In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais
Release: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: E-book (US)
Rating: ★★★.5☆☆ (3.5/5)
Synopsis via Goodreads: Eugene and Tatiana had fallen in love that summer ten years ago. But certain events stopped them from getting to truly know each other and they separated never knowing what could have been.
But one busy morning on the Paris metro, Eugene and Tatiana meet again, no longer the same teenagers they once were.
What happened during that summer? Does meeting again now change everything? With their lives ahead of them, can Eugene and Tatiana find a way to be together after everything?
– S P O I L E R F R E E –
In Paris With You was a novel I was extremely anticipating and one that I expected to like a lot! Not only was the setting something I was definitely into, but I’ve recently been a huge sucker for any romance I can get my hands on. Maybe I expected too much from the start but I ended up having that feeling of some things falling a bit short. However, I still enjoyed this novel greatly!
I want to start out by letting you guys know that this book was written completely in verse. I’ve never read a book in that format before so it was a very new experience for me and one that I truly loved! It made the story so much more fast-paced and it kept me hooked from the first scene. I flew through it and couldn’t let up until the end (later hitting myself on the forehead for staying up until the crack of dawn). It’s definitely one of those stories that has no slow parts or uninteresting scenes. Every moment felt necessary to the plot and had me very entertained!
The story itself was super interesting too because it alternated from the past and current day. We got to see the moment when the two main characters, Tatiana and Eugene, first met and eventually fall apart, only to find their way back to one another in the present. I really enjoyed being able to witness the development between the two because their personas changed drastically throughout the chapters.
I also thought it was also really cool (and hella trippy) how the storyteller broke the fourth wall on multiple occasions and chatted with the readers a bit. I feel like it helped the audience breathe a bit during some of the tense moments and feel comfort during the scenes that had us at the edge of our seats. I didn’t expect that AT ALL so it was a very pleasant, and unique, surprise!
Then there are, of course, the characters. This is where my thoughts on the book started to go down a bit because I honestly never connected with either of the two leads. Tatiana was definitely more bearable than Eugene, but some of her actions still lead me feeling annoyed from time to time. However, it was really Eugene that made this one a meh for me. He’s exactly the type of dude that I try to stay away from; pessimistic, cynical, and basically an asshole when it comes to other people’s feelings. For those of you that have read it and are probably thinking “people change”, well… let’s just say his awful teen personality was sadly stuck in my head throughout the entirety of the book, taking away any other fun relating to him.
So yeah, you could say Eugene sorta (and by sorta I mean definitely) prevented me from loving this book, but I won’t say that I disliked the rest of it. The story itself is a solid romance and maybe others wouldn’t be as annoyed by Eugene as I was, making it even more of a lovely experience. I do believe the ending was a very realistic one at that, and I was surprised by how satisfied I was by it!
I would definitely pick up another story by Clémentine Beauvais in the future. Here’s to hoping more work from her will be translated to English (or else I may just have to pick up some French)!
I sorta have a LOT because there are just so many good ones! Enjoy
“–and I’m sure that you, too, can brood and mope, sometimes, about love affairs that went wrong years ago. The pain’s not worse after ten years. It doesn’t necessarily increase with time. It’s not an investment, you know, regret. Lost love doesn’t have to be a tragedy.”
“…it’s the way she takes the time to think about the meaning of quotes, the way she picks them up and examines them, these thoughts which he hands to her still in their shell, till, freshly peeled, she hands them back again, their fruit revealed.”
“In those very moments that can change our life, we want to hide, in order to survive; in order to avoid being eaten by birds, we wish ourselves carpet, wallpaper, doors, instead of the great scandal that our words might cause.”
“I wait and wait, but when we’re waiting, we don’t really live; reality seems unreal.”
“Love is so astonishing, the way it gives sudden shape to our formless expectations, intense colors to our inner landscape, upgrades our life to high definition and convinces us that everyone else is still trapped in the cave from which we have escaped.”
“Being in love unsettles you internally; when someone steals your heart, they also steal your center of gravity.”
“I believe this truly– that when we are confronted by the past, even accidentally, when we are brought suddenly ten thousand feelings back in time, then this padlocked poem, deathless, perfect, so fine, thick with the dust of two hundred years, can be made to change its final lines.”
“…and that is what I wish for myself and it’s what I wish for you too, darling reader: that we will perhaps experience this everything: a love like a nectarine, as perfect, round and smooth, a love that can be held in both hands and can soothe the tremors in your soul, a love that is whole.”
Happy Reading! ♡