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Paris for One and Other Short Stories – JoJo Moyes

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.

This ARC was sent to me by Penguin UK via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to both publisher/netgalley for sending me this 🙂
Usually I leave my DNF without star ratings, since I feel like because I haven’t read it all I shouldn’t be marking it. But I feel strongly with this one and my low rating at this moment in time. I am in no way closing my mind to this book, I might come back to it later, but right now. . . no.

I don’t think short stories are for me. I feel like within this collection the stories weren’t fleshed out enough, they all began to blur together and feel the same, and I never really noticed a difference in the characters. Overall, I found the stories I did read to mostly be boring. It could be down to that this isn’t my usual genre (and when I do read it, I’m quite selective and picky about what works) and that the situations these characters were in are things that I myself do not relate to. Example, several of this were about married couples which I am not, so I found it hard to connect/empathise with that. Maybe I was just in a sour mood trying to read this, who knows, but right now I know this isn’t for me. Maybe one day!

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Me Before You – JoJo Moyes

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

 

After posting my Paris for One review yesterday, I realised I’ve never posted my Me Before You one, soooo…here it is!

Dearest friends and followers,

• it’s heartbreaking
• it’s sad
• it’s wonderful
• it’s funny
• it’s frustrating
• it makes you mad
• it makes you question
• it leaves you both happy and sad
• I love Will (is it just me though or are all characters named will sassy little troublemakers?)
• I love Lou
• ahhhhhhh

I don’t really know what else to say about this book, I have so many thoughts and feelings. I feel like going outside and shouting out my thoughts and frustrations to the world, to writing down my favourite quotes, re-watching the trailer 1000x and crying because I am know fully aware of what happens, declaring my love for this all over the Internet, and then finally I will probably cry myself to sleep over this…oh well.

(This may contain mild spoilers so I would read at your own risk, you’re warned.)

I think one of the lines that stood out the most to me is when Lou told her sister that “I told him I loved him but he said it wasn’t enough.” I can’t even begin to describe my feelings with this line — with everything that Lou feels about him & Wills feelings too. It’s not really the fact that Lou’s love isn’t enough for Will, but as he pointed out that his life isn’t enough for her or for him. His biggest problem wasn’t that he was unable to love Lou it was the fact he didn’t love himself enough or his life.

It’s just so heartbreaking to see these two people who have such a deep, intimate connection and understanding being pulled apart. It’s frustrating, but realistic.

This book really makes you question your own life, like how Lou started to question hers (much to Wills persuasion). Mainly questioning about how you life your life and is it really enough, are you really living it? I think that was one of the best things for me seeing Lou start to go out and take control of her own life and live it the way she wants to. Will seems to be the only want that wants Lou to have something to herself, everyone else sees her as being selfish if she wants to do something her way/not do it.

My whole family is pretty much made of carers. My nan, my mum, my aunties, my cousins. I’ve grown up knowing people with versions of Wills conditions and people with autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses. So many of the issues in this book weren’t unfamiliar to me. But still, seeing and knowing about the struggles that many people go through it doesn’t make it any easier. When Will and Lou left the house I can relate heavily to the stares, the whispering, and the anger and frustration that goes along with it. It’s true that you don’t really understand how unequipped a place is for someone with a disability until you’re put into the situation.

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Paris for One – JoJo Moyes

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She has never even been on a weekend away with her boyfriend. Everyone knows she is just not the adventurous type.

But, when her boyfriend doesn’t turn up for their romantic mini-break, Nell has the chance to prove everyone wrong.

Alone in Paris, Nell meets the mysterious moped-riding Fabien and his group of carefree friends. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life?

 

Paris for One is a short 95 page story by JoJo Moyes. Being 95 pages I knew not to expect too much from it, because really, how much can you fit into 95 pages? But still, I went into it with high expectations, looking forward to a 95 page whirl wind of a short story, that at the end I’d be wishing that this was a full length novel. Unfortunately, while I missed with the idea of this having a 95 page sequel, I found it unimpressive.

I absolutely love Me Before You, and I was captured by the writing style in that, and her story telling skills. Unfortunately, they seem to have gotten lost somewhere in the process of this book. Everything just seemed to draaaaaaaaaag, and I unfortunately couldn’t really form a connection between the characters. I wasn’t routing for any of them. Yes, this is 95 pages long and a short story I bare that in mind, but still, I can’t find myself recommending this short story to any one, or even really talking about it.

It seems to me that this really is a quick, light read, while you’re in between books or travelling somewhere. More of a filler.

It is so hard to review this because yes, like I’ve said, you’ve got to bare in mind that this is a short story on purpose, etc, but you still expect to get something from it. For me this was just way too easy to put back onto my bookshelf, and I, unfortunately, don’t think you’re missing anything if you have or haven’t read the book.

I do like however how the main character makes the best out of her situation and begins to embrace life with both hands. I think there’s a message there. Unfortunately, (maybe because of the length), story lines never seemed to be well developed.