Genre: Traveling, Romance, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: July 11th 2017
Publisher: by HarperTeen
Pages: 336 pages ( Hardbackback)
My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars.
The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.
I see London, I see France is the first book in a supposedly up coming series. Its about a girl named Sydney and her friend backpacking through Europe while she still tries to monitor her agoraphobic mother’s mental health via text.But the fun doesn’t stop their their trip is crashed when they find out that her friend Leela ex boyfriend, Matt is on the same plane with his tre hot friend Jackson, accompanying him. And well they keep running into each other at different point of the story.
I read this books in one go! Although this is deemed as a Ya story it definitely was NA material for me. Even the cover looks super early teenage years stories type. Anyway the protagonists in the story are 19 year old college student set loose in Europe. It has drinking, pot, sex, nude beaches and a sex show in Amsterdam. All of these things were a little too on the NA side for me and mature content and it wasn’t the breezy cute ya novel i think it was gonna be.
At the beginning of their travel of each new city they too their is a basic description of what that city is known for, tips and tidbits. Which make things a little interesting and i liked that part.
They are there for 4 and half weeks and they go through quite a lot of cities. Sydney is okay as a character but i found her a bit contradicting. At one point she is shown to be way too careful and parental like taking care of her mother and doing all the house chore and tasks, at another point she is way to okay with doing raunchy or like wild party stuff. I didn’t get her? Also she really needs to grow a backbone ugh. Leela, Sydney’s best friend was very annoying through out the story and a bit too selfish. An acts like everything is about her and her will should be followed But in the end she did manage to redeem herself. The romantic interests Matt and Jackson interested me at first but by the end i didn’t really care for them. Sydney’s romantic story was, i don’t think well evolved and it just ended way to abruptly for me. And i like nothing much happened in between them to be fall in love or like to it be the bases of them being together in the long run. The relationships in this book had a lot of unnecessary drama and cheating involved and nobody cared and kept on getting back together i have no idea why?????!!!!
I really enjoyed the aspects of traveling and backpacking in this story. And living at different places at different time and experiencing new food and people. Because i really want to travel someday but even that was enough or fulfilling in this book
Overall the story is pretty meh tbh. The main characters are annoying, childish and frustrating. Their is no sense of monogamy or sincerity. The traveling bit is like okayish. It’s like a Na novel with a lot of r- rated things. I didn’t enjoy reading it much.