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Book Review: Paris For One By Jojo Moyes

Book Review: Paris For One By Jojo MoyesUnless if you’re following my Instagram account (@whatshotblog), you probably don’t know that I just moved to Paris where I’m doing an internship for 5 months. In preparation for this, my friend gave me Paris for One by Jojo Moyes to read on the Eurostar (without knowing that she is one of my favourite authors!) and this was the book that kicked me back into reviewing. 

Paris for One is part of the Quick Reads collection by Penguin to try and encourage those who don’t have time to read. This title certainly serves its purpose well as it is only 95 pages long, but Moyes has packed in a full-blown adventure into this short story. It’s the sort of story that you can pick up and put down again as you go about your business, no harm done.

The story is lighthearted without any complications and it’s not the sort of read that you need to dedicate a chunk of your time to. It’s the story of Nell, who isn’t particularly adventurous and has never been to Paris. She makes a spur of the moment decision to book two Eurostar tickets for herself and her boyfriend but things start to fall apart when he doesn’t meet her at the train station in London. Ploughing ahead, Nell goes to Paris by herself, assuming that her boyfriend will meet her in Paris, but everything changes when she gets there.

Paris For One is a piece of classic chick-lit, i.e. a highly predictable, romantic, but somewhat unrealistic, tale. I am a big fan of Jojo Moyes but I have to say I was actually a little disappointed in this short story. Whilst I appreciate that it is difficult to fit a decent story into such a small number of pages, I couldn’t help but feel that some pages were a little floosy and meaningless. There are others, however, which are examples of really good story-telling – much more Jojo Moyes style – and I really enjoyed these.

I read this book over several days, only reading a few pages at a time, and I found my interest waning during some passages but peaking during others. This story was quite hit and miss with me with some parts just being a little too silly for my liking.That said, the character development is quite good and somehow you really get to know Nell and exactly what sort of girl she is from 95 short pages. You get a feel for who her friends her and what sort of life she’s lived, which is amazing given how short this story is. As a reader, you start to root for Nell to go forth and be adventurous for once in her life (though it is glaringly obvious what the outcome of this story will be).

All in all, Paris For One a nice, short read, great for taking on holiday with you or reading on the train. It’s not too deep but you still get to know the characters quite well and can see Nell’s character development throughout which is heartwarming. There was some bits that were too ‘chick-lit’ for me, if that makes sense, but on the whole it was a decent story. It’s got nothing on any full novels that Moyes has written though, so if this is your first taste of Jojo Moyes I highly recommend that you pick up some of her other titles (like Me Before You!).

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    22nd March 2016 / 2:47 PM

    I haven’t heard of this book, or this author, but chick lit is my favourite for an easy holiday read.

  2. 22nd March 2016 / 3:32 PM

    Ohh I do love a quick read so I might have to pick this up and give it a whirl. x

  3. 22nd March 2016 / 4:26 PM

    I have not heard of this book before, but a quick read book is what I need at the moment as never seem to have time to sit down and read

    • 23rd March 2016 / 1:09 PM

      There’s a whole range of Penguin quick reads and most are written by well-known authors so you should definitely check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Rhian Westbury
    22nd March 2016 / 4:58 PM

    I absolutely love JoJo Moyles but I haven’t picked up this book yet so I definitely need to x

    • 23rd March 2016 / 1:08 PM

      It’s nowhere near as good as Me Before You but still worth a read!

  5. 22nd March 2016 / 7:21 PM

    I love Jojo Moyles, I’m not sure I’d like a short read though. Only because I love getting stuck into a story for some time. I’d give it a go though, because I’m sure there will be situations a short read would be preferable!

    • 23rd March 2016 / 1:08 PM

      I agree! I’m not a huge fan of short stories because they’re never detailed enough but I love Moyes and this wasn’t bad ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jo Smith
    22nd March 2016 / 8:07 PM

    Quick reads are the best aren’t they? Never having the time to jump into a novel, I love that these grip you and at such a small price

    • 23rd March 2016 / 1:08 PM

      These are perfect for those who don’t have much time to read and as a lot of them are by really famous authors, it’s a good way to get a taste for their writing!

  7. 22nd March 2016 / 9:31 PM

    I can imagine this being a good one to bring on an airplane. Even with the flaws it might be satisfying to read through.

    • 23rd March 2016 / 1:07 PM

      Yes that’s true Liz! For a short journey this would be perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 23rd March 2016 / 12:34 AM

    This would be a good filler when you are on a train journey and don’t want to read anything too heavy. Perfect.

    • 23rd March 2016 / 1:18 PM

      Yep, perfect for a short journey! I like to be alone with my thoughts when I’m digging into something deep so the big books are kept for that!

  9. 23rd March 2016 / 2:31 PM

    aw i do prefer a short story at times. this sounds like a great read and is right up my street. also, one for my bookshelf hehe

  10. 23rd March 2016 / 4:42 PM

    Ooh not seen this one – Am a fan of most of JoJo Moyes books – Thanks for sharing x

  11. 23rd March 2016 / 8:53 PM

    Do you know I have never read a JoJo Moyes book – I need to get started I think!

  12. 24th March 2016 / 1:43 PM

    I really love quick reads, they’re underrated! I don’t have much time to read these days ๐Ÿ™

  13. 25th March 2016 / 6:05 PM

    oh I love quick reads so may have to give this book a try

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