London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

London Belongs to Us

Written by Sarra Manning
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London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning

'Fast and funny and happy-making' Lisa Williamson, author of THE ART OF BEING NORMAL Twelve hours, two boys, one girl . . . and a whole lot of hairspray. Seventeen-year-old Sunny's always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she's sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she's got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London - starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can't even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill . . . and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace. Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she'd have anything in common with - least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French 'twins' (they're really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it's the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone - from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers - is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution. A fast-paced, darkly funny love letter to London, boys with big hair and the joys of staying up all night.


LONDON BELONGS TO US is a galloping, giddy romp of a book about empowerment and staying out until the sun rises. Loved it. * Holly Bourne, author of AM I NORMAL YET? * Enjoyed London Belongs to Us IMMENSELY. Sunny is a brilliantly realised main character. It made me want to go back to London too! * Louise O'Neill, author of ONLY EVER YOURS * One girl stays up all night in a 12-hour dash across London. It's a love letter to the capital, fresh and contemporary. A brilliant summer read. * The Bookseller * I was immediately drawn into the story when it had me laughing within a few pages. With its chatty, modern, and laid back writing style, I knew I was going to love it (...) I found it to be a unique, heart-warming and genuine story. It is a perfect YA read * * Fast paced, witty, humorous story! (...) If you're looking for a fast paced, witty story filled with friendship, relationships, and dealing with boys who mess with your head then this is the story for you! You will fall in love with Sunny and her friends and wish you were there with them * The Reader's Corner Book Blog * I enjoyed being reminded about how diverse and varied London is and how much the City has to offer. It's one of my favourite places to visit so it was fun to see of the areas I haven't been to before * A Dream of Books Book Blog * Sarra Manning's books are always a pitch-perfect read for summer and her latest is no exception! * Maximum Pop Books * This book is bloody brilliant * Lisa Talks About Blog * This is certainly a top candidate for some literary wanderlust around London * * London Belongs To Us is a fast-paced sprint through London. However it's not the adventure that makes this book appealing, it's the character development that wins you over and don't be surprised if Sunny stays with you long after you've turned the final page * Books For Keeps * This is a really enjoyable fast-paced narrative, with the true central character really being beautiful London, in all its wackiness and glory * * If you love London (who doesn't'?) or even if you haven't been there but would love to visit it (who wouldn't?), this read is for you. Plus, it has a kick-ass heroine (even if she started a bit too hang up on her boyfriend, we soon forgave her), craziness galore and even pie charts! Giggles guaranteed. Go pick it up * Alba in Bookland Blog * This was such a fun novel and I finished it in one sitting. It was a crazy and exciting adventure around London (...) Sarra Manning has never disappointed me and I absolutely loved London Belongs to Us. It was crazy and energetic and just a really great feel-good read that made me laugh a lot * Reading with Jenna Book Blog * London Belongs To Us is a sweet little escapade of a novel with great dialogue, warm romantic fun and a fair bit of super-sass girl power too * We Sat Down * A charming and fluffy YA scavenger-hunt style jaunt through London on one epic night out * Chelsey Pippin *

About the Author

Sarra Manning

Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the legendary but now sadly defunct UK teen mag, J17, first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team and became editor of teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK. There followed a stint as editor of the BBC's What To Wear and consulting on Bliss, The Face and More. Sarra now writes for ELLE, Grazia, Red, InStyle, The Guardian, The Mail On Sunday's You magazine and The Sunday Telegraph's Stella. Her best-selling teen novels, which include Guitar Girl, Let's Get Lost and The Diary Of A Crush trilogy, have been translated into numerous languages and in 2008, she was shortlisted for the Book People's Queen of Teen award. In 2009, her first adult novel, Unsticky, was published. Sarra lives in North London.

A Q&A with the author

Are any of your characters based on real people?

There’s always an element of me in my heroines. Not necessarily the teenager
I was, but the teenager who I wanted to be that got to date tousle-haired art boys, always had a snappy comeback and knew how to source really good vintage dresses.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Always, always, always. Never even contemplated being anything else!

What was your favourite book as a teenager?

I was a sullen, pretentious teenager rarely seen without a copy of Sylvia Plath’s
The Bell Jar or Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

If you got in Doctor Who’s tardis, where (or when) would you go?

Hmm, maybe Paris in the 1920s. Or maybe even to go back to my teenage years but knowing what I know now. That would be the ultimate do-over.

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272 pages


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Hot Key Books

Publication date

2nd June 2016



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