Title: I see London, I see France
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: NA contemporary
Status: Book 1 in the I see London, I see France series
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.
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.
This book sounded so good! I had so many expectations! THEY ALL GOT CRUSHED INTO MINUSCULE PIECES.
What I expected:
- Really nice book about travel, romance, finally going out into the world.
- A nice not-too-heavy read.
- Simply okay characters, maybe? Nice, well-developed ones would be nice.
- It’s been labelled YA so hardly any mentions of sex and new adult stuff.
- An adorable romance that follows you through cities.
What I got:
- Nice descriptions about the cities and very cool touristy stuff.
- A story that made me want to crush something.
- Characters that made me want to yell at them at EVERY TURN.
- There were sex shows! Also alcohol and drug use!! And some other stuff!!! HOW IS THIS YOUNG ADULT??
- The couple playing hooky. I mean, the romance was kind of okay? But it did not make up for all their stupid decisions and actions.
We have Sydney, who for the first time EVER goes away from home. She’s been taking care of her mother who has Agoraphobia and has basically been the responsible adult of the family. When Leela’s boyfriend cheats on her a little before their planned tour of Europe, she convinces Sydney to go with her.
Of course, Leela’s ex Matt ends up coming on the trip as well, along with his hot friend Jackson. Jackson is the hot guy who sleeps with every girl he can during college and has no real relationships.
THROUGHOUT the book, Leela was the WORST. COMPANY. EVER. She kept moaning about Matt, posted pictures of where they were, hoping Matt would stalk her and try to win her back, did absolutely NONE of the planning and left Sydney to do everything. Honey, you’re in EUROPE. GO OUT AND HAVE FUN. But no.
Sydney goes along with her and takes care of everything because Leela has always been there for her through the hard times. But that does not mean she’s the ultimate responsible and stepped-on character. She has her fair share of stupid decisions and actions.
Honestly, I just kept alternating between being irritated by Sydney and Leela.
Jackson was the ultimate cliche. I didn’t really like him. But then, who did I really like in the book?* In the beginning of the book we see that he was checking out a book in a bookstore and I thought he might be a book lover but we NEVER see that side of him later. He isn’t. But why was that lead on given in the beginning? And Matt was.. just there. I didn’t care for him.
Oh and the ending. Wow.
Don’t even get me started on the ending. I’m not going to talk about it because spoilers. But let me say this, after going through all of that, I didn’t even get a satisfying ending. No sir. Nothing.
The only thing I liked in the book was the touristy stuff. Pretty much it, yeah.
Skip this book. I don’t recommend it. I had recommended it to a friend before reading it, and she started reading it. All I want to do right now is tell her to stop reading it and spend that time reading a better story.
Have you read this book? What did you thunk of it? Or is this on your TBR? Which books have you read that you expected you’d like, but ended up disliking? Have you been as irritated as me with the characters in any book?