Review: I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1) by Sarah Mlynowski

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
(I See London, I See France #1)
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published July 11th, 2017 by HarperTeen
My rating:

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.

 My thoughts…

Sydney has just finished her freshman year of college in Maryland and her best friend, Leela, has spent her first year of college in Montreal. The two have always dreamed of going to Europe together, unfortunately Sidney’s mom suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia. Sydney lives at home, along with her younger sister and spends most of her time taking care of her mom. When Leela's boyfriend Matt cheats on her, Leela's plans to go to Europe are ruined, unless she can convince Sydney to go with her in place of Matt. Imagine their surprise when Matt shows up on the same flight, bringing along with his hot player friend Jackson.

I don't know what to say about this book, it just wasn’t for me, maybe I’m too old for this. None of the characters were interesting and after a while I didn’t really care for Sydney, Leela, Matt or Jackson. The friendship between Sydney and Leela was toxic, Sydney spends most of the book trying to please Leela, who treats her badly and complains constantly.

Basically, it’s about two girls traveling around Europe, and after a while that became boring and I found myself skipping. There isn’t really a romance between Sydney and Jackson, just sex. This is listed as Young Adult, but I would not let my young teenager read it, there is drug use, drinking, and sex, a very descriptive sex show scene that takes place in Amsterdam.

Overall, I was disappointed in this book and I will not be reading book two in this series.  -J


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