Review: In Paris With You
Title: In Paris With You
Author: Clementine Beauvais
Published: 8 January 2019 (first published 24 August 2016)
Format: Hardback, library book
Synopsis: Eugene and Tatiana met when they were teenagers (he was 17, she was 14), and they could have fallen in love then, but life had other plans. They go on to lead separate lives until they meet again, 10 years later, in Paris. Will they fall in love this time? Will they be able to face what happened when they were teenagers? Or will they go their separate ways once more. This book uses poetry to tell Eugene and Tatiana’s story, both past and present.
Review: *Heads up… This book tackles suicide. Kind of. It was weird and not very well done, in my opinion**
I think I’ll start by saying that I don’t think In Paris With You should be cataloged as a teen book. It’s not extremely explicit or anything (and let’s be real, anymore teen books are very explicit), but very little of this book actually occurs when Tatiana and Eugene are teenagers. The majority of the story takes place when they are adults (roughly ages 24 and 27). I do wish there was a New Adult section for books like these. (*New Adult does not have to mean 50 Shades of Whatever or basically porn*.
Anyway, I almost DNF’d this book about 15 pages in, because both characters kind of seemed like awful people. Eugene was so bland, and Tatiana was pretending to be pregnant so she could have a better seat on the train. Ugh.
But I pressed on, and for a while I was glad that I did, because Tatiana and Eugene’s history was actually kind of interesting. When they were teenagers, she was head over heels in love with Eugene, but he did not return her affections. He was the best friend of her sister’s boyfriend, and they met in the summer of 2006. Flash forward ten years, and Tatiana and Eugene run into each other much more. The past collides with the present, which greatly impacts the future.
While I don’t agree with how the suicide….ish… topic was handled, I have to admit this book is really clever and brilliant in its writing style. Everything is done so carefully. There’s rhyming, actual pictures created from words, and so much imagery from just a few lines of writing. Really, I could imagine everything so clearly, despite the lack of adjectives. It was really something special, and this is the kind of book that I think would make a great bookclub book because there is so much to discuss, from the writing to the characters to every little thing that happens. The author is quite literally there while you read, making herself known to Tatiana, Eugene, and the reader. It’s quite something and I really loved it.
Okay, if I loved the writing so much, why the lower-ish rating? Especially when it seems like everyone loves this book???
Yeah, the imagery was fantastic, but Tatiana and Eugene didn’t have much to them. Maybe that was the point? I don’t know, but they both seemed so shallow. None of it felt the slightest bit sincere to me. Eugene especially. I don’t think he actually loved Tatiana – he just wanted to sleep with her. That’s what everything seemed to go back to, anyway. As for Tatiana, she seemed to be too stuck in the past.
Maybe that was the point. Tatiana was caught up in the past and Eugene was blindly running toward the future.
Or maybe it was meant to be a cute love story and I’m just killing it, ’cause that’s what I do.
Overall, I wanted to like, no, love, this story, but the lack of heart in the characters really killed it for me. Yes, this story was beautifully written, but that doesn’t mean much when the characters are about as deep as the kiddie pool.
.5 was adding to my rating because I admired the ending.
Have you read In Paris With You? Tell me what you think! 🙂