'English as a Second Language'
By: Megan Crane
(Paperback / 288 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446692867 / $12.95)
Description: Heads up, world: British university students drink a lot. That's the main conclusion reached by first-timer Crane in this novel about a 20-something American student forging new friendships, swilling lager, kissing boys and generally behaving as if a master's degree is the furthest thing from her mind!
Verdict: This is an entertaining, light read, and, for a change, the singletons are not existing in some urban jungle. This tale is a fish-out-of-water story of Alex Brennan, a 26-year old American girl who goes to England to study for her Master's degree, simply because her ex-boyfriend said she couldn't. The story involves a gorgeous professor, a psycho American girl stalker, hard-drinking English boys, and the stress of being a student, and finding one's way in the world. The characters, for the most part, are well drawn, but the book is not all that engrossing. I thought the story would go somewhere, but it built up for awhile, then let down. It is a very quick read, and it doesn't stick with you!
Reviewed by Sarah Hickson