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Confessions of a Paris Party Girl

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  108 reviews
When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more "difficile" than she'd imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you're ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published January 12th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jill
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh how I wish the author's trials and tribulations in France didn't ring so true! But France is France--one of the most impossibly frustrating and impossibly lovely countries in the world--and life here is never simple but never boring.

This is a fun memoir that I gulped down in two hours. Vicki has a wonderfully chatty voice, though at times it veered a bit too informal for my taste. Reading this book was like talking with another expat friend over a pint of Kronenbourg. Miserable appointments t
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Sanda
Let me tell you a thing or three about my new friend Vicki (granted she knows nothing of this friendship but more about that later). The best way I can describe this book is that it was like reading a long, hilariously intimate email from a close friend. So what happens when a 20-something girl from St. Louis (MISSOURI!) with a basic knowledge of french and a great appetite for adventure decides to move to the city of love (and great English speaking bars apparently), Paris? Well first of all yo ...more
Marie
Vicki is a young American full of dreams and ambition. She decides to move to Paris when she loses her job. Her adventures in the city of lights are hilarious and full of surprises. Her struggle with French men, love, work and bureaucracy made me laugh out loud, I could not pu it down before I was done with it !
Elle's Book Blog
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit
:: 5 Pretty Little Stars ::

If you’re looking for a good laugh AND finding a book that is stylized as chick lit than this is your book! When I started blogging I signed up for a book tour for Christmas Cocktails and Confessions knowing nothing about this author. But once I read that book I became instantly HOOKED! This book (and the others) are told as memoirs and they follow the life of the author, Vicki Lesage, as she journeys through Paris. Each and every chapter of the book tell a humorous
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Jacqueline
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, paris
A fast moving, humorous memoir of Vicki’s first six years in Paris.

Arriving alone with her laptop and a freelance web designer work plan, Vicki is in Paris to party, and party she does. My ever-sensible eyes nearly popped out of their sockets at some of her stories, including when she mentioned the early closing bar where everyone was booted out by 2.00am. It just highlighted my dull youth when I realise 2.00am has never been a time to move on to another bar for me. She is also not afraid to wri
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Adria Cimino
I really enjoyed this memoir for several reasons. First of all, it was hilarious – the adventures themselves as well as Vicki Lesage’s way of describing them. I found myself laughing out loud more times than I could count.
And that brings me to my second reason for liking this book. Reading it is like having a conversation with a good friend. Lesage is a natural storyteller. Her style is unpretentious, and the pace of this memoir is just right.
I also like the fact that the author explains how s
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Marie Vareille
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So funny ! The adventures of Vicki, young American who just arrived in Paris after having lost her job in the US. Loved it, would definitely recommend it !
Lisa Cromwell
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. In no way has this influenced my rating or opinion of this book. Thank you to Goodreads and to Vicki Lesage for the opportunity!*

I would like to say that this is a very FUN read! I literally laughed out loud while reading it! If you like someone with a sense of humor, a funny way at looking at life's (not so fun) moments, and can appreciate someone being bilingual (sarcasm anyone?), then this is the book for you!

I knew I was in for the ri
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Kathy
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having been an ex-pat in Paris myself, I totally related to Vicki’s story. She definitely managed to capture the daily life of ordinary French citizens as well as their reaction to a transplanted American and her reaction to them. I loved the way she described Vicki’s struggles to learn the country’s vernacular and slang and how her ineptitude in this area caused her and her listeners a lot of laughs. The one thing I wondered about were all the author’s descriptions and time spent on drinking go ...more
Lizzie Harwood
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you love reading about fearless gals takes on foreign cultures and winning, then this is a great book to grab! It's funny, insightful and full of great tips on culture (eat the fish at the Integration to France seminar! go on!) and we find ourselves cheering her on as she jumps through the flaming hoops of French bureaucrasy to secure her long-stay visa, get a real job, manage the paperwork to get hitched, and even get a wedding cake for her reception. (Believe me, these things are flaming ho ...more
Carolyn
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Vicki Lesage went to Paris at the age of 25 to spend the summer subletting a tiny apartment and working as a free-lance web designer, she never expected to stay for years. But she did and she blogged about it and then turned her blog into this funny, witty memoir of her experiences.

It's clear that Vicki loves Paris, warts and all and the book reads like a series of emails from a close friend. She is often self deprecating in her mistakes with the language and customs and doesn't moan about
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Samantha Verant
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vicki’s memoir is more than JUST a book, because reading it is just like hanging out with your best friend and drinking lots and lots of wine. As an American expat in France, I love her enthusiasm and humor as she conquers Paris one foible at a time. She doesn’t have the “I love you, Paris, but you’re bringing me down mentality." Nope. It’s more like “I love you, Paris, and if you bring me down...I’m just going to get back up, brush off my knees, and then head off to local expat bar. I’m so look ...more
Andrew
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Full Review can be found here: http://therevboard.com/2014/11/10/mr-... *


Vicki Lesage’s “Confessions of a Paris Party Girl” has an autobiographical feel as a young Vicki (VeeKee as she is called by a few characters in the story) chooses to leave her unceremoniously relieved from her IT job’s duties as well as take a car everywhere life in St. Louis, Missouri to venture abroad into the lavish and glamorous living of Paris, France as a freelance web designer.

Granted, to be in (let alone LIVE IN)
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Pamela King
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
I’ve just been chatting over a cup of coffee to Vicki Lesage about her first few years in Paris. At least that what it seems like reading her book Confessions of a Paris Party Girl. (Or should that be over several glasses of vino?).

Vicki begins her adventure in Paris optimistically: “The hardwood floors were old and creaky – or in my eyes, authentic and beautiful. The shower didn’t have a curtain, which simply provided a better view of the wooden sauna-like walls of the bathroom. The antique sof
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Donna McBroom-Theriot
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are a tremendous amount of self-published memoirs on the market today and I'll be the first to tell you that many shouldn't be there - not that everyone doesn't have a story to tell, but that not all stories should be published and let loose on the world. I have had the opportunity to muddle through many of them and CONFESSIONS OF A PARIS PARTY GIRL by Vicki Lesage is not one of those.

Vicki headed off to Paris, almost as a default destination, to have an adventure and hopefully meet the lo
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Bex 'n' Books
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewer: Lynn
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Vicky needed a change from her mid-western life. Well what's a girl to do except move to Paris. After back-packing through Europe during collage breaks she wanted to try living there. Where better way to continue with her love affair with wine. This book was smart, sassy and fun. Trying to live in a new city with
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D.S. McKnight
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Paris. Wine. Croissants. If this sounds like your dream getaway, then get comfy because Vicki Lesage is about to take you on a trip. Confessions of a Paris Party Girl is a humorous memoir detailing the author's life in Paris. The memoir is witty and on occasion a tad bit snarky - but that made me enjoy it all the more. The author shares her adventures - not only introducing us to a variety of people (I loved old creepy foot fetish dude) but letting us tag along to her favorite places. We get les ...more
Erica Olson
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the first chapter for free, bought the book immediately, and kept reading until I was finished, although I had plenty of other things that I was supposed to be doing. I was surprised that I liked it so much. I lived abroad for two years and love everything to do with Europe, but I'm not a “party girl” by any means (and I was always annoyed at the Americans who were). But Vicki's style is so fun and engaging that I was happy to experience France alongside her, parties and all.

I like how th
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Shelly Schulz
Confessions of a Paris Party Girl is a great debut from Vicki Lesage. I was a bit hesitant to read someone’s memoir (biographies aren’t exactly my favorite thing in the world) but I was blown away by how much I loved this. It’s a quick, fast paced wild ride detailing the first six years Vicki lived in Paris. She spares no details, talking about bar binges and what to do (and not do) while out for the night. She’s a wonderful story teller, and it feels more like catching up with a girlfriend rath ...more
Rhonda
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ll start by saying that I’m not a fan of memoirs but this was the exception! Confessions of a Paris Party Girl was the first memoir that I actually read to the end and wished for more! Who am I kidding? This was the first memoir that I actually finished!

Vicki Lesage describes her experiences in Paris with entertaining humor and honesty. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her descriptions of people, the situations that arise, and her friendships/love interests. I also cannot fail to mention her wonde
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Delphine
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely fabulous, amazingly written and genuinely hilarious!

As a french girl, I was able to read this book with an other perspective and I think that allowed me to enjoy it even more.
All the Paris' "adventures" that happened to Vicki was so (sometimes sadly) true and I also happened to get my hair caught on the train doors. (I feel you Vicki).
Lots of the anecdotes she tells us about are so damn funny. My classmate must have thought that I was crazy (yes I couldn't stop reading s
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Diana
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
* Received for an honest review.
This book came to me at just the right time! I need something fun and light! I also needed to take an escape to the streets of France and emerge myself in French culture! I loved that once I started this fantastic memoir I could not put it down. The complexities of two cultures meshing are always fun and I think eye-opening experience. I personally love France and French culture so much of the “conflicts” I took as a chuckle. Vicky’s adventures in France were norm
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Stephanie (the nerdy princess)

I recieved a copy of this book from the author in an exchange for an honest review

I would like to say that this is a very FUN read! I literally laughed out loud while reading it!

The adventures of Vicki, young American who just arrived in Paris after having lost her job in the US. Now in Paris she plans to party… and Party she does. This is how Vicki finds herself in some odd…..situations, and a lot of us can relate to!

The writing style was wonderful and it felt like you were talking with an ol
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Stephanie Dagg
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute delight from start to finish. But don’t read it – at least, not in a public place. It’ll have you smiling to yourself at the author’s light, lively smile, chuckling quietly at the faux pas, which are a normal part of expat life, that she shares with us and occasionally laughing out loud at the sudden ridiculousness of a crazy situation she finds herself in. And there’ll be the odd gasp of horror at the hair-tearingly-out stubbornness of French bureaucracy, and once or tw ...more
Jody
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Vicki is an American twenty-something who after losing her job decides to pack her bags and move to Paris for an unforeseeable time. With the money she earns with her work as a freelance web designer, Vicki can afford a small apartment and is ready to throw herself into the Parisian night life (which of course includes lots of wine in all forms!). The reader is taken along on Vicki’s Paris adventure, which consists of numero
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Juliette Sobanet
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Being a major Francophile myself, I am always thirsty for more Paris (and more French wine!) and Vicki Lesage's Confessions of a Paris Party Girl totally quenched my thirst. From late nights drinking at The Long Hop to living in (and learning to love) tiny Parisian apartments to navigating those oh-so-romantic Frenchmen, Vicki's lighthearted and humorous Parisian tales brought me right back to my days as a student in Paris and made me yearn for more. Vicki's writing is so personable and real tha ...more
Lisa
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Since I am a complete Francophile, I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to vicariously live through the author's experience of moving to France and falling in love. It's not without its challenges (some of which I could relate to from my travels in France) but she takes the less desirable aspects of being an expat in stride.
Laura
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
'Confessions of a Paris Party Girl' is funny, witty and admirably honest. It was light-hearted and had me crying with laughter on several occasions. Vicki finds herself in some...odd.... situations, which many can relate to. I loved this book and intend to read it again. I hope to hope to hear of more books by Vicki in the future.
Carrie
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit, insightful
Ok, it's chick-lit. But, it's the ex-pat's ultimate guide. It confirmed all that I love about French things, all that I dislike about French people. The story is well done, though and written in blog style. She's able to pull you right into her world, and that's what I loved about this book.
Amy Hayes
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book brought me back to my own Parisian days!! I could relate with the author on so many levels, and was laughing all the way with her as she navigated the seemingly impossible French system. Love that everything worked out for her in a real-life fairytale ending!
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Bestselling author Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising two French kids isn't as easy as the hype lets on. In her spare time, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She just moved back to the US after living in Paris for 11 years, with her French husband, rambunctious son, and charming daughter in tow, all of whom mercifully don't laugh when she says "au revoi ...more
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