Blog Tour: I See London by Chanel Cleeton [Book Thoughts]



Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, I have no words. On January 11, 2014, I started I See London; on January 15, 2014 at 2 AM in the morning, I finished I See London. I have not, in the past year, finished a book in less than 24 hours and then here comes this wonderful NA story. I See London is by far my favorite New Adult novel I have read so far.

I am going to start off with the protagonist, Maggie. She’s awesome. She begins her journey as a closed off, always-trying-to-be-perfect girl trying to keep up her grades, while trying to enjoying herself in a new city. Even though she is pretty relatable at the beginning; she becomes even more relatable throughout the story. Her new environment changes her, and she becomes confident, daring, and sexy; learning to live life as she wants to, not how she’s ‘supposed’ to. I absolutely love that about Maggie; I followed her along every step she took, and saw myself in her shoes as college changed her.

To continue, Maggie’s friends are just as equally as amazing. Although rumors and reputations get in the way of forming friendships at first, Maggie breaks through them and finds the personalities underneath. All of the characters – Samir (the sexy guy), Fleur (the Ice Queen), Mya (the genuinely nice friend) – to name a few, have unique personalities and background stories of their own. Cleeton not only builds Maggie’s story, but also everyone else’s. Because of this, I connected with the story more, because in life, as you grow, the people around you do too.

Additionally, I became absolutely hooked on the budding relationship between Maggie and Samir. Samir is cocky and comes on pretty strong, but Maggie learns to hold her own against him. Every scene between these two had me on the edge of my seat. What I appreciate about I See London is that there is a visible growth in their relationship; it’s no love at first sight. Furthermore, this book goes on to show that not everything has to be about love; showing a different side of most romance stories, but the more prominent side of the lives of young adults today.

The one thing about this novel that disappointed me was the writing. The writing of I See London isn’t that strong; it’s too basic, with sentences that don’t carry much weight. It bothered me at first, but I looked past it. By doing so, I was able to really enjoy the story.

In conclusion, I loved I See London. This story makes me want to transfer to the International School in London in hopes of becoming friends with Maggie and finding a boy like Samir. If you read New Adult novels, you definitely have to put this one on your list.


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