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I just finished I See London, I See France by Sara Mlynowski, a book I was meant to read last year and actually did start but ended up abandoning when my school trip to Italy was cancelled. The wounds were too raw.
But I did it, I read it, I really enjoyed and I wanna talk about it … but I’ve got a lot going on at the minute and genuinly couldn’t be bothered to formulate a proper review so instead I collected and documented my main thoughts from my time reading this book, and am going to share them with you today :))
1- As a native English person, born and raised in the North East ( … well for the first ten years anyways) I would like to say that Ketchup with Fish & Chips is a must. If it’s not ketchup than with mushy peas or curry sauce! But for all you tourists heading to the UK, don’t force yourself to eat it with salt & vinegar.
2- Am I this cringe when I’m playing tourist?? Like I’m just directionally challenged, I took a different way home from school a couple years back and got lost in my small town I’ve lived in for years. It also took me months to get used to my supermarkets new layout. What I’m saying is that I’m the tourist who walks around aimlessly with my google maps app trying to tell me where I’m going. Am I cringe?(I feel like I know the answer to this).
3- I want more YA books with older teens in college solely for more sex talk and them harmlessly smoking pot in Amsterdam. It was so enjoyable to read a more mature YA book and I need more with these similar vibes.
4- I’m enjoying this so much I gonna try and finish the last half tonight … and I did ✌ It’s currently 1:30 am and I’m very glad I did finish what I had left because it made me very happy.
5- On one hand I understand Leela’s pain. On the other hand, if that was my friend, I’d push her into one of the many canals they encountered on their trip. But again this was good, it made for an interesting plot point to read about.
6- My dad’s a European lorry driver and says there’s not actually many waffle places in Belgium … has he been lying yo me this entire time?? (probably tbh).
7- I wanna meet Australian friends in Switzerland that take me to do extreme sports activities with them 😭 In all honestly I’d be too awkward to interact with people but I’d like to think that, if I had the balls to travel across an entire continent, I’d be capable of socialising with other people but who knows.
8- Jackson 😍 I ship him and Sydney so hard. I was on the fence at first but the two of them in Amsterdam and from that point on became my everything. My standards in men have risen and will never be met thanks to a fictional character who’s last name I can’t even remember despite literally just finishing the book.
9- I want to travel. Please. I just want to explore and take cute photos. Not only has this book left me with a new fictional crush but also a severe case of Wanderlust. Never mind Uni, send me on a gap year I can’t afford, please and thankyou.
10- I’m glad this isn’t a case of a lot of bad things happening for the sake of it. I enjoyed the travel, romance, childhood friendship growing pains, and the anxiety mentions without unnecessary complications.
So those were my fleeting thoughts as I read this novel. It’s not perfect but I had a lot of fun with this book and highly recommend it.
Like I touched on above, it was so fun to read about more mature characters harmlessly smoking and drinking and having sex. I felt like I was along for the ride on this trip through Europe and it’s got me so excited for the day that I can take a similar trip.
If you’re in the mood for living vicariously through fictional characters, especially in these still trying times when even leaving your own country is ten times more difficult, check this one out!!
If you’ve read this, I’d love to know what you thought. Thanks for reading :))