Book Club: PS. From Paris

P.S. From Paris was a book I got for free from my Amazon Prime Reading section and I can't recommend Prime Reading enough! If you're a bibliophile like me, this is a definite must-have!

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P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy

Goodreads Synopsis: 

On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she’s an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband—the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend’s restaurant.
Paul is an American author hoping to recapture the fame of his first novel. When his best friend surreptitiously sets him up with Mia through a dating website, Paul and Mia’s relationship status is “complicated.”
Even though everything about Paris seems to be nudging them together, the two lonely ex-pats resist, concocting increasingly far-fetched strategies to stay “just friends.” A feat easier said than done, as fate has other plans in store. Is true love waiting for them in a postscript?

My Review: 

I've never ready a Marc Levy book before but from the titles I've browsed, I noticed he's written a lot of romantic novels. I'm not exactly one for romance (fiction and sci-fi are more my speed), but I thought about how Paul being an American expat living in Paris reminded me of when I lived abroad so I thought I would give it a try. 
I liked the pacing of the book and the characters were just well fleshed out enough to keep me reading until the very end. That said, I found a lot of elements of this book bizarre. Firstly, Paul finds success as a writer in Korea of all places. Being Korean ethnically myself, I found this interesting but really strange - it just seemed like a strange place to take a novel about two people who are in a "will-they-or-won't-they" romance in Paris (one of the most romantic cities stereotypically) to Seoul, which is fine, except the novel turns out to be heavily political and... I just didn't see that coming, nor did it make any sense for me. 
There are also other elements of the book that never get resolved and that bothered me a bit. I like closure in my books and when I don't get that, I get annoyed. We are introduced early on in the book to a Parisian caricature artist who seems to have taken a liking to Mia's friend. This is never explored ever but frequently mentioned. Paul's friend also talks significantly about how Paul had helped him out of a very troubled time in his life when he himself also moved to Paris but we are never told what caused the so-called "troubled time." 
Marc Levy is said to be one of the most read novelists in France at the moment. Perhaps it's just the translation but I wasn't terribly impressed. It would have made an excellent beach read but it wasn't exactly up my alley. There's a superficial depth to the book but it has no real profundity, at least not to me. 

1 comment

  1. Great review, babe- I get irritated when certain issues/problems never get resolved, too!

    Le Stylo Rouge


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