I had high hopes for How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits. Maybe it was the pretty cover or maybe it was the word “Parisian” in the title (hey, we all want to be Parisian, don’t we?). I wasn’t expecting it to be the next Pulitzer Prize winner, but was looking for to a light and entertaining read.
Assumption: it would be like French Women Don’t Get Fat
Reality: it was like Nice is Just a Place in France
Want an example of what I mean? This is a nugget of advice they give: “No one should ever see your gums when you talk or laugh.” Umm…. what?? I don’t even understand…
With a pretty red, white, and blue front, this book comes off as sweet, sophisticated, and enjoyable. Instead I found it to be crude, pointless, and skimmed a majority (especially the love section).
There are many words I feel should have been used in the title of this book instead of “Parisian”…. How to Be “Rude” Wherever You Are… “Disliked”… “Annoying”… “Snobby”…
Side note: It took a lot of restraint not to use different words here, but I know family members are reading this post too … Hi Mom and Dad! :)
I did resist the urge to chuck the book down the trash shoot and have instead placed it on my bookshelf to use as decoration (seriously, I don’t understand why I love the book cover so much??). Let’s hope anyone who sees my bookshelf hasn’t read it before and naively thinks it’s smart and witty.
Moral of the story, if you are looking for bookshelf decoration, pick this book up! If you’re looking for an actual book to read, steer clear.
Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5
CAVEAT: If you loved Nice is Just a Place in France then get this book right this second because you’ll love it as well! No judgement, I swear. I still read Pretty Little Liars :)
Have you read this book yet? What were your thoughts?