During an educational trip to London, away from her friends and the boy she thinks she is fated to love, Massachussets high school junior Julia Lichtenstein is paired with her nemesis, Jason, and begins seeing many things differently.
High school junior Julia Lichtenstein is headed to London for her literature class's spring break trip. But without her best friend or swim teammates there, she has to fend for herself when she's partnered up with Jason Lippincott, who is as abrasive and free-spirited as Julia is uptight and studious. While Julia wants to visit museums, Jason is only interested in letting loose; he drags Julia to a house party, where she meets a cute boy, Chris. Jason offers to help Julia woo him, if Julia writes his papers during the trip, and romantic shenanigans ensue. Morrill's debut, a Paper Lantern Lit property, is entertaining and quick-witted, but as a romance it's forced. Although Julia has a crush at home in addition to Chris in London, both boys are all but invisible-no reader will expect Julia to end up with anyone but Jason. Those who share Julia's passion for Shakespeare will appreciate the Benedick and Beatrice-style sparring between the two teens, but it doesn't make up for the transparency of this opposites-attract romantic comedy. Ages 12-up. Agent: Steven Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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November 13, 2012
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