowing that I wasn't going to read about Sarah and Carson until the very end. ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
I started this book off with a smile on my face knowing that the main character was going to be in London! It was so great right off the bat because of the setting and the fact that this book was a contemporary. Sarah moved to London to work as an au pair for a family, though she ends up getting fired pretty early on for accidentally swearing and then one of the little kids tells her mother about it. After getting fired, she ends up deciding that she doesn't know when she will ever be in England again, so she takes the opportunity to travel around a bit more only to run into a guy named Carson in a book shop. The two of them end up really liking each other and a sweet summer romance ensues, only for things to go a bit awry later on. This book left on such a cliffhanger and I was eagerly wondering what was going to happen!
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Set in London, it is a short story about a girl escaping from her past and finding new adventures abroad. It is novella so the abrupt ending was expected. Story is good and I also liked both main characters, Sarah and Carson. I can't wait to read rest of the books. :)
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Bloomsbury Spark in return for a fair and honest review. Sarah is working as an au pair in London when things don't quite go according to plan and she is fired. She meets Carson as she browses in a bookstore and can't believe that he is interested in her. This is a very good novella as I was left feeling uncertain of my feelings for Carson, which is a good thing as it leads you into the series. On the one hand, he seems like he cares for Sarah but there is still an element of 'what's really going on' as you read it. Sarah is the one who comes across as trying very hard to break out of her shell, but she does things with someone she has only just met that I had slight trouble believing. The ending of this novella will leave you questioning all that you know and leave you wanting the next book in this series immediately. For a quick, light contemporary read, I can definitely recommend this book. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!