Summary: After posing nude and getting expelled from her French finishing school, 17-year-old Victoria Darling returns back to London scandalized. Her parents have arranged for her to get married but Victoria has other plans – aside from her clandestine application to attend the Royal College of Art – a nearly impossible dream for a girl in 1909 – she finds herself involved with the suffragette movement and harboring a growing attraction for a working class boy.
Thoughts: This is one of my favorite books this year. It is funny and serious, light and honest and full of dreams and emotions. I loved watching Victoria fight for everything she wanted, I loved watching her grow and come to terms with the sacrifices she would have to make to achieve her dreams. Victoria is a character with many flaws and it really should have made me dislike her at some point, but I just couldn’t. If anything, her stubbornness at the start really made her more endearing towards the end.