Friday, July 7, 2017

[Review: I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski]

"I See London, I See France"
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Series: I See London, I See France #1
Pages: 336
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Travel
Date Published: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format Read: eARC provided by publisher (via Edelweiss) for honest review


I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très 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 très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.

My Thoughts:

Okay, this is the perfect summer read. It's fluffy as you can get, but it's also deals with some tough issues. I feel like the best fluffy summer reads always deal with more than just a hot romance. That being said, I See London, I See France also delivers in the romance category. So much so that I'd almost argue that it's more of a New Adult title than a YA one. That being said I wouldn't change anything about this book.

It's fun to see Sydney break away from her family. She's been looking out for her mom since her dad left them, and it's not an easy job. Her mom can't even leave the house, and so Syd and her little sister have been tied down to one place for as long as they can remember. I love that it takes a trip to Europe for everyone to find their own footing in Sydney's family. And the family dynamics makes the story seem a bit more real.

The main story is a bit silly and predictable. Two girls go to Europe and the cheating ex shows up with a hot friend. It's simplistic, but in being simple you actually get a feel for some of the foreign places the girls see. I like that in a travel themed book. Sure, the books a bit goofy, but weird, goofy things happen when you're out traveling the world. 

All in all I enjoyed this book a lot. If you're looking to get away this summer, pick I See London, I See France up!

  4 Unicorns = Close to perfect!

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