I’ve always been a bit of a francophile, so when I saw the cover of Lisa Walker‘s new #loveOzYA novel – Paris Syndrome – I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist reading it for long. Luckily my library loan came up pretty quickly, and I devoured this one in just a few days. (Obviously I couldn’t resist posing it with my Thursday pre-work croissant – a little ritual I indulge in to help me feel a bit Parisian each week haha)
In Paris Syndrome our protagonist is Happy Glass – a seventeen year old girl living in Brisbane and dreaming of going to Paris with her best friend. Happy is obsessed with all things Paris, not least the French film Amélie, and her own story is just as sweet and quirky as her hero’s. (Reading this book actually inspired me to re-watch Amélie, and it was just as lovely as ever!)
I found this one pretty delightful, and think it is a must read for fans of Amélie, and anyone who has (perhaps unrealistic) dreams of Parisian perfection.
I gave it 3.5 stars.