“He wants to breathe in the sense of hope that comes with someone new, someone who sees in you the best of everything, not the worst.”
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published:5th February 2015
Pages: 96 Pages
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?
I picked up this short story from WHSmiths where they have a growing collection of quick reads for you all to enjoy. I’ve heard many people talk about how wonderful Jojo Moyes novels are, so it’s only natural I gave one a go.
Nell has never been to Paris so when the idea of booking a trip for the weekend comes up in conversation, how could she refuse? However, on the morning of the trip her boyfriend decides he’s unable to make it and leaves Nell experiencing Paris alone – surely that’s not a bad thing?
Travelling to another country alone is quite a scary thing to do, more so when you’re a stickler for structure just like Nell. Good on her for not sitting in her hotel room the entire trip and actually going to explore. During her Parisian exploring she meets Fabian, a wannabe writer, who decides to show her all around Paris. Their relationship brings you happy emotions because they’re both experiencing the lure of the city – Nell forgets her horrible boyfriend and Fabian forgets about his unconfident nature. I’m not implying they are romantically involved, more just enjoying the friendship.
The only thing I disliked was how Nell appeared to be the “boring” one and it was described in a way that I felt like it was verging on mocking – not the authors part, but from Nell’s family. No one expects Nell to do anything exciting and she agrees, so when she does the exploring all on her own I was confused how she could change so quickly – a person doesn’t change their habits that quickly.
As a whole, Paris for one was a cute little love story that will make you want to visit Paris and bask in the city of love.
Is there a Jojo Moyes novel you’d recommend for me to read next?