RATING: 5 STARS
This is Lauren Barnard’s third chick-lit book in her series, involving the adventures of Poppy and Jazz. I love Laura’s writing because she captures genuine emotions without sounding corny or over-the top.
The story revolves around two best friends, Poppy and Jazz, who find themselves in silly “I Love Lucy” type of situations. Poppy is an anxious, empathetic woman, and typically has too many people rely on her, while she deals with her own struggle of trying to become pregnant. Poppy is imperfect and vulnerable – like a real life women.
Jazz is a care-free, generous, headstrong woman. Unfortunately, due to her strong will, she often finds herself in difficult situations. Many of us can relate to the family members mentioned in her story. Every family has these type of relatives: the embarrassing one, the bossy one, the Too Much Information one and the “know it all” relative.
This is a light, funny book which I highly recommend for chick-lit lovers or anyone in need of a good laugh.
RATING: 5 STARS
A copy of the book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
STUFF PARISIANS LIKE: DISCOVERING THE QUOI IN THE JE NE SAIS QUOI BY OLIVIER MAGNY
RATING: 4 STARS
Stuff Parisians Like is a tongue-in-cheek look at Parisians and their idiosyncracies. Specifically, Magny makes fun of “BCBG”, “Bon Chic Bon Genre”, the upper middle class Parisians. Similar satirical books have been written mocking upper crust societies. For upper middle class white Americans, we have the book Stuff White People Like. The British have The Sloane Ranger, poking fun at the British upper crust.
Stuff Parisians Like is a light and entertaining read geared towards an American audience. If you’re easily insulted, this book isn’t for you. Magny discusses how Parisians react when discussing Americans:
“Parisians have a bit of a different physiology. Things like a certain inability to smile are quite well-known expressions of this phenomenon…When hearing the phrase “Les Américains”, the Parisian will implacably lose track of his previous ideas to just be taken over by one overpowering thought…”Oui, mais les Américains, ils sont cons.” It would be impolite at that point to bring to the Parisian’s attention that he starts to sound like the stupid American he despises so much…Plus, despite his obvious in-depth knowledge of America, chances are he might not get the joke…”
I’d recommend this to a Francophile, someone who has lived in Paris or going on vacation to Paris. Keep in mind, Stuff Parisian Like should be taken with “un grain de sel.”