- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (July 11 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443443174
- ISBN-13: 978-1443443173
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 390 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I See London, I See France Hardcover – Jul 11 2017
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“Full of laughs, love and (mis)adventures, this book is Sarah Mlynowski at her best. It gave me all the feels, and just like summer vacation, I never wanted it to end!” (Chantel Guertin, author of the Pippa Greene series)
“Intoxicating romance, poignant drama and side-splitting shenanigans – I See London, I See France is a first-class romp.” (Vicki Grant, author of Short for Chameleon)
About the Author
Sarah Mlynowski is the bestselling author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have); I See London, I See France; Don’t Even Think About It; Think Twice; Milkrun; Fishbowl; Bras & Broomsticks; the Whatever After series; and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and optioned to Hollywood. Sarah was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City. Visit her at www.sarahm.com and find her everywhere @sarahmlynowski.
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When Leela's cheating ex-boyfriend and his super cute travel buddy show up on the SAME FLIGHT, all hell breaks loose. You would think that Europe is big enough for all four of them but when they keep bumping into each other, the reader starts to think not!
The girls learn a lot about love, themselves and what they are willing to do to make memories.
This was a very easy, light hearted read which I enjoyed very much! Admittedly, I bought the book because it was on sale for Cyber Monday - The cover art was catchy and I am a sucker for travel stories. I was pleasantly surprised. I will be checking out the other books by this author as this was my first.
Oh and if you don't get my tag line, read the book. You will get it.
I See London, I See France is a sweet novel. The MC and her cohorts are all early college-aged, and they felt like authentic characters. I related to Syd a surprising amount (minus the quirky wit- I'm not that fast with references to YA fiction, although I was pleased we share the same taste in it). Especially in that we're both enablers, feeling like we have to take care of everyone. Although to be honest, Syd is way braver than I am, around people. And I'd do better on stairs.
The book is rather poignant- Syd's mom has agoraphobia, and it's handled realistically. Syd is sympathetic but has taken a caretaker role with her mom, to the detriment of her own social life. She's also got an old friendship with a friend who is realistically a bit of a hot mess, and a friendship with a cosmopolitan new college friend who is dazzling to the point of otherworldly. There were passages that showed that genuine struggle to maintain and manage friendships- something else I related to deeply. I love that Syd isn't the "good" character, with all the qualities we the readers should like. She does have some excellent ones (she's a total Gryffindor, but loves YA lit, and is compassionate) but she also crutches on being needed, without realizing she's doing so, and she has apparently spent the year not communicating well or being a good friend to Leela. So there was a lot of tension in various areas, and it was so well-paced that I finished it in two days. TWO. I stayed up for hours at night to read this book, which is saying something, because I love my sleep.
And then there's the romance. It is definitely on the somewhat-unbelievable side (but then, aren't all romance plots?) in that both of these people are all the right things and neither does something stupid. But the sexual tension between them is delightful, and the romance is very sweet.
In all, this book is a lovely example of contemporary YA romance done right, and I'm so glad I read it. I recommend it for fans of YA, especially contemporary, romance, and both. It's probably the stick I'll be holding future YA contemporary romance novels to for many years.
I really enjoyed Mlynowski's peek at each country. Some I had visited and some I had not, but I thought she did a great job highlighting some of features of each city the girls visited. I must say, my favorite part of each visit, were the food descriptions. I found myself lusting for these edibles and actually quite hungry.
This book has a pretty fun cast of characters. As the girls travel, they meet up with friends, old and new, and they let loose in that way that 19-year olds on their own do. One of my favorite chapters was when the gang was all together in France. It was fun seeing all the characters come interacting together. And seriously, I was totally won over by Jackson. He surprised me in a good way, and I hope that he will pop up on the second book.
There are more substantial things in the book as well. Throughout the book, Sydney is dealing with her guilt from leaving her little sister to care for her agoraphobic mother. For the most part, I was really happy with what Mlyonwski did with this plot point. Another thing explored was how a friendship changes. Leela and Sydney went to different colleges, in different countries, and this trip marks the first time in a year that they had spent an appreciable time together. They have those growing pains that you would expect, and it is explored to some extent. But these are two examples of things I wished Mlynowski would have explored more.
Speaking of the second book, I am really intrigued on where this is going. At the very end of this book, there is a little blurb, which implies that it will involve characters that were mentioned in this book, but not in this book. I do want to read their story, but I sort of hope to catch up with these characters too. Either way, I am pretty sure I will check out book 2, because this was overall a fun read, and I liked I said, I am interested to see what happens next.
Overall: A fun NA romp through Europe infused with a little bit of drama and a lot of laughs.