Love in English by Maria E. Andreu

Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I found Love in English on Overdrive and it sounded like a great audiobook. Unfortunately, the story didn’t quite work for me.     

Title: Love in English
Author: Maria E. Andreu
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Ana and her mother have just moved from their home in Argentina to join her father in New Jersey where he has been setting up a new life for the past three years since the family received visas to immigrate to the United States. Ana quickly begins to feel lost in a country where she doesn’t understand the language or is familiar with the social customs. The only class where Ana feels like she fits in is her ESL class where she befriends Neo, a Greek immigrant who she just feels comfortable around. Ana life is made even more complicated when she meets Harrison, a popular boy, in math class. Ana is drawn to Harrison and hopes he notices her but should her heart’s desire be somewhere else?

Review: I am a sucker for romance books and Love in English appeared to be a book that would be an even blend of romantic relationships and important social issues. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to the expectations. In many ways, Love in English is a classic fish out of water story about finding love. Ana is desperate for her family to reunite but she doesn’t want to leave her beloved home in Argentina. She is a teen struggling to change her whole life and find a new place to fit in. Ana’s journey is relatable and her experience is something many teens have dealt with. Also, Ana’s relationships with Neo and Harrison are the makings of a classic YA romance. Ana has feelings for two charming and caring boys and she has to learn about herself to decide who she could love. This is just all swoony. Plus, Andreu did a fine job of illustrating how difficult it is to become fluent in a new language. Ana has spent years studying English but the words just slip away from her and she can’t fully understand what is going on in the best of situation. The basic premise and the relationship in the book well fine and well-done. However, there was something about this book that felt incomplete. I never really got to know Ana outside of the fact that she had newly immigrated to the United States. She develops relationships with Harrison and Neo but she doesn’t really know them beyond their most basic information. the lack of character and relationship development was frustrating and made the book less enjoyable. Adding to the frustration was an ending that felt unresolved and rushed.  Love in English had a lot of promise and while it lives up to much of that promise the parts of the book that were lacking made this novel feel like a very long short story that was never completely developed.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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