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London Falling by T.A. Foster
Published January 14th 2014
Age Group: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC from Author
It’s London’s senior year and she only needs one class to graduate. She just didn’t expect her final assignment: fall in love.
Communication 224 has a reputation for giving out the most unique projects of the semester. When London James and Beau Anderson signed up for the class they had no idea they would be paired up together, much less spend an entire semester working on their final grade.
Professor Garcia tasks them to produce a study on the hit reality show, Love Match, a show about strangers falling in love on over the top dates. London and Beau decide to debunk the popular show’s fantasy portrayal of romance. Determined they can date the entire semester and not fall for each other, the classmates share blogs about their dates and start a website where everyone can follow their dating experiment.
Is staying out of love as easy as it seems? Headstrong and success-driven London discovers there might be more important things in life than an A.
London Falling is based around a class project. And I have to say, that professor seems more than a little eccentric, but so cool! I loved the way she structured her class and the projects that they had to do. It was a communications and social media class, and each group of partners was assigned a different reality tv show and they had to use the different communication theories that they learned in the class to create a hands on semester long project based on their show. And being a bit of a reality tv show junkie, I ate it all up. The show that London and Beau got was Love Match, which is basically exactly like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Which, incidentally, is one of the few reality shows that I have never watched, but I know the concept of it. London and Beau both think the show is stupid and can’t possibly be real so they create a blog and set out to prove that you can’t force people to fall in love with each other by just by making them go on these crazy dates.
London Falling is such a fun book. London and Beau seem to be complete opposites on first glance. London is totally focused and Beau is so free and fun-loving. Beau is a well known campus blogger at the college and his senior “bucket list” is like a personal mission of his. I loved that they each worked items from his bucket list into their dates. I thought that was such a cute addition to the story. I really enjoyed the dynamic of London and Beau. They each pushed each other. I could tell right away that Beau was really falling for London. In fact, everyone could tell except her. The book is told completely from her POV so we only get her take on things, but TA Foster does such a great job with her characterizations that I still felt like I got some of Beau’s point of view and his feelings. I really felt like I got to know him just as well as I got to know London and that is impressive from a single narrative book.
I don’t want to spoil anything in the book. I was a little sad about a couple of the decisions they made with regards to their project and I was a little more than sad at a few of the choices they each made in their personal lives because I became so invested in the thought of London and Beau together. But the way everything plays out in the book is kind of perfect. Even though I was sad a couple of times, I wouldn’t change a thing.
London Falling takes you on all kinds of ups and downs. Fake feelings, real feelings, hurt feelings, oh my! I was rooting for London and Beau from day one and I also was rooting on their project being a success. This book was every bit addictive as a reality show. Bring on the guilty pleasures!
T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.
Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.
T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.Author Links: