- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545334810
- ISBN-13: 978-0545334815
- Buy it: Amazon
- Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?
As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?
At a Glance:
ReadingTeen came back from BEA in NYC not too long ago, and this book was in the very large pile of books. It caught my eye instantly, I love the cover. So I just decided to read it because it was short and I've never really read a contemporary book before.
Laura goes to Russia for school and falls for a very charming Russian man. They fall in love instantly. On and off, the love drama is intense. Secrets await! This book was just okay for me. It was a very quick read. It was funny and romantic. Just not off the charts good.
Oh, the romance! I absolutely loved the romance. It was amazing... But, I thought they got into their huge relationship way to quickly. The romance was on the sweet side.
Laura's character was so funny! Reading about her was so fun and entertaining! I would definitely like to read more about her life!
I've never read about anyone like Alyosha (Alexei). He's Russian, funny, romantic, lovable, and absolutely gorgeous! He was definitely one of my favorites... until it got to the end. Then I kinda wanted to punch him.
Favorite Supporting Character:
I really liked Laura's friend Karen. She was one of my favorites! She was really funny, and was a really great friend to Laura.
Something I loved:
I loved how the book was set in Russia, I've never read a book like this before. I really loved the romance and all of the different characters.
Something(s) I hated:
I didn't really like the character Olga. She just got annoying and she just bugged me. Sometimes Laura would get a little dramatic about little things, and that kinda annoyed me. I thought the book could have been longer though.
Yes, there is a cliffhanger, I really hope Natalie Standiford will write a sequel.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, I definitely recommend it to people who love romance, contemporary, funny with a Russian twist.
|4 out-of 6|