Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
Publication Date | October 18th, 2016
ARC from the publisher
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If I was rating this book just on the short story Paris for One, it would easily be four stars. While I really enjoyed Nell’s story, I did find the synopsis to be a bit misleading. Nell doesn’t take the plunge and go on her mini-vacation alone. She heads to Paris assuming her boyfriend will be arriving shortly thereafter. He doesn’t show up, and through a series of events, she finds herself staying in Paris (as the title suggests,) alone. I found it really easy to identify with Nell’s character and the kind of insecurities that seem to plague a lot of us. I think my favorite part of the story (aside from the super sweet romance,) was how when we get out of our own way and away from everything familiar and actually take a chance, we can surprise ourselves. And when we can learn to see ourselves through someone else’s eyes, we can discover something new about ourselves. It seems like we’re so quick to step into the molds that we’ve made for ourselves and cater to those around us and only able to break them around complete strangers. I thought this book did a fantastic job representing that.
As for the other short stories in the book, I read another review that said it was almost as if the author was trying to sharpen her skills with a few quickies, and I would have to say I agree with that. Obviously nothing was fleshed out because these stories were so small, but in a lot of cases, the snippets we saw of these people’s lives were them at their worst, and it made it hard to enjoy them. I will say that there were some gems here, and there were one or two that were written in a way that was so raw it was reminiscent of Cara McKenna’s writing – and considering how much I love Cara McKenna, that’s some high praise!
Overall I thought Paris for One was an enjoyable read, and while I could take or leave the rest, I don’t feel like it was time wasted. It was a decent way to while away an afternoon.
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