Monday, September 1, 2014
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are - Review
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas
Rating: 1 Star
Description: 4 Parisian women take you through what makes a Parisian so Parisian.
Why I Picked This Book: I thought from the description that it would be a mix of tips with how to look effortlessly fabulous like the typical Parisian as well as some humor. Plus any book with any connection to Paris has grabbed my interest lately.
Pros: It's broken up into little sections and the sketches are cute. I liked the occasional photo and the lists were interesting. I like having a signature perfume and wearing lipstick to run errands.
Cons: This book completely missed the mark for me. While some of the lists were entertaining for the most part they just didn't grab me. Basically from what I could tell the Parisian is basically a study in contradictions and not really someone you would want to spend time with. After a few little essays I kind of lost interest. There was a lot of talk about being self-involved and how quirky that makes you but really I could only read so much of it. The book was very unstructured and the meandering through seemingly random subjects just didn't grab my interest. Maybe if I was younger or more fascinated by all things French?
Overall: This was (obviously) not a home run for me. The book just felt a little self-involved which is probably accurate since apparently one of the things that makes a Parisian Parisian is being self-involved.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Probably not
Would I Recommend this Book?: I don't think so.