English as a Second Language

E Book English as a Second Language I don t normally review books but I had to pu

E-Book English as a Second Language I don't normally review books, but I had to put in my two cents on why I couldn't finish this book. Simply put, it's terribly written. By page 20, you've been introduced to about 10 characters and the only defining characteristics are Cristina is Spanish and Evan is the ex. I honestly don't know who is important or how she knows so-and-so but I really don't care. She's at some school, its never named... I can't help but wonder if this is because Megan Crane wanted to create some ideal English school that fulfills stereotypes instead of actually researching for her novel. But the thing that got me was the writing style. Ex A from page 22: "it was not until the second week that I remembered the reason I was in England in the first place: that whole masters degree thing"What editor allows that to be published? I've seen better fanfiction. She keeps referring to herself as "Happy Graduate School Girl" and after the third time, I just wanted to shake Crane and tell her to stop, we got it. Alex wants to make a new life. Alex is spoiled, annoying, immature for a 26 year old and too reliant on others. I couldn't stand to read more about her.. English as a Second Language are Books In this wickedly funny first novel think Legally Blonde in Oxford a young New York woman exchanges her corporate job for a year of books, blokes, beers, and new best friends in graduate school in England.Alexandra Brennan is fed up with her dead end New York City job and even fed up of running into her smug ex boyfriend So when he crosses the line by telling heIn this wickedly funny first novel think Legally Blonde in Oxford a young New York woman exchanges her corporate job for a year of books, blokes, beers, and new best friends in graduate school in England.Alexandra Brennan is fed up with her dead end New York City job and even fed up of running into her smug ex boyfriend So when he crosses the line by telling her that she ll never get into graduate school in the United Kingdom, that s precisely what she does.Armed with imported cigarettes and extra strength coffee, Alex leaves home and crosses the Atlantic to face all that Great Britain and grad school have to offer, including ill considered romantic interludes, a red headed nemesis with intellectual pretensions and ulterior motives, a preponderance of eighties music, and books than she can possibly read in a year What she discovers, however, is that instead of running away from home she may have actually found it.. USA Today bestselling, RITA nominated, and critically acclaimed author Megan Crane has written nearly seventy books since her debut in 2004 She has been published by a variety of publishers, including each of New York s Big Five She s won fans with her women s fiction, chick lit, and work for hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents she writes as Caitlin Crews These days her focus is on contemporary romance from small town to international glamor, cowboys to bikers, and beyond She sometimes teaches creative writing classes both online at mediabistro and at UCLA Extension s prestigious Writers Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.. The best Books English as a Second Language Although this was Crane's debut novel, I picked this one up after thoroughly enjoyingEveryone Else's Girl. However, this book was a disappointment. It contained none of the wit, humor or insight of Everyone Else's Girl. All the characters seemed to do was drink. None of the characters were particularly compelling, and I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them or what happened to them. Nothing really seemed to happen in this book and there was really no conclusion to speak of.

  1. USA Today bestselling, RITA nominated, and critically acclaimed author Megan Crane has written nearly seventy books since her debut in 2004 She has been published by a variety of publishers, including each of New York s Big Five She s won fans with her women s fiction, chick lit, and work for hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents she writes as Caitlin Crews These days her focus is on contemporary romance from small town to international glamor, cowboys to bikers, and beyond She sometimes teaches creative writing classes both online at mediabistro and at UCLA Extension s prestigious Writers Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

218 Reply to “English as a Second Language”

  1. Although this was Crane s debut novel, I picked this one up after thoroughly enjoyingEveryone Else s Girl However, this book was a disappointment It contained none of the wit, humor or insight of Everyone Else s Girl All the characters seemed to do was drink None of the characters were particularly compelling, and I couldn t bring myself to care about any of them or what happened to them Nothing really seemed to happen in this book and there was really no conclusion to speak of.


  2. I don t normally review books, but I had to put in my two cents on why I couldn t finish this book Simply put, it s terribly written By page 20, you ve been introduced to about 10 characters and the only defining characteristics are Cristina is Spanish and Evan is the ex I honestly don t know who is important or how she knows so and so but I really don t care She s at some school, its never named I can t help but wonder if this is because Megan Crane wanted to create some ideal English school th [...]


  3. This is the type of book to read when looking for something light you can breeze through without really using your brain It honestly read like a fanfiction story, and I mean that as a compliment Sure, it contained some annoying flaws, but it s not a terrible read.


  4. I fell in love with this book I found this book randomly at a used bookstore and was intrigued by the summary of the story, so thought why not Megan Cranes writing style and vivid descriptions pulls you into the story, and you really feel connected to the characters I adored the character of Alex She reminds me so much of myself and I was rooting for her and Toby the entire time The book s about a young women who packs up her life in New York to go to graduate school in England There she discove [...]


  5. For me, picking up books to read can go several ways There are the books that I love and adore and written by authors whom I love and adore On the opposite end, there are books that look interesting, but when I get past a certain point, there s the growing realization that the book is not what I ve expected And then there s books like this, where I initially really like it, but subsequent rereads give me a noticeably bad taste Such is the case with English as a Second Language.Aside from the fac [...]


  6. What you do at graduate school You drink a lot apparently.Like some of the other reviewers, when reading this novel, I got so tired of reading sentences like, Let s go to the pub or something about a hangover after drinking all night In fact, I just opened my book to a random page and this is what I found, We clanked plastic glasses and downed our shots on the count of three I don t think 5 pages ever went by without at least one of the characters drinking, talking about going to the pub, or hav [...]


  7. God, this book was horrible It was so dumb and lame, luckily, it was one of those that you can finish in a day though Girls ex boyfriend doesn t think she can go to grad school in the UK, so she defies hum and goes Granted, it s not Oxford, etc they actually don t give the name of a specific school, just that it s not in London, so who cares anyway but she takes daddy s money and goes for an English degree It s a miracle anything gets done as all it seems she does all year is drink and smoke and [...]


  8. After reading about 60 pages of this book, I came online to add it to my currently reading list and then had the most brilliant idea to check out reviews about it from other readers Most of them pretty awful, and the best were just meh But I actually really enjoyed it I had no idea what was up when I borrowed this book from my library I wasn t sure whether it was romance novel or coming of age type of thing I just liked the cover But it turned out to be one those blessedly easy reads, especially [...]


  9. As I have stated before, I have an embarrassing love for chick lit if you can even call it that But this was TERRIBLE, even by chick lit standards I am really glad I read this book last, and all of Megan Crane s other books first or I probably would not have read any of the others This book was pretty much about a girl who goes to England to go to Grad School and gets drunk and makes a mess of things for a year while her father foots the bill I was not charmed, impressed, or sold Plus, it took m [...]


  10. What I learned from this book That it was crap lolOh and that if I d checked I would have discovered that yes it looks like it has raving reviews but there are also many people who like me considered it a horrible boring book I did not like it at all Was bored out of my mind Maybe because it is soo shallow, unbelievable I did not get a click with any of the characters its all about drinking , pubs and a crush And don t get me wrong, I love to go and drink in pubs Nah Very disappointing


  11. 3.5 5 stars A whole lot of sloppy drinking in this book, but it was still entertaining Can t say at the age of 27 I was still living off my parent s dime, but times are different now I suppose I enjoyed some of the dry British style humor Brought back memories of my college days and some old friends from Cambridge, especially with lots of calling people a nutter happy sigh


  12. I identified with the heroine who applied to graduate school in England to show her ex boyfriend she could do it, but I must admit that if I didn t enjoy novels with university settings I might have got tired of these characters None of them was particularly appealing, and the resolution was quite predictable.


  13. This a fluff book that makes me very glad I am older and not worried about this sort of thing any It also makes me very grateful that I have a library to get books from, so that I don t have to feel guilty about paying money for them That said, it is funny and accurate if you re into younger adult not young adult angst.


  14. Shallow, extremely immature 26 year olds do a little not much growing up right before the end of the book Should have stopped reading at page 12, but didn t have anything else in my suitcase.



  15. So far so good Funny chicklit picked it up at the library because it takes place in the UK The friendly tension between Alex and Toby makes me want a cute British guy



  16. The story is about Alexandra Brennan, who decides to leave the US and her dead end job there to study her Master s in English Literature in the UK All because her ex boyfriend said she didn t have it in her She makes new friends, adopts a nocturnal lifestyle that involves hanging out at the pub, sleepwalks through classes during the day, draws a motley crew of friends and acquaintances toward her with whom she experiences several misadventures, only to discover that she has found home What sets [...]


  17. if ever there was a chick lit book that would inspire me to revise my crummy chick lit tag, this is it i really enjoyed this book a lot it kind of turned the conventions of chick lit on their heads, while remaning a fun frothy book that i polished off in three hourse main character, alexandra, is a 26 year old paralegal living in new york city her job is hardly her passion in life, but it pays the bills she takes up with a somewhat humorless stick in the mud named evan, after they split up, she [...]


  18. How I Came To Own This Book My annual Christmas PJs a book gift included this book.The Plot Alex is in her mid 20s and sick of her life in America including the taunts from her ex that she d never be able to get into a graduate studies program Alex defies him and surprises herself when she gets into a somewhat prestigious program at an English school in the UK Off Alex goes and soon she is wrapped up in culture shock, friends and foes, romances, and of course school.The Good The Bad Looking at m [...]


  19. The problem with me and chick lit is that I very seldom actually identify with the protagonists In this one, I actually identified with some of the traits of the people the protagonist liked the least For example, like what s his face the pretentious sexist awkward American guy, I do not appreciate being kept up all hours by a giant party outside my door, even on a Saturday night, and especially without any warning from my roommates I don t think that makes me unreasonable I also have a tendenc [...]


  20. Good for a holiday when you would like not to think too heavily about anything other than the fact that you re going to uni, but as a uni student I really do not have an interest in being recounted a tale of how uni life should NOT be alcoholic Alex Brennan goes from New York to England to study there because an ex boyfriend didn t think she would Not the very best of premises, in the first place.The whole book is about the miserable drama her life has become while being there and the protagonis [...]


  21. I had read so many great reviews of this book and decided that I should try to read this book too After reading it, I wasn t sure what I felt about this book I m not sure if I like it or not.This book is about Alex s life in graduate school The story starts off with Alex who moved to the UK to show her ex that she could get into graduate school She met up with a few friends Cristina, Melanie, Toby and a few others Then there were a lot of drinking, partying and smoking going on and I was lost I [...]


  22. I needed a light and easy to read book since I was packed with work and my mind couldn t process anything deeper In that sense, the book fulfilled its purpose However, I dare saying that it was way lighter than I had expected.I had the feeling there wasn t a real conflict in the main character s storyline and secondary characters seemed appealing and their stories, entertaining.I haven t done a Master s degree yet, but I know a few people that have and their experiences were a lot harder than [...]


  23. New York native Alex decides to heave ho from her life to go to graduate school in England Why you ask Because her ex boyfriend said she couldn t do it Now there, she wonders that maybe he had a point In England, she discovers about her relationships with men, and the question most of us have burned in our heads What is it that we want out of life Notes This was such a quick read I wasn t even supposed to read this book for a while, but after having the stress surmounting with classes, I needed [...]


  24. I have to say the first half of the book was only ho humought about giving it up, but didn t have any other books to occupy my time, so I trudged on I m really glad I did, because this second half is goodI ve laughed at the drunken antics of these Masters students, recognizing some of these things as bone headed manuevers I once participated in or witnessed The is it a relationship or isn t it plot between Toby and Alex is a little wearyingbut I love their interactions, as well as the others in [...]


  25. I picked up this book because it was sitting on a bookshelf in my room at my homestay and I desperately needed something to read Near it on the shelf were textbooks on postmodernism, various European travel guides published around 1997, and the New Testament Out of all my options I picked this one probably because it had a pink cover This book is ridiculous and silly, and you know what s going to happen from about page 5, and a whole 5th of it could probably be taken out because there s so much [...]


  26. This book is about a woman who decided to go to Grad School in England because her ex boyfriend said that she couldn t get into Oxford She didn t get into Oxford so I don t understand why she still went to England anyway.Like my review indicates, it was only okay I felt that the plot was redundant It kept going in circles around the same issues By the time the predictable ending came, I was tired.What I did like about it was that I understood aspects of the protagonists She felt that she didn t [...]


  27. This is the second worst book I ve ever read in my life The first worst being The Garden by Elsie V Aidenoff.The book is not a total loss though After you ve pushed through reading 50% of the book almost the first half of the book consists of repetitive character buildinge has a crush on her teacher, we get it , things actually pick up and become interesting.You think Great It started off slow, and it took a LONG time to pick up, but at least the second half of the book will be good Then you rea [...]


  28. My first thought upon finishing this book was how is anyone still alive in possession of a liver So much drinking My liver hurt in sympathy for theirs.That said.The plot is pretty mainstream but it has an edginess to it that kept me glued to the book The dialogue flows in a very organic way, so that I felt like part of the conversations and invested in what happened to the characters Alex spends a good portion of the book giving off spoilt immature vibes, but I found that keeping in mind that sh [...]


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