London Belongs to Us
by Sarra Manning
Twelve hours, two boys, one girl . . . and a whole lot of hairspray.
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.
A fast-paced, darkly funny love letter to London, boys with big hair and the joys of staying up all night.
One night full of adventure, running around London looking for a douchebag boyfriend that never seems to be where he says he is.
It is EXACTLY as it sounds like.
It’s frustrating – Sunny is annoyingly faithful and the plot seems to go around in circles yet despite this, the humour is unmistakingly there. The fact that the broom was with her the whole time cracked me up every time.
I’ve never been to London but before reading this book, I never realised how huge London is. Sunny runs around the whole city, hopping from night bus to night bus, motorbike to motorbike with two very hot French boys. It was even tiring to read. How did she have so much energy to stay up all night?! The two French boys were helpful but I did not see much interest in them. Jean-Luc is frustratingly moody and Jeanne is simply a fuckboy. The ‘budding romance’ between Sunny and Jean-Luc didn’t feel at all real to me, it was very much forced and pretty non-existent to me.
The plot repeats itself a lot. She’ll call her boyfriend Mark, he’ll say he’s some place, she’ll go to that place with all the desperation she can muster and after all that effort, he’ll end up not being there. Rinse. Repeat.
Mark was a jerk FROM THE VERY BEGINNING and it seemed as if everyone realised it except for Sunny. She was blinded by sheer faith and hope and it took her half of the book and the honesty of strangers to open up her naive eyes. She was a pretty dumb character but despite that, she did learn how to be independent and not to be so easily trusting. It was certainly a novel about making mistakes and then learning from them. Round of applause for lil’ Sunny getting her dignity back!!!
All in all, a funny novel that does run around in circles but will definitely leave you light-hearted yet slightly annoyed.