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ARC Review: I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Summary

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 Timesbestselling 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.

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Review

My rating: black4

I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Hi, everybody! I’m back with another review, this one being on I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski. Now, I’ve read a few books by this author and liked all of them! So when I saw for the blurb for this one, I was thrilled! Luckily, this book didn’t disappoint! 😉

What I really liked was the traveling and the adventure of it all. It’s probably because I’ve always wanted to go traveling to other places, but have hardly left my home city… But I loved seeing what each city had to offer as well as what Sydney and Leela did there. And even when they went to seemingly random places, there was some sort of purpose to it. Except Belgium. Other than the fact that it’s a quick getaway, I feel like that could have been skipped and it wouldn’t have affected the novel’s trajectory at all. Plus, all the traveling around kind of made the romance in the book sweeter (problematic but sweeter)! The only downfall to the focus on traveling is that there is less focus on Sydney’s home life, which is granted. I only wish there was much more of a closed ending regarding Sydney and her family…

Then there were the characters, I thought that they were pretty realistic. They didn’t hide the fact that they were humans and made mistakes or did things that wouldn’t have been in the best interest of the trip and each other. With that being said, I still didn’t like Leela, Sydney’s best friend, until about more than halfway into the book. I empathized with her, but at times, I was in total agreement with Sydney in hoping Leela wouldn’t dedicate their vacation to moping around a lot. But once I warmed up to her, I could see why she and Sydney were friends. As for Sydney, I really liked her overall. She was the character I was able to relate to the most, maybe because I could see where she was coming from since it was her POV. t. I admired that she was trying to do the best she could for everyone, even when it did come back to haunt her.

Overall, I liked I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski, although there were a few things that irked me. I would recommend this book for people who like to read about travelling! Well, that’s all I have to say about this book for now! If you have any thoughts or questions though, I’d be happy to hear about them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

#ARCstravaganza: I See London, I See France

Hi, everyone! I’m back with another #ARCstravaganza, hosted by the lovely ladies at YA and Wine. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, here’s how it works:

#ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme hosted by YA and Wine to give book bloggers/bookstagrammers a chance to show off their ARCs/eARCs that they are most excited about! Remember to comment on their weekly posts with a link to your own #ARCstravaganza blog post, or post a picture on Instagram using the #ARCstravaganza hashtag, and you will be entered to win an ARC copy of an upcoming YA novel! One winner will be chosen at random each month.

Ironically, I’m actually reading an ARC at the moment, which I’m kind of excited about. It’s called I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski. As soon as I heard that Sarah Mlynowski was writing this book, I knew I couldn’t wait to read it! It’s got a lot of things I like, such as friendships and traveling! So far it’s good, with a few bumps here and there.

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Summary

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 Timesbestselling 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.

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What ARCs are you all excited for? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day, everyone. 😉

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 5

Good evening! Well, it’s Which Cover Wednesday again! For those of you who do not know, Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host. What happens is that I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which wore its’ cover better. Feel free to give your opinion of these covers as well! Here are today’s contenders:

1.Switched by Amanda Hocking

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This one’s an easy choice: the first cover. Not only does it have the protagonist front and centre (well, almost front and centre), it has a wonderful background, including a castle, some lovely flowers and nice font art. Also, the second cover doesn’t seem to relate to the story’s content.

2. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (English and Italian)

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Again, first cover! As a cover, the Italian one looks great and really Gothic. The problem is that I don’t remember any angels in the novel, Strange Angels (weird right?). I think it’s actually a reference to a vampire’s appearance in the novel: beautiful as an angel. Plus, the first cover looks grungy, which is a better match for the novel.

3. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (English and German)

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This time, my cover love goes to the second cover! The German cover takes in the fact that the book has to do with comics and overall nerdiness. If you look closely, you can see the comic pattern in the background.

4. Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot

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For this book, I’m going with the second cover. It’s not that I hate the first cover. It’s just that I like that there are two figures, representing Nicola and her love interest, on the second cover and not one. With that, the book seems to be more romantic than childish.

5. Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski

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I end this Which Cover Wednesday by choosing the first cover of Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have). To be honest, this particular choice was a hard one for me to make. This is because both covers appear generic enough to apply to most Contemporary YA novels. At least to me they do. I went  with the first one because I liked it better than the second one, which seemed to have less effort involved in its making.

What do you think of this week’s covers? Are they all awesome or are some more awesome than others? If you have any thoughts you’d like to share, or any suggestions for next week’s Which Cover Wednesday, please leave them in the comments section below! Take care and keep reading!

-Sumaya

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