ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
No one tells Alexandra Brennan what she can or cannot do. When an ex-boyfriend laughs at the idea of Alex studying for her master's degree at Oxford, that is exactly what she decides to do. But as soon as Alex gets to England, she realizes this experience is going to be different from anything she has ever encountered before.
Right away, she makes friends with her roommates, finds an enemy and falls in love with her professor. Amid visiting the local pub, listening to various tales of heartbreak and doing schoolwork, can Alex find what she's looking for?
This is a fast-paced tale with just the right amount of humor. Alex is smart, witty and even makes graduate school look fun. While she does drink a bit much, her reactions to everyday situations ring true, as do Crane's secondary characters. The perfect beach read! (Aug., 277 pp., $12.95)