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I See London, I See France

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I See London, I See France

I SEE LONDON, I SEE FRANCE is Sarah Mlynowski’s newly released novel following 19-year-old Sydney as she plans out a perfect summer in Europe with her best friend, Leela. She hopes for it to be a summer where she doesn’t have to worry about taking care of her agoraphobic mother for once and can finally let loose. All is going according to plan until Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend makes an appearance --- as well as his very attractive friend --- and on top of that, the struggle to keep track of her mother’s mental health through texts with her 16-year-old sister causes her trip to be much more than she bargained for.

"The romance was swoony, the friendships were heartwarming and the wanderlust had my mind sparkling with newfound motivation to explore."

Going into this book I expected a fluffy, light-hearted read full of exciting new adventures and love. While all of those expectations were met, I was also introduced to a storyline full of amazing characters, hilarious dialogue and a jam-packed adventure that I had no intention of putting down. I was hooked from page one and I never wanted the story to end! I’ve personally never been out of the country so I was not only excited to read about the beautiful aspects of Europe, but I was even informed of a few tips and tricks of traveling the continent along the way.

My favorite part of this novel had to be the characters. At first Sydney and Leela were just a traveling duo but as the novel progressed they made new friends from all over the world. It was exciting to imagine all of the different accents in the group but best of all was the characters’ chemistry together, which had me wanting so badly to be a part of the squad. There were so many different personality types which made for entertaining interactions everywhere they went.

I don’t think I would change a thing about this novel since, personally, I couldn’t get enough of it. The romance was swoony, the friendships were heartwarming and the wanderlust had my mind sparkling with newfound motivation to explore. It’s rare for me to feel that way since normally when I pick up young adult traveling books I feel as though I see the same things happening in each country the characters visit. In I SEE LONDON, I SEE FRANCE, however, everything felt refreshing and original. I learned so much about Europe and now I can’t wait to put my new knowledge to the test (I definitely know that I’d be prepared).

In my opinion, this book is the love child of Morgan Matson and Stephanie Perkin’s books, so if you’re into those novels I have no doubt you will adore this read. The entirety of the story will have you laughing, smiling and truly feeling like you are backpacking through Europe with your closest friends, having an adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

Reviewed by Taylor F., Teen Board Member. on July 28, 2017

I See London, I See France
by Sarah Mlynowski