Review: Paris For One and Other Stories - Jojo Moyes

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“‘You don’t ever do something just because it makes you feel good?’ The assistant shrugs. ‘Mademoiselle, you need to spend more time in Paris.’”

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories, Romance, Women’s Fiction

Reading Challenge: 4 out of 50

Goodreads Synopsis —

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away--to anywhere--before. Traveling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone--including herself--wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds 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 quintessential Jojo Moyes--as are the other stories that round out the collection.

My Thoughts —

Ahh, Paris. The City of Light. And of love, too, for that matter. It seems that Paris has always been the centre of romance, especially when it comes to literature. I can’t lie, I love it. I just eat that stuff up. Paris is my favourite place in the world and I’m far more romantic than I should be about most things, so this is right up my alley. Going into this novel, I was really excited to see what Jojo Moyes would bring to the game. Prior to this, I had already read her novels “Me Before You” and “The Girl You Left Behind.” I gotta say, I really liked “Paris For One.” It might’ve just been the adventuring in Paris bit I enjoyed, but whatever it was, this book really pulled at my heartstrings.

I felt like I could easily identify with Nell, which was what primarily gave me a strong connection to the novel. Like me, Nell is a bit reserved, a bit sheltered - not one to be adventurous or to go out of her comfort zone. She’s comfortable with her day-to-day life and the familiarity of it all, and would rather not push past her boundaries. But “Paris For One” is a story about finding yourself and, most of all, finding your independence. That really inspired me. And made me want to return to Paris lol.

As for the other short stories… meh. I hate to say it, but they just didn’t give me the same feeling that “Paris For One” did. Of all the stories, I think the two I liked best were “Between the Tweets” and “The Christmas List.” But the rest just didn’t do it for me. I did like that they were included though because, on it’s own, “Paris For One” was quite short to be published as a novel.

Have you read Paris For One? Did you enjoy the short stories?

Felicia x