I Heart Paris Paperback – Sep 28 2010
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Praise for I heart Paris: 'More down-to-earth and enjoyable girly fodder from rising chick-lit star Kelk' Heat 'Fun, romantic and warm, this is a perfect summer read.' Closer Praise for the I Heart... series: 'A hilarious must read for Sex and the City fans.' Closer 'This is a humbling, girly read, perfect for those wishing to escape from the reality of cold winter nights.' Heat 'A fun read...leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside' Company 'Chicklit fans will put a big shiny star on this deliciously entertaining wander through tinseltown!' Daily Record 'Littered with plenty of laughs and surprises, this superb sequel won't fail to satisfy your expectations' Closer
About the Author
Lindsey Kelk is a writer and a former children's book editor. When she isn't writing, reading, listening to music or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes to wear shoes, shop for shoes and judge the shoes of others. She loves living in New York but misses Sherbert Fountains, London and drinking Gin & Elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that order. She is the author of five I Heart novels and one standalone, The Single Girl's To-Do List, and all of her novels have been bestsellers.
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Top Customer Reviews
Angela's misfortunes are always hilarious and with someone out to sabotage her, an air of mystery surrounds this novel. The confusion Angela feels in Paris with both her work situation and her boyfriend, Alex, as well as her communication foibles with Alex felt real, and I wanted to shake at her at times as she kept making more off a mess of everything.
I really love Alex's character. I think he balances Angela well, love that he's a good guy and that he loves Angela despite all her messes, fears and communication issues. I also like that the series doesn't focus on her searching for a man as so many chick lit novels do, but focuses on relationship struggles.
I enjoyed the first two novels in this series a tiny bit more than I Heart Paris, but it was still enjoyable and I loved reading more of Angela's adventures and can't wait to read the next one when it comes out as well as anything else Lindsey Kelk writes. Fans of this fabulous series won't be disappointed.
I loved all three. I heart Hollywood, I heart New York and I heart Paris :)
Please come out with another one soon :)
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I Heart Paris is the third book in Lindsey Kelk's I Heart series. The series includes:
#1-I Heart New York
#2-I Heart Hollywood
#3-I Heart Paris
#4-I Heart Vegas
#5-I Heart London
#6-I Heart Christmas
I read books one and two in 2012 and loved them! I lost interest in the third book, I Heart Paris. Thinking it was just poor timing, I picked it back up a year later and finished it. Out of the three that I have read, I Heart Paris is my least favorite but it's not bad. I gave it 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4.
The heroine in the I Heart series is Angela Clark, a British broken-hearted girl who runs away from her drama in London to America. Her adventures are so funny, classic chick-lit humor but unfortunately, I Heart Paris didn't offer much of that humor until the end. I think that's why I lost interest. I'm glad I finished it though because the ending was good, with a few laugh out loud moments. I already own the fourth book (prematurely buying the series after loving the first two) so I will likely continue the series.
My favorite quote:
It was only just after ten but people were already lining up for the show. For a moment, I forgot how pissed off I was with Alex and just felt incredibly proud. I couldn't imagine how it must feel to see people queuing to see you do something you loved. No one was ever likely to stand in line to watch me inhale a tub of Phish Food and settle in for a three-hour America's Next Top Model marathon. I made a mental note actually to get around to doing something relevant with my life. Or at least have a think about it."(less)
I adored the first two books in the I Heart series but I lost interest in this one quick. Her trust issues are getting old and in my opinion there wasn't enough other plot to make up for it. I was so excited about this series but I don't think I'll continue.
I guess it affected my reading pleasure a bit because I didn't really feel connected to the characters as I probably would have done if I had read the first books beforehand. However, it didn't affect the storyline itself because everything was explained clearly. I think I would recommend reading the series in order though and I really want to read those books now even though my to read list is already far too long!
The beginning was all about Angela before she went to Paris with her boyfriend Alex, it took a while to fully capture my interest but once it did I couldn't stop turning the pages - it definitely got better as the story progressed. My feelings towards Alex changed regularly throughout the book, alternating between very negative thoughts and `aww isn't he sweet' thoughts. Angela was such a funny character, she was awkward, clumsy and very unlucky but this meant she was also very entertaining! I particularly enjoyed her honest blog posts and her struggles to get where she needed to go.
There were so many laugh out loud moments throughout the book, some of my favourites were: an amusing flight to Paris which also included `suitcase gate', a dangerous nighttime trip to the loo, talkative teenagers on a train, a pickled onion problem and a hugely entertaining fight scene near the end.
The writing was clear and gave me a real sense of actually being in Paris, I definitely shared Angela's enthusiasm for the city even as she wandered from one disaster to the next (I think the beauty of Paris did ease some of her frustrations though).
This was an enjoyable read full of all things girly - bags, shoes, boys and travel, what more could a girl want?
Angela is a very likeable character, and there is so much about Kelk's "I Heart" series to love, however this third instalment is very much its predecessors. Angela fails to talk to Alex about basic, adult things; Angela stresses out over her job and her abilities to hold onto said job (as a side note, I have never really found Angela's blog all that interesting, so I don't see what the fuss is about...); Angela drinks too much and gets herself into stupid, thoughtless situations.
Angela overreacts a lot, and not simply to make this book more entertaining - a simple lunch meeting with her boss and the magazine Big Wig just feels too confusing and tense and back-and-forth than it really needs to be. Most of the drama in this book is over the top and unnecessary. I wanted to slap Angela and tell her to get her act together, and I hadn't even read the previous books at the time!
However, true to the other books in the series, Kelk describes Angela's Paris so well that you really feel like you're walking with her. It's littered with the same designer name-drops from the previous books that make you salivate, and it is still very, very addictive.
It's definitely worth reading I Heart New York and I Heart Hollywood to see what Angela has been through to get to Paris, but I found it simple enough to understand on its own. This book isn't the greatest, but for a light chick-lit read with some amazing travel writing, it's definitely worth checking out.
I Heart Paris is definitely going on my Favorites list. The writing was humorous, the characters were extremely likeable, and I loved the air of mystery surrounding the possible work sabotage. It was also refreshing to read a story where the boyfriend is actually a good guy! I loved Alex's character and how much he loved Angela despite her increasingly clumsy ways and the miscommunication involving the ex-girlfriend. The visions of Paris made me feel like I was in the city, and the fashion will please chick lit fans immensely. I've realized that I've said I've loved parts of this book about three times now, so I definitely need to give it a 5 star rating. This is the third in Lindsey Kelk's `I Heart' series: I Heart New York, I Heart Hollywood and I Heart Paris, and I sure hope we get a fourth!
While I liked Angela Clark in "I heart New York" for being a girl who turns an awful situation into a new amazing life, I just cannot like her anymore in this novel.
The brave and cool protagonist turned into a whiney, sad little girl who apparently is not able to survive if her friend Jenny is not gonna fix whatever state she managed to bring herself into. Again. Moreover, she obviously is not capable of talking to her own boyfriend. Her sole way of dealing with tough situations is running away to other countries and it gets lame, especially if you read more or less the same story already twice in the other two books.
I think the book had so much potential. It could have been really interesting, if Angela had talked things about this ex-grilfriend Solène through with Alex instead of just jumping to conclusions and running away. It would have given the author the chance to develop a new level in the story, where the couple has some fights, but deals with it and gets on. Rather, she chose to not let the protagonists communicate at all. It may be chick-lit, but it needn't always be the whole "Is there a boyfriend or isn't there at the end of the book???"-thing.