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Can an insecure American woman find happiness with a sexy Parisian waiter---even if she doesn't like the French?Laura has spent most of her adult life avoiding serious relationships, flitting around the world, and keeping her romantic expectations comfortably low. The last thing she wants is to have her globe-trotting ways curtailed by a messy emotional entanglement. As faCan an insecure American woman find happiness with a sexy Parisian waiter---even if she doesn't like the French?Laura has spent most of her adult life avoiding serious relationships, flitting around the world, and keeping her romantic expectations comfortably low. The last thing she wants is to have her globe-trotting ways curtailed by a messy emotional entanglement. As far as she's concerned, chocolate is just as satisfying as true love--and a lot less complicated.So how, in the name of all that is romantic, has she managed to get involved with a dangerously charming Frenchman named Sébastien? And only weeks before she's scheduled to leave Paris for good?Everyone knows that Frenchmen are chain-smoking, manic-depressive, faithless, male chauvinistic, perfectionist snobs. What's worse, they live in France.The cultural differences alone are enough to kill any relationship, even if Laura wanted one. She's from small-town Georgia. He's a sophisticated Parisian. They go together like grits and escargot.But Sébastien isn't just any Frenchman. He's a gorgeous, sweet, sexy, graphic artist who seems to find Laura adorable for reasons she can't begin to comprehend. As the days slip by, she's finding it harder and harder to say adieu.Unless she comes to her senses soon, she could end up ruining her life with a beautiful romance. . . ....

Title : Blame It on Paris
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ISBN : 9780765315083
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Blame It on Paris Reviews

  • Katie
    2018-12-07 11:21

    I liked this a lot! Certainly don't go into expecting a Chocolate book, but I rec it. And I like real life love stories. It's nice to know people really do fall in love outside of fiction!Though, really, I told Grace that Sébastien could practically be a Chocolate hero and that's one of my few complaints about the book. I wish we'd seen more of his flaws. (Presumably he has some! :D) My other main complaint is that I didn't get enough about them falling in love. It felt like it jumped from just getting together to making all these life changes for each other. And I wanted more of how they got to that place!But ohhh. The family stuff was so great. That's nice to read, too.

  • Joanne
    2018-11-25 07:08

    I really liked this, though I still can't tell if it's supposed to be fiction or nonfiction. There are parts which are so incredibly detailed that I can't imagine they are fiction, and the author has the same name as the title character, but it's listed as "fiction" in the front material. It kind of bugged me: pick a genre!Otherwise I enjoyed this cross-cultural love story about a girl who goes on study abroad to France and falls for a man there just as she is getting ready to move on to the next gig at Oxford. She decides to toss her graduate degree for love. Comic transnational romance ensues. Where should they live? Where should they marry? I enjoyed the second part of the book more, where their families visit each other (e.g., the French are horrified that they can't get alcohol on Sundays in Alabama). It was sort of like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but with French and Southerners. Learned a little about government bureaucracy in cross-national work and marriage. I see she has another book coming out soon - will definitely pick that up.

  • Renee
    2018-11-14 09:23

    I had very high expectations for this book. After all, much of it takes place in Paris, and I do have a mild obsession (if indeed it is possible to have a mild obsession) with anything to do with Paris. Furthermore, it was blurbed by Joshilyn Jackson, who I think is one of the best and most underappreciated writers in America today. I had hoped it would be a comedy of errors a la Diane Johnson but non-fiction, or a humorous meditation on being an American in a strange land in the manner of Bill Bryson.Um, no. It was amusing enough, I suppose, but I found the author's attitude throughout the book really stubborn and tiresome. I realize that it's the love story with Sebastien that's the center of the story here and not her adoration of France and the French, but she has a tendency to come off as culturally superior. And annoying. And childish.I did like the depiction of the French family life - it was interesting to read about Sebastien's family's traditions and relationships. But overall it really wasn't what I was expecting.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-10 10:17

    The third wedding had me laughing so hard I wanted to pee my pants. Seriously. There were parts of the French I didn't have a clue about but I doggedly tried to see it in my mind. Funny I didn't realize this book was a memoir (or related the author/character's name) until I read the acknowledgements at the end of the book! Crazy.

  • steph
    2018-11-21 05:16

    I really liked this. I have read some of her "Chocolate" series books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed them so when I saw this book on the shelf one day when I was visiting the fiction section of the downtown library, I immediately checked it out.I did not realize until I was about a quarter of the way through and looked it up on her website, but this is actually the author's memoir of how she met her French husband. I am not sure why it is under "Fiction" though, I am assuming that this book is 60% altered and 40% real in regards to their relationship but I loved it. Especially towards the end with the two different sides of families and all the crazy wedding(s) planning. It made me laugh more than once and reminded me that love is something that can transcend cultures. Really well done. I like the Chocolate series because those books are pretty damn hot (seriously. I am not even joking) but I think I like this book more because it feels more real and true to life (which duh, based on the author's real life romance) and I found myself rooting for both Laura and Sebastian about halfway through and never stopped. Add in all their crazy family members (because they both do) and it is a recipe for enjoyment. Very glad I picked this up.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-22 04:04

    A truly delightful memoir of one of my favorite authors, Laura Florand. I laughed, I cried, and cringed at some of the more awkward moments. This is why I keep going back for more of Laura Florand's magical chocolate fantasies with steamy, hunky men. My favorite quote from the book is during the author's third wedding led by an aging priest. Can you believe she had a total of 4 weddings? How truly romantic!!"Love is patient, St. Paul tells us. 'Love is kind.' So no matter how much your wife deserves a beating from time to time, young Sebastien, you should try to be generous and restrain yourself."

  • Lynn
    2018-11-29 08:17

    I very much enjoyed all of Laura Florand's Chocolate series books and so was excited to read her memoir of living and loving in Paris. This book does not disappoint. Laura lives a life of high drama, humor, and romance that reads like fiction but is even better because it really happened. I keep going back and reading lines such as “Some people might have thought all was said on the subject, but little did they understand my powers of repetition”(p 254). Such a girl after my own heart! This is a great read for romance, travel, and just plan fun.

  • May
    2018-12-11 04:17

    Laura's story is mine in reverse: she's an American from Georgia who went to study in Paris where she met her French husband. Also, she's a Professor in French literature and her husband is a Graphic Designer (well, in my case, it's my son who's the Graphic Designer, but still...). Her perspective on the two cultures is invaluable, and her book's lots of fun. I gave it to friends with a foot in both cultures. I also wrote to her and she just had a baby...

  • Melissa
    2018-11-23 06:13

    My favorite book of 2008! Florand tells the true story of how she met and married a charming Frenchman named Sebastien. Her voice is vivid and I just flat-out *liked* her. Not to mention, the book is laugh-out-loud hilarious. It brilliantly shows her adjustment to French culture as well as Sebastien's somewhat rougher adjustment to the culture of rural Georgia. The characters are a scream; I particularly enjoyed the crabby French priest.

  • Suzie Quint
    2018-12-05 11:04

    A delightful memoir that reads a bit like a rom-com. Her four weddings (all to the same man) are funny as hell.

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-06 11:23

    *4.5 stars*Laura Florand has been one of my very favorite authors ever since I first discovered her Amour et Chocolat series of contemporary romances set in Parisian chocolateries. (Really, could there be anything more designed to appeal to me?) I've devoured all of her fiction over the years, but I've only now read Blame it on Paris, her first-ever book, published years ago. It's a nonfiction memoir about living in Paris for a year in her 20s and getting together with the (French) love of her life just a month before she was supposed to leave the country (already having had a whole plan for her life which included a PhD program in America and never coming back to France again)...which resulted in a LOT of cross-cultural miscommunication, international family melding, agonizing life choices and even more agonizing bureaucracy in both countries...AND a lot of absolute hilarity and love, overwhelming all the rest.Since I spent multiple years living in Vienna in my 20s (NOT Paris, but still, the experience of being an American student living in a continental European city with a foreign language has some real commonalities!), and ended up marrying a Brit and eventually moving to the UK, with dual-nationality kids, this book resonated a LOT for me on a personal level, to say the least! Her writing is gorgeous, as in all of her books, and ohhhh, the descriptions of Paris (both the good and the bad!) were so vivid! They made me feel as if I was there and made me want to visit even more than I already have. The pacing is fabulous, almost the entire book was a total joy, the ending was just WONDERFUL, and after I finished, I let out a blissful good-book sigh and patted the cover. I will definitely be re-reading it many times! It was just the right comfort read for me.The only thing I struggled with as a reader was the opening chapter or two. She's very upfront about just how miserable she was when she first lived in Paris, for natural reasons - feeling like a total outsider, being treated as culturally inferior, getting sexually harassed on the street, and not having many French friends to show her the positive sides of Parisian life. In self-defence at the time, she ended up developing a lot of very hostile generalizations about the French in general - which can be difficult to read in those first few chapters. The rest of the book shows her process of growing up, actually getting to know and be included in French culture, and realizing just how wrong all of her initial stereotypes were. However, none of that later change is really mentioned or even strongly hinted at in the opening of the book, so I found it a bit of a struggle to get through the first chapter or two as younger-Laura said some really obnoxious things about French people in general (all of which she explicitly regrets and disavows later in the book), and I can imagine some readers giving up at that point, which would be a real shame. Personally, I kept on reading because I know older-Laura and had faith that those opinions would not remain true for her, but for people who don't have that personal advantage, I think some more explicit framing in the opening - to show any startled readers that that is NOT what she thinks of the French now at all! - would probably have been a good idea.Even those first few chapters, though, are still filled with sparkly writing, a strong sense of humor and vivid and gorgeous descriptions, and the rest of the book is just flat-out, undiluted joy. I kept on reading funny bits out loud to Patrick because they were too good not to share! I think anyone could enjoy the book regardless of personal experience, but in particular, for anyone who's ever had to deal with the bureaucratic implications of a dual-nationality marriage and melding families across cultures, there is SO MUCH extra humor and resonance to enjoy!I will definitely, definitely be reading it again. It was the perfect comfort read for this weekend.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-27 05:01

    I enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book, but the last 1/3 just dragged on. Reading about prepping for four weddings was just the same thing over and over. The main character can be neurotic and annoying. I just wanted to physically shake her that I found myself actually shaking my book at times in frustration. The only real good parts of this book was Sebastien and some of the descriptions of life in Paris. The main character was made to be so annoying with no real redeeming qualities, besides being "cute", that I have no idea how Sebastien would be attracted to her. This book was a total waste of hours that I will never get back. FYI, I very rarely ever not like a book. I can count them on one hand, so this was a real disappointment for me.

  • Jen
    2018-11-27 08:58

    Ever read a book that made you fall in love with the person who wrote it AND an entire culture that is not your own (and you never had any leanings toward previously)? Me either, until I read this book. I admit, I was sort of pre-disposed to love it for several reasons. First, the author, Laura Florand, has an obssession with chocolate that rivals EVEN MINE. My husband (and anyone who has ever met me, really) will tell you that this is a pretty tall order. BUT - and I am extraordinarily jealous of this - she has had the opportuntity to taste and buy the best chocolate the world over, while my chocolate tastings are limited to what is available to me in my limited and primarily US-based travels. Granted, we have a whole Lindt store here in Charlottesville, and in about a week's time I intend to hunt down a place in London called the CHOCOLATE HOTEL that is supposed to be a huge store filled with high-quality chocolate, but still. She's lived in France and been to Belgium and probably Switzerland too... It's just not fair. Anyway. That was a tangent. Second reason I was pre-disposed to love it is because it was highly recommended by my super-favorite author of all time ever ever ever (okay, who's still living, because as much as I love her, it's difficult for her to replace authors like, I don't know, SHAKESPEARE or something), Joshilyn Jackson. Boy, I sure can rant when I feel like it... And so, third reason is because she is from the South, and I am Southern, and I love the South (most of it, anyway - the bigotry and ignorance can take a hike) and love Southern stories and literature.And I have told you all of this without telling you at all what the book is about, but I'll try to give a brief summary now. Southern girl, who is afraid of commitment to anything but chocolate, goes to France to live for just a few months and somehow falls into a relationship with a FRENCH man, of all people. And terrifying, hilarious, crazy things ensue, including stories involving crane swinging and snail puking (the snails were puking, not the people eating them) and 18-foot alligators in the wild and FOUR weddings for the same 2 people. And it has a happy ending. And if that can't get you to read it, then you are hopeless and should just go bury your nose in some Herman Melville or something equally horrid for the rest of eternity. Did I mention I hate Melville, but I loved this book? And the author only lives about a 3.5 hour drive or so from me, so I can dream that maybe one day I'll actually get to meet her and eat her best chocolate torte ever... And she made me want to go to France, which I've never really cared about doing before, especially since I don't speak a lick of French and I hear the French, especially Parisians, are a little snooty about that sort of thing, but she STILL made me want to go. And that's possibly evil since I don't know when I might ever be able to go because we're poor and sad about being poor because it makes plane tickets and hotels in other countries too expensive for us.

  • Sereneblaze
    2018-12-04 05:04

    I'm trying to catch up on all of the things written by Mrs. Florand and finally found this book in my library.Laura is in Paris for a year work/school and she has a bit of a love/hate relationship with the city but while she's iffy on the city of lights she sure about one thing: don't get involved with French men. Everyone knows the stereotypes of the French and Laura doesn't find a whole lot to contradict them in her short time there. Then she sees this extremely gorgeous waiter in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant and despite "knowing" what she does about French men she can't help but coming week after week month after month to harbor her crush on the French waiter. Once Laura finally has the courage to instigate something more than a patron and server rapport with the server, whose name is Sebastian, the book delves into the two years of them becoming a couple and dealing with different views, cultures, immigration and family.Although my library had the book labeled fiction, it reads very much like a memoir and even according to the author it very much is. So those fans of Mrs. Florand usual writing styles, be prepared for that. I thought the overall story was good, true it did seem like it was getting tedious or that it dragged in some places but when it comes to the reality of relationships, different countries and culture it can often be that and so I didn't really think it was too terrible. I did think that the author was very harsh on her character a lot, to the point where I really wondered about her self esteem issues (view spoiler)[With issues like that it's easy to see why she wonders what Sebastian is with her but the fact that he sticks through everything she throws at him so be more than a hint of the depth of the love but I guess sometimes to hard to see things from so close (hide spoiler)]. The humor that is usually in her book was present here and by the time I was done with the book I was pretty happy with it despite all of ups and downs.Though this book might not be for everyone, I do recommend it to anyone who may be interested in the author's love life/relationship to Paris.

  • Nath
    2018-11-18 09:59

    4.5/5 (A-)Review: Oh man, I really liked this book! You basically follow Laura and Sébastien's realtionship, the good and the obstacles in a very humoristic way. I really liked the relationship - esp. since it's a real one- but to see the culture differences between Laura and Sébastien, as well as the two families was quite hilarious and entertaining.Characters - I have to admit that Laura sometimes annoyed me with her insecurities, but given this is a "real" story and not fiction, I can understand and sympathize with Laura's insecurities. Seriously, I'd have acted the same way :D Other than that, Laura really has a strong voice and her thinking pattern is quite unique, which provides lots of funny moments and many laughs. Since this is a first-person novel, this is Laura's story and so, it's harder to comment on Sébastien. I liked his personality and he can be very romantic at times... In addition, if he looks anything like on the cover, yummy. Laura sure is a lucky woman.In addition, both families were highly entertaining! It's funny how the dynamics of both families are different and the same at the same time. Both Laura and Sébastien are lucky people.Story & Writing - As I said, Laura has a very strong voice and shares her thoughts and feelings with the readers very well. Since the relationship spans on a few years, the pacing was very important and Ms. Florand did very well. Weeks and months passed rather quickly without the readers realizing; it didn't get stuck, it flowed well and this was very enjoyable. Also, it's quite nice to see that in real life, a couple doesn't fall in love and get engaged within a week :PThe Cover - It's a really nice cover; however, it'd had been more fun and realistic if the girl had chestnut hair instead :DAm I keeping this book? YES! This is a definite keeper.

  • Kate
    2018-11-22 04:06

    2.5 stars. And here is where I'm an asshole. If this book had been a fluffy contemporary romance, I'd have probably enjoyed it more. That said, as soon as I got to the characters' names and realized it was intended as a kind of memoir, I found everything a lot more difficult to handle. The lack of conflict and the generalized schmoopiness, which would have worked for me otherwise, suddenly seemed ridiculously saccharine. Every description of how hot Sebastien was felt kind of creepy. Every panic attack Laura had felt weirdly overwrought. And part of this is probably because god damn, Laura Florand, you are lucky as shit and I am jealous as hell.That said, this book definitely had the humor and the banter that I've come to identify with Laura Florand's writing, and I laughed out loud more than once. I loved all the scenes in Paris. I identified with all the things she thought about living there - I was only there a month and I had a couple of I miss the "normalcy" of home breakdowns, and I too know the restorative powers of being ready to take the first cab to CDG until you see the Eiffel Tower sparkling, seemingly just for you. The homesickness and the study abroad and the fish out of water part of this story was fun and relatable.I enjoyed reading this, I just wish she'd written characters loosely based on her own life and named them something totally different.

  • Bea
    2018-11-10 06:58

    No. Just no. I tried to love it, I really tried, but it just didn't work.I got this book from Book Sale - a bookstore in the Philippines which sells books (new and secondhand) at a very cheap price. I found this and decided to purchase it because the branch I was in was chaotic and I didn't want to go home empty handed. Besides, it only cost me Php85 - just about $2.I changed from 1 star to 2 stars because LAURA AND SEBASTIEN are real people... I have to hand it to them. :)When I first opened the book, I noticed it was VERY cramped with words. Well, at least the edition I got. Even the margins suffered which definitely turned me off because I was forced to really open the book down to the spine. I don't like my books hurt. Probably one of the reasons why I got bored with is because I've read far too many stories that are in Europe. Every time I read one, I get the same historic facts, the same visual descriptions, the same complaints and the same famous landmarks. This just entirely made me feel like reading a brochure thrown with a love story.The book was... i don't know. I don't even want to delve on it any further. It's a good thing it wasn't expensive, otherwise, I'd completely regret buying it.

  • Misti
    2018-12-04 12:04

    3.5 stars. I picked this book up withThe Chocolate Thief but I did not realize until after I started to read it that this is a memoir. It's written in a chic-lit style but is a memoir about how the author met her French husband and how they got married. Meeting and falling in love with a handsome foreigner sounds very romantic but after reading this, it's also a lot of work. The clash of cultures is funny and Sebastien's reaction to shrink wrapped cheese is priceless.This book isn't a romance, rather it is an anecdotal accounting of how these two people merged their cultures and family. My favorite parts were the ones with the different family members. There's just a real sense of love and laughter between them and I can't help but think of my own family and how happy and crazy we can be. Sometimes the author comes off as a hysterical female, but Sebastien just seems like a really nice guy. Knowing that he's a real person (and obviously not perfect) only makes him seem that much nicer. I'd be halfway in love with him myself if he weren't married. :) Highly enjoyable book that made me laugh out loud and be grateful for crazy families.

  • Shravya Reddy
    2018-12-01 08:18

    What makes this book even more interesting is the fact it's actually about a real life couple.Due to it being a memoir,it delves into a lot of details.With the exception of a few parts,it was able to hold my attention thoroughly.I really liked the relationship between Laura and Sebastian and the way it actually began(quiet cute and good chemistry too).And all the four weddings were a blast to read.I can't believe that those things really did happen.The families too,are a hoot.The way the author changes over the course of her journey in France(partly back in US too)and how she came to deal with her insecurities, and basically,the country of France itself was written well.The importance of family is the core of this book.Final Words:It is ironic that she ended up with a Frenchman when she had quiet a negative opinion of them.And where can I get a Sebastian? Maybe not all french guys are bad as we think they are...

  • Hazel
    2018-11-20 08:06

    There were some things I liked about this book, and others I didn't. For one thing I liked the crazy and funny antics of the families of Laura & Sebastian. That had me laughing a lot. I was kind of perplexed with Laura's attitude though. Is she really that insecure? She seemed kind of immature but I guess that's normal since she was only twenty something. Anyway this book is autobiographical I think. I don't know too much about the author. Though I did read The Chocolate Thief which I really loved. I will have to look up her bio to see if this book is really based on her life or not.Anyway, I have to give her credit for surviving so many weddings. I too wanted just a simple, small wedding and my husband was the one who wanted the big wedding in the church with reception and all that. So I know how Laura feels when it seems the weddings are going to fall apart any minute! I was tempted to throw my own dress out the window at times too! LOL.

  • MB (What she read)
    2018-11-23 04:07

    3.5 stars A fun look at what a happy ending involves when it comes to two very different cultures and countries. Who doesn't envy Laura a little?I think she should have sold her various weddings as features to magazines. A kind of My Big Fat Southern Wedding to a French lifestyle magazine, and a My Big Fat French Wedding to an American magazine. The pictures themselves would have sold it, not to mention the funny stories and larger-than-life relatives. Too bad, she could have recouped some of the costs. :-)For those of you expecting a chick lit style romance from the cover of this book, you'll get that but it is fairly low-key. Although marketed as a novel, this is really a memoir. Funny, and lively, but a memoir. The drama is in Florand's descriptions of her experiences.

  • Alison
    2018-12-09 09:25

    When I first started reading this book, I loved it. Fresh, funny, and fast-paced. Then about one-third of the way through, she succumbs to the guy's interest in her and agrees to marry him, and I said, "Whaaaa? This is chick-lit, that's supposed to be the end of the book." The rest of the story is their attempt to get married four times on two continents. There wasn't anything WRONG with it, but it didn't stand up to the first third. Also, no guy is as perfect as the love interest (who has the same name as the author's husband as well as the author and heroine's names being the same, and they met in Paris...hmmm, think this is autobigraphical? Maybe she HAD to make him perfect for the sake of their marriage.)

  • Cooper
    2018-11-17 12:21

    Fun little chick lit book. Made me want to whip out my passport, head to the airport and get on the first plan to Paris. Funny take on when an American woman studying abroad ends up falling in love with a Frenchman. Makes you laugh at the peculiarities of customs we take for granted -- we (Americans) have the sink in the bathroom with the toilet. The French, never! The sink and toilet are kept in separate rooms. And when they meet each others family, it was fun to see the South though the eyes of foreigners -- and the 'strange' things Americans do -- and vice versa for the French. They ended up having four weddings -- in order to accommodate family and the two governments. If you want a fun beach read, grab this book. A fun way to spend an afternoon.

  • Mina Khan
    2018-11-29 06:22

    OMG, I loved this! I picked it up thinking it was a fun romance novel, but discovered it's a memoir of the author's courtship & weddings. Since I myself had an intercultural romance that led to several weddings to the same guy on different continents, I totally got all the funny cross-cultural mis-communication, fears, and bureaucratic government dealings. I was laughing out loud as I read this. Miss Florand has a sharp wit which she uses to poke fun at her own Southern heritage and assumptions, as well as the foreign (to her) culture of France.I'm so going to check out her fiction next.P.s. The hero is so awesome. So glad she had the guts to land him :)

  • Tama
    2018-11-22 07:05

    Ok, as you can tell, I really like Paris stories. At least reading about it is one way to get back there. In this book, the main character was in Paris on a study abroad but really did not love (or even like) the city or the French. But then there was this waiter at a restaurant she could afford. She is pushed by her friends to leave him a note and what follows is not only their love story, but also how they fell in love with each others' families. The reader is with them as they navigate work, visas, and three weddings on two continents. You will come to know their families and the fun times they have. Come along and become one of the family.

  • Janet
    2018-11-25 10:27

    This book was a slow starter, with the author describing her trips to a certain restaurant repeatedly. I almost gave up, and I'm glad I didn't. As it turns out (and something I would have known had I paid closer attention to the back cover), this is an autobiography of sorts. Florand's humorous take on American attitudes about the French and vice versa begins stereotypically but evolves as the book progresses. It was a good "bath time read." If you are a reader who can plow through slow beginnings, read this book. The last two-thirds are worth your troubles.

  • Valerie
    2018-11-27 07:16

    I picked this up thinking it was fiction, so my reading of the entire book was colored by that assumption. Sadly, I didn't particularly like the character of Laura the protagonist. Only when I finished the book did I realize it's actually a memoir. With the knowledge that Laura is a real person and the author, I can revise my opinion of her some, and have respect for her willingness to expose less than perfect parts of her character. Still, the book never quite coalesced for me.

  • Chris
    2018-11-19 04:07

    I pulled this book off the library shelf because the cover looked like a "chick-lit" book. I was looking for something light and funny. Imagine my surprise to find out this was a true story. I really enjoyed reading it. I think some of the parts were too lengthy, but then I also think the writer was trying to impress how tough this whole situation really was. I learned a lot about French culture and am curious to try this chocolate she refers to many times.

  • Brandi
    2018-11-10 05:09

    Actually, I didn't finish this book. I cannot. I hate to write this but the book is not great. The story might be interesting but it is interrupted by insecure narrative. I understand that she was trying to be witty but I didn't find it such nor charming. The internal self-negative banter was distracting and annoying. If I read one more negative self-thought by the narrator I was going to throw the book away. I decided to simply put it down and leave it unfinished.

  • Beverly
    2018-12-03 11:15

    I am enjoying this book. 1st, I love Paris and love to read about it. This is a semiautobiographical story of an intercontinental love story and It is light and an enjoyable way to pass some time. I am reading it on a Kendil and I am not sure yet that I like the format. I miss having a book in my hand, knowing page numbers and turning pages.