After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. Ellie crashes the Honors study abroad trip to England, intent on rebuilding her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than a hot British boyfriend. Willoughby is so gorgeous and charming he could be the lead in an Austen novel. There’s only one problem: Ellie knows nothing about his interests and every time she mentions hers—like gardening and Harry Potter—Will’s eyes glaze over like she’s giving a calculus lecture.
Ellie might not be an honors student, but she’s willing to major in “British Boyfriend” if it means keeping Will. She convinces Dev, an academic overachiever, to teach her cricket rules in exchange for help with his own crush. Even though he teases her about “UK Ken,” studying with Dev ends up being weirdly fun. His study habits rub off and soon her chemistry homework is vying for attention with cricket. And that’s not the only thing vying for her attention. Ellie needs to decide if her perfect British boyfriend is the perfect boy for her.
By the end of tonight, I will be Andy Keating’s girlfriend. I leap over piles of dirty clothes and shimmy past the fairy gardens that fill my window ledge as “Take On Me” replays for the 100th time. I land on a discarded dress—the third I tried on tonight—and go sliding across the wooden floor. Usually I don’t listen to eighties music, but this isn’t just another song. This is our song.
Crystal will be here any minute to pick me up. I need to finish my makeup, but it’s hard to think of anything but me and Andy dancing to this song at the smoothie shop.