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The Journals Of Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, Joel Myerson
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
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Decent summer read for Anglophiles

The Royal We - Jessica  Morgan, Heather Cocks

I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. It's the story of American girl Bex Porter, who goes to Oxford and lives on the same hall as the future king of England. They meet cute, fall in love, break up, make up and eventually find themselves preparing for the wedding of the century while battling the press, the royal family, and a sometimes disobedient entourage.

 

The authors are the Go Fug Yourself ladies, who are sometimes hilarious and sometimes TL;DR. The same is true of the book--it covers almost a decade, so the length sort of makes sense, but big sections in the middle just drag and drag and when I finished I did not feel proud of myself for having just read nearly 500 pages of thinly disguised Will and Kate fan fiction.

 

The ending also felt a bit flat, probably because Will--I mean, Prince Nicholas--is offstage for about a third of the book. You see what brings Bex and Nick together in the beginning, but it wasn't quite enough to keep me rooting for them at the end.