I See London, I See France

I See London, I See France

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"Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She's spending the next four and a half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend Leela. Their plans include Eiffel Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela's cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend's hot friend, monitoring her mother's spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug of war."--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062397072
0062397079
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Mlynowski
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 22 cm

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Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She's spending the next four and a half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend Leela. Their plans include Eiffel Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela... Read More »


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Needlz
May 14, 2019

I couldn’t stand this book. DNF @ 37%. Sydney’s best friend Leela is so insufferable. I quit this book because of her constant whining and bitching about her ex-boyfriend.

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goddessbeth
Jan 19, 2019

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.

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nellarosmarino
Mar 13, 2018

DNF.
I think it named dropped too much, was really boring, and I couldn't connect.

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skyjimenez
Dec 16, 2017

Cute story and a quick read! It makes me wish I had traveled through Europe after college. I liked the relationship between Sydney and Leela and that their friendship hit some rough patches during their adventures. This is listed as a YA book, but I wouldn't want my 14 year old niece reading it; there was some mature content that I felt is only for the 17+ reader.

ArapahoeSusan Jul 31, 2017

A fun summer escapade full of the pleasures and challenges of travel, friendship, and romance. Especially fun if you're thinking about a trip after graduation.

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skyjimenez
Dec 16, 2017

skyjimenez thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

ArapahoeSusan Jul 31, 2017

ArapahoeSusan thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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