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Romancing the Dark in the City of Light
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Romancing the Dark in the City of Light

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by Ann Jacobus
 

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ISBN-10: 1250064430

ISBN-13: 9781250064431

Pub. Date: 10/06/2015

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.

Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on the right track or she

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Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.

Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on the right track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can't shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth.

When Summer's behavior manage to alienate everyone, even Moony, she's forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living. With an ending that'll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Ann Jacobus' Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250064431
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/06/2015
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
877,203
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Romancing the Dark in the City of Light 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Best-of-YA More than 1 year ago
For more reviews head to: http://best-of-ya.blogspot.com/ After getting kicked out of her fourth boarding school, Summer Barnes moves to Paris to finish off her second senior year of high school. She has until the age of 22 to graduate from a four-year university or she risks losing a hefty inheritance—which seems easier said than done at this point. She’s felt lost and alone since the sudden death of her father five years earlier and believes that all her problems will go away if she just meets the right guy. Lucky for her, she catches the eye of two; one challenges her and helps her rediscover life’s beauty, while the other leads her down a path of self-destruction. When her damaging behavior manages to alienate everyone, she has to decide if she wants to continue down this road or if her life is worth living and fighting for. As the title sort of suggests this deals with some dark topics including addiction, depression, and suicide. It is not an easy read so be aware of that if these are things you are not comfortable with or find triggering. As someone who also battled depression at the age of 18, I completely identified with Summer. It was easy to be sympathetic towards her despite how frustrating she was at times because I know what it feels like to be in her shoes. She may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I thought she was very real and appreciated her straight forward voice. Moony was a great character as well. I can't even image how he has such an optimistic take on life after everything he's been through. I think he and Summer meet just when she needs him most. Kurt on the other had is the complete opposite and encourages her down an even more dangerous path than she is already on. They definitely did not have your average love triangle; it was more of a light vs. dark tug of war that was a lot different than I had expected from how it's written on the cover. I figured out the twist pretty early on but it was still interesting to see that aspect of the plot unravel. I don’t want to say much because I don’t want to give it away, but I thought it was an intriguing take on inner demons and the mental battle that is depression. Overall, I think this is a great read and I wish there were some others out there like it because depression and mental illness is still something that is not talked about enough. (3.5 Stars)
mfu11 More than 1 year ago
The terms of Summer’s inheritance means she must work hard to get her grades and graduate by the time she’s twenty-two. But Summer’s determination soon starts to slip as she faces numerous difficulties with her family, her past, and the idea of her future. Enter Moony and Kurt – both have a hold over Summer, but which is stronger? Summer’s story is honest and to the point. Her struggles are laid bare for the reader. It’s not a particularly comfortable read, though certainly gripping, and is unlike anything I’ve read before. There’s a constant darkness lingering, surrounding everywhere Summer goes and the people she connects with. But as the story went on, and certain things began to make sense, I realised how truly cleverly and effectively this was written. There’s little more to say without the risk of spoiling, but this definitely had that extra something. The title fits perfectly and I really enjoyed the setting.