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I See London, I See France
Contributor(s): Mlynowski, Sarah
ISBN: 0062397079     ISBN-13: 9780062397072
Publisher: Harperteen
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: July 2017
Annotation: Planning what she dreams will be the perfect European tour with her best friend, 19-year-old Sydney finds her vacation challenged by a cheating boyfriend, an unexpected crush and her mother's deteriorating mental health. By the best-selling author of Fishbowl. Simultaneous eBook. 75,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Best friends; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017028617
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.50" (0.98 lbs) 378 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 May #4)

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has never traveled far from home: she's felt compelled to watch over her agoraphobic mother ever since her father left years earlier. Sydney is ready for a respite from family responsibilities, so when her best friend Leela breaks up with her boyfriend and needs another summer travel companion in Europe, Sydney hesitantly agrees to accompany her. What follows is Mlynowski's (Don't Even Think About It) hilarious if predictable recounting of two girls' mishaps, adventures, romantic escapades, and heartbreaks while traveling from country to country. There are reflective moments, too, as Sydney battles with guilt for leaving her younger sister in charge at home and worries (after a couple of minor panic attacks) that she may have inherited her mother's disorder. Then there's the matter of Leela's ex, who shows up in Europe wanting to make amends and whose own travel companion steals Sydney's heart. Witty with a serious edge, this book encapsulates the wonder, joy, and anxieties that accompany any journey. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Dail, Laura Dail Literary. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 June)

Gr 10 Up—A monthlong trek across Europe with your BFF sounds like the perfect way to spend your first summer after freshman year of college. Sydney wants to take the perfect selfie and scope out attractive guys, but she also hopes the trip will help newly single Leela get over her cheating ex. Although leaving her mother, who has agoraphobia, in the hands of her younger sister weighs heavily on Sydney's mind, she is determined to make this the trip of a lifetime. The girls' romp hits a roadblock when Leela's ex, Matt, shows up. Sydney tries to support her friend, but it's kind of hard to focus with Matt's hot friend Jackson around. While Leela and Matt heat up and then cool off again, Sydney and Jackson find themselves falling hard for each other. Sydney's physical journey across Europe mirrors a personal one in which she must weigh her role as a friend against her own happiness. Mlynowski weaves an adventure suited to older readers: in Amsterdam, Sydney and her friends explore marijuana bars and even a candidly described sex show. Peppered with fresh, funny dialogue, this is an upbeat country-hopping trek. Sydney's struggle to balance new and old friends, romance, and family obligations will resonate with teens. Fans of E. Lockhart's "Ruby Oliver" series will enjoy graduating to this more mature option. VERDICT An entertaining journey, complete with the Eiffel Tower, gelato, and cute boys, that is perfect for summer reads displays and shelves.—Carrie Finberg, South Park High School, PA

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