I See London, I See France

I See London, I See France

by Sarah Mlynowski

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Overview

"This endlessly fun and hugely entertaining romp through Europe had me laughing out loud and reaching for my passport.” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall

A POPSUGAR Best Young Adult Novel of 2017!

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and a half weeks travelling 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 Times bestselling 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062397072
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 204,772
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah Mlynowski is the bestselling author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have); I See London, I See France; Don’t Even Think About It; Think Twice; Milkrun; Fishbowl; Bras & Broomsticks; the Whatever After series; and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and optioned to Hollywood. Sarah was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City. Visit her at www.sarahm.com and find her everywhere @sarahmlynowski.

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I See London, I See France 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and laugh-out-loud funny novel with the world's best relationship blooming as the guy and the girl travel across Europe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!
alyssayuri 13 days ago
Sydney is so excited to go and travel Europe with her friend, Leela. But when Leela's ex-boyfriend is also in the same plane, Sydney thinks this trip would result to some kind of disaster. Worse thing is that Leela's ex brought a very hot guy with him. This trip will definitely be more exciting. I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and it is one of the longest audiobook I listened. I'm not complaining, more like an observation. I guess this is my first impression of this book. Also, this is Popsugar's best YA novel for 2017, but I do notice that it doesn't have the best ratings. But I still decided to dive in, and I have no idea why a lot of people weren't fond of it. Anyway, this book is quite interesting. It definitely felt more like a long travelling story. But it definitely tells more. Fair warning though, the main character in nineteen years old, so there are some themes in this book that are definitely for older teens. Like I said, it feels more like a travelling story. I like the destinations that were touched in this book, and I learned new things about the countries too. I also thought that the book made feel my inner wanderlust. So the first destination is London, but it was already half way the book. And they still had so much more places to travel. I just thought that the first destination was overly touched that some of the destinations weren't given as much attention. As for the characters, I love that you kind of grow with them. The character growth was well written, especially for Sydney. It has a feeling of transitioning to a grown young woman. I also like the people the meet along the way. The love story was kinda nice too. I like that they had chemistry and the deep conversations were swoony, but the love interest was kinda lacking. I see why this was a best YA book by a teen magazine, and I do like it. I thought it was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical book. Really expected more. Disappointed.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
I feel like this is one of those books that you super enjoy when you're reading, but it's not going to have a super lasting impact. I thought it had some super fun moments, and it's honestly a great fantastic summer read. However, it did have its issues. I'm a sucker for any travel books, and a travel book in Europe? Mandy is picking this book up faster than you can name five European countries. Alas, they didn't include some of the ones I've been to even though I was promised one in the inside of the book cover, but if you're looking for a super cool YA/NA travel book, this is totally it. It gives just enough of the travel aspect while also handling the contemporary journey. I would have liked to see a little bit more details on certain places (like, I felt we got none of the details of the Greece part and Venice seemed to go too quickly), but I thought the author did a wonderful job with it overall. I got super swept up in it all, and I'm dying to go on my own travel adventure now. I really liked our narrator, Sydney. She was cool. I liked her vibe, and I felt for her and totally got her. I enjoyed her voice, and I liked being in her head. She really cared so much for her friends and family and Jackson, and I totally got that. I also totally felt her pain with her friendship with Leela, since I've totally been in that spot as well, so I totally got why she did why she did. As for the side characters? I liked Jackson for the most part, but there were some things I really didn't get with him. He didn't seem to get Sydney's issues with why she couldn't do certain things and it rubbed me off a few times. But I really did like him for the most part. I liked Kat. She was cool. The rest of the characters were okay. I liked the traveling gang. Leela, though? Whole different story. I felt like she never got accountability in this story. There were times I thought I liked her and got her, but most of the time, I was super annoyed by her. She was incredibly selfish, and I thought Sydney definitely deserved better. I felt like at the end, Sydney definitely gave her WAY too much of a pass. I was not a fan. Also, I thought perhaps there would be a bit more focus on female friendships? I had gotten that vibe from the summary, but I was really disappointed that there was no strong female friendship focus. They kind of seemed like they were always ditching each other for something else and pushing each other to be focused on a guy. I needed a spreadsheet to keep track of all the love interests. However, this was a very sex-positive book, so while I'm happy for that, I feel like we could have done a lot more focusing on the potential epic girl trio of Leela, Kat, and Sydney instead of the ton of guys popping in. However, I just wanted a lot more focus on the female strength and female relationships, and I feel quite a bit jipped. I want to say that I've read a Mlynowski book before, but I am quite a bit inclined to pick up another one. Her writing was nice and easy and super breezy. I mean, I eagerly wanted to get back to this book each time that I was away. She created a book that was just so easy to read, and I was so down for it. The ship was adorable as well. I was really down for it and super in deep with the feels. I just wanted to smush them together super hard. Overall, this was a nice easy summer read, and I'm now ready to whip out my travelbooks and start picking out a new journey for myself. This book just left me feeling good, and
Jill Jemmett More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! It was so much fun! I loved reading about the places they traveled in Europe. I could picture some places so well from my own vacations, like King’s Cross Station in London or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Since these places were so well represented, I’m sure the other cities and landmarks were described accurately. Within the narrative, there were lines from the travel book that Sydney was reading, followed by her comments on them. These lines were so funny. Her take on these cities and the things that really happen, such as having a plate broken over your head in Corfu, were hilarious! Sydney and Jackson were so cute! I was rooting for them from the beginning! Even though Leela thought he was trouble, I hoped that he would have some redeeming qualities. The dynamic of Sydney, Leela, and Kat was also accurately depicted. Usually, a group of three friends doesn’t work, because someone feels left out. Since Leela and Kat know Sydney from different places and times in her life, I wasn’t surprised that they had a rocky start. I loved this book! It’s the perfect summer vacation story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very fun light read! Definitely worth a read!
SkyGreene More than 1 year ago
Cute story and a quick read! It makes me wish I had traveled through Europe after college. I liked the relationship between Sydney and Leela and that their friendship hit some rough patches during their adventures. This is listed as a YA book, but I wouldn't want my 14 year old niece reading it; there was some mature content that I felt is only for the 17+ reader.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
1.5 stars? I don't know what to say about this book. I feel like what I read was not the same book from the synopsis. Sydney was a decent enough MC. I struggled with {okay, straight up hated} her BFF Leela. Their dynamic was toxic and though I could get over a bit of lingering resentment, I got tired of reading Leela do whatever she wanted and Sydney just taking it. The travel portion of the book was good. I did feel like I had actually gone on parts of this trip. It definitely didn't read like a YA, more like NA lite. There was drug use and drinking and a sex show. Everything was about what boys they were going to hook up with. {For the record, I don't have an issue with any of those things. I just wasn't expecting them to be such a focal point.} The mental illness aspect felt like an afterthought most of the time. Like Sydney used her mom and sister as a reason to get away from Leela or things she didn't want to do. Overall, I liked the travel and the idea of this story, but I couldn't root for any of the characters and didn't care what happened to them. Perhaps I'm just not the demographic for this and that's why I didn't enjoy it. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**