ARC Review | Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
Women’s Fiction
Publication Date | October 18th, 2016
ARC from the publisher


Book Blurb:

From the #1 “New York Times” bestselling author of “Me Before You” and “After You,” a sensational collection featuring the title novella and eight other stories. Quintessential Jojo Moyes, “Paris for One and Other Stories” is an irresistibly romantic collection filled with humor and heart.
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away to anywhere before. Everyone knows travelling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone including herself wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, “Paris for One”is vintage Moyes as are the other stories that round out the collection.”

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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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7 thoughts on “ARC Review | Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

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  1. I’m not crazy about short story collections in general. I read this one earlier this year, and it was ok. The novella was cute, but most of the short stories were kind of forgettable? It just wasn’t what I expected from Moyes!


  2. Nell’s story was definitely worth the price of admission. Some of the other stories were really interesting and strange. The one with the woman texting on the cell phone she found was great.


  3. This is an author that I hope to read someday but just haven’t picked up any of her books yet. Too bad the other stories didn’t live up to Paris for One.


  4. I’ve been hesitant to read this one since I tend to be hit and miss when it comes to short story collections. Sounds like I should at least give it a try for the main story though. Great review!


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