Review: My Oxford Year // Julia Whelan

Review: My Oxford Year // Julia Whelan

Ella has always dreamed of studying at Oxford University. It’s been a part of her life’s plan since the time she was 13 years old. As a 24 year old, she not only has finally made it to Oxford as Rhodes Scholar, she is also offered a dream job working on a presidential candidate’s campaign upon her return from her year-long, Once in a Lifetime Experience.

Ella’s first day at Oxford is nothing what she expected, when it is ruined by a loud-mouthed local who nearly runs her over. Of course, as always seems to happen, that same loud-mouthed local is her English literature professor for her time at Oxford.

Jamie Davenport is not at all enamored with Ella’s American ways, and Ella begins to think maybe Oxford isn’t the place for her. She makes some very quirky but very great friends who show her the ways of Oxford. Some chance encounters and drinks later, Ella and Jamie embark on a friend’s-with-benefits arrangement, sneaking around campus and the local town to see each other.

Things take a turn for the worse when Ella discovers a grave secret Jamie has been hiding, and she has to make a choice between her future in American politics, and the man she loves.

I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I felt basically every emotion in the midst of these pages. Ella is someone you find yourself connecting with because she’s so real, and the author did an amazing job of making her emotions and her thoughts come through the pages so you felt the way she was feeling. Ella’s Once in a Lifetime Experience made me want to get out there and have my own Once in a Lifetime Experience – once I find out what that is 😂.

Goodreads stars: 4/5 (AKA I truly enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend you add it to your TBR list!)

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