Title: I See London, I See France
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: July 11, 2017
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.
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!