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My Review of Somewhere Only We Know by Erin Lawless @rinylou

Welcome to the first Review as a new and improved book blogger / person!

Somewhere Only We Know by Erin Lawless


What They Say:

Boy meets girl…

Alex Bradley can't help but feel that life is rather passing him by. And not just life – promotions, invitations, romance; the girl he loves only has eyes for his flatmate and his 9-5 job as the Immigration department skivvy is slowly numbing his soul. Until he meets Nadia.

Girl meets boy…

Nadia Osipova is running out of time. With no money, no lawyer and a totally fictitious boyfriend, she’s got one last summer and one last appeal before the British government deport her back home.

Girl gets deported?

It's going to be a bumpy ride, one she's dragging her new friend Alex along for. As Nadia races through a list of all her favourite London adventures, for what may be the last time, Alex can’t help but start to see the city, and his life, through Nadia’s eyes.

From hazy summer days on the Common and heady nights in Soho’s basement bars, to twilight walks along the Southbank, will Alex realise what he’s got before it’s too late?

What I Say:

I decided to read this book (finally) because I was going to meet Erin at an author/blogger meet up and thought it would probably be a good idea. I really have no idea why I hadn't read Somewhere Only We Know before now. It really was so good! I can't believe I didn't meet Alex and Nadia for such a long time.

Erin is a fantastic storyteller! Her character development is among the best I've read. I honestly felt that Alex, Nadia, Holly, Ledge, Rory, Lila and Caro were becoming a part of my life. I even messaged Erin at one point because I didn't like a character called Monty. The flow and journey in this book is so easy and natural that it was easy to get lost in the moment. Each day, each location was perfectly described and I felt I was there with them. Conversations were so natural,witty and easy to follow.

Nadia's plight was one I kind of understand. I really felt for her, knowing that her fate hangs in the hands of some nameless, faceless government body. I rooted for her and was on the edge of my seat until the very last page. Emotions ran high for me and I really liked that feeling!

All in all, Somewhere Only We Know is one of the most real, beautiful, emotional yet funny books I have ever read! 9/10

I am off to read The Best Thing I Never Had now!

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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