English as A Second Language

English as A Second Language

Book - 2004
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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 more 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 more 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.


With a cheeky sense of humor and terrific cast of characters, ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE is a funny and irreverent novel about a young woman's misadventures on the path to adulthood.

Baker & Taylor
Alexandra Brennan is bored with her life in New York, and seeks to escape by entering a graduate school in England, only to find herself involved in relationships even more confusing than those she left behind.

Blackwell North Amer
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 more 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 more 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.


With a cheeky sense of humor and terrific cast of characters, ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE is a funny and irreverent novel about a young woman's misadventures on the path to adulthood.

Baker
& Taylor

Challenged to disprove her ex-boyfriend's contemptuous opinion of her, Alexandra Brennan quits her dead-end New York City job and heads to graduate school in England, where she faces haphazard romances, a red-headed nemesis, and more books than she could have imagined. A first novel. Original.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780446692861
0446692867
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 21 cm

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beverlymccool
Apr 18, 2011

Not great.. kind of boring and rambeling... I guess I was expecting a story like what Meg Cabot writes (as she apparently said how fantastic it is)... but it was definately no Meg Cabot. If you are expecting funny british literature, grab a Sophie Kinsella instead... you'll thank me.

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dprodrig
Jan 17, 2011

The book's title has nothing to do with the story - clearly there's some allusion being drawn between the American not understanding the British romantic sensibility, but you need to dig deep. No fumbling in England by this heroine, just student life, student dramas. This book won't be to everyone's taste... weird characters, strange romantic? ending.

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mjajo75
Jan 04, 2011

I couldn't get through this book...too confusing. and i never leave a book unfinished...
but this? Was not good.

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