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The Girl with No Shadow

(Chocolat #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  16,426 ratings  ·  1,739 reviews
The wind has always dictated Vianne Rocher's every move, buffeting her from the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and baby Rosette, safe. But the weather ...more
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by William Morrow (first published May 2nd 2007)
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Joanne Harris THE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW is the US title of THE LOLLIPOP SHOES. It wasn't my decision to publish it under a different name, but that of the US publishe…moreTHE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW is the US title of THE LOLLIPOP SHOES. It wasn't my decision to publish it under a different name, but that of the US publisher.(less)
Kathy It isn't necessary to read or watch Chocolate first, but I highly recommend reading the book. It is much better than the movie and sets a better tone.…moreIt isn't necessary to read or watch Chocolate first, but I highly recommend reading the book. It is much better than the movie and sets a better tone. I still picture Johnny Depp as Roux but picture Vianne differently. (less)

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Will Byrnes
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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As the second book in the Chocolat series, I was excited to read The Lollipop Shoes. And it was reasonably good, but I just hated Zozie so much! I mean, we were supposed to hate her (she's the antagonist in the book and you know that from the start) but I don't think you were supposed to hate her as much as I did. As I do . I just hated how she influenced Anouk/Annie and how Vianne/Yanne didn't notice that she was evil. I hated everything that she did - becoming friendl
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Lollipop Shoes = The Girl with No Shadow (Chocolat #2), Joanne Harris
The Lollipop Shoes is a 2007 novel by Joanne Harris—a sequel to her best-selling Chocolat. It was released in the U.S. in 2008 as The Girl with No Shadow.
No longer living in Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, Vianne Rocher and her two daughters, Anouk and Rosette, are settled in the Montmartre quarter of Paris. Their lives are changed when befriended by the mysterious and free-spirited Zozie de l'Alba.
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Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve been sitting in my chair thinking about what I was going to write about the story I just finished. The question, “what did you think?” always makes me feel like it is some kind of test and I am going to give the wrong answer. I try not to think about it that way. I always think that this is not the question that I should be answering. My question would be “what did you feel?” Ahhh, yes, that’s it.

Let me tell you about the story by telling you how I felt.

The whole time I was reading The Gi
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: europe
The spider weaves its web elegantly. It is a thing of beauty to watch. But, to see it ensnare its prey is horrific, yet equally fascinating. Harris spins her own web in this delicious sequel to Chocolat. Who is the spider and who is the prey?
Bhargavi Balachandran
I started this book with a lot of expectations and i am happy to report that I enjoyed it thoroughly. Joanne Harris's Lollipop shoes is like dark,creamy chocolate with a hint of spice-totally heady and difficult to resist. Narrated from three POVs(Yanne, Anouk and Zozie), the narrative flows seamlessly. I loved how Joanne let a huge chunk of the narrative be told from Zozie's perspective- I don't really think i have read too many novels that have been narrated from the Villain's point of view.Al ...more
Gerri Leen
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Apr 26, 2008 rated it liked it
I really, really wanted to like this book - I have such fond memories of *Chocolat* (probably because I read a borrowed copy on the plane home from a trip to Paris replete with French chocolates, but still...). I can't help but think that the sequel almost ruins the magic of the first one - it ended so...hopefully, and then *The Girl With No Shadow* happens and undercuts it all.

As a stand-alone book, though (which it very well could be), I'm much happier with it (and if it were a stand-alone boo
Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
Sequel to Chocolat, published as The Lollipop Shoes outside of U.S.

Chocolat was full of colors and enchantment that we never really knew the source of. The Girl with No Shadow reveals these right away. This story starts with none of the enchantment and mystery of Chocolat. We are introduced to Zozie who is leaving her previous life. Each chapter comes from the point of view of either Zozie, Vianne, or Anouk. This threw me at first until I realized we had switched characters. Roux returns but is
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of french fiction, fans of Good books, Chocolat/Harris fnas
If Chocolat was Dark Chocolate with a creamy milk chocolate filling then The Girl with No Shadow is a Dark Chocolate truffle with a smooth creamy finish.

"The Girl..." is not a simple tale. It's a complex tale that mirrors life and the way we interact with each other, the things we choose not to see, the choices we make because we believe them to be right and the ultimate decision of getting back to that place within yourself that truly represents who you are.

It's about love, vengeance, family, l
God, I love this book. So, so much. Magic plays much more of a role in this one than in Chocolat, which could almost be described as straight up literature. This one relies fairly heavily on magic of varying sorts. It gives us the back story on characters we know and love, which also introducing one of the most unreliable and compelling narrators I think I've ever come across. Zozie is so creeptastic by the end, and yet in the beginning, the reader is as taken in by her as Anouk is.

What to say about this one? Reading it feels like looking through the window of a chocolaterie, seeing little boxes that you know contain the most delicious treats, but all the while aware of the pane of glass before you - and the worst is you never quite see what's inside the boxes, either.

But seeing as looking is half the fun anyway the reading is hardly a terrible experience, just not nearly as delightful as Chocolat.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Chocolat is a much darker offering. The story is set 4 years later and it's clear that Vianne is fearful of something. She and Anouk have assumed new names, their spirits have dwindled, and they seem defeated. The story examines the debilitating effect of fear and the dangers it can expose us to. It also examines the choices we make to obtain the things we need. I'm beginning to suspect that Joanne Harris' dialogue of right vs wrong, good vs evil to be a signature for her. I've rea ...more
Tatevik Najaryan
The book invites you.

Try me, test me, taste me...

I am not talking about chocolate. I am talking about the book. But why not to add some chocolate while reading, because the chocolaterie mood is in the air.
You won't regret. Even though you're on diet (no matter if it's for books or sweets).

Try it, test it, taste it...
Linda Abhors the New GR Design
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk
I loved this book. And I didn't expect to. Granted, Chocolat is one of my favorite "Go to a happy place" films. So when I found the book at a bargain price a few years ago, I thought I'd read it.
Per my usual, since I'd seen the movie, I didn't take the time to read the first book (since I have so much to read for work, and this doesn't fall into the group of books in my field). Now I think I will, even though I can tell that it won't take me to a happy place, as does the film.

I thought for cert
Dolf Patijn
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite a few years ago I read Chocolat. Then I watched the film, which is not as good and not as dark as the book. Then I read other books by Joanne Harris: Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Gentlemen and Players, Blue-eyed Boy and Different Class. They're all great reads. I now finally got around to reading the sequel to Chocolat, which is called "The girl with no shadow" in America. (Why do those American publishers have to be awkward and give European books a different title. I've ...more
Sonia Gomes
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read chocolat I already had an interest and liked the character of viane. It was good to see the changes in the child as she has grown up and the development of the relationship with her mother. Some of the references which pinpointed dates threw me a bit I had the sense in chocolat that it was more historical but the mention of mobile phones threw me into an era I had not really thought of this book being in. Although I perhaps appreciated more the contrast of the more traditional and ol ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Setting: Paris, France. Four years on from the events in 'Chocolat', Vianne Rocher is now living a quiet life in the Paris suburb of Montmartre with her children Annie (Anouk) and 4 year old Rosette. Vianne now goes by the name Yanne but she still runs a chocolate shop, even though she does so without resorting to her magic and charms. But then into their lives breezes Zozie d'Alba, a fraudster who steals peoples identities and lives and sees in the family an opportunity to further her wicked wa ...more
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
I was so disappointed with this book; when it first came out I even bought it in hardback as I had absolutley loved Chocolat (and the others of Harris's that I have read). I had practically been counting down the days to the release of this book and was left feeling incredibly underwhelmed by the whole thing.

The Lollipop Shoes is the story of Vianne and Anouk and Vianne's new daugher who have moved to Paris and set up a chocolate shop there too but there is none of the magic of that first shop,
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-favs
I think I enjoyed this book even more than Chocolat if that is possible. Granted, it was a bit slow to start and I doubted for the first fifty pages or so (silly me!). Much like rich hot chocolate, the novel got better and better the more I read until I was literally breathless by the very end. I read this during the same time-frame as the book which added to the delight. If you’re looking for a great book to curl up with through the holidays, take a chance on this one!
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[This review was originally posted on my blog.]

It has been years since I last read Chocolat and watched its magical movie adaptation. I remember that I went on a Joanne Harris reading spree right after that. Many of her books are just as filled with love for the culinary arts. Part of me was afraid that the sequel would disappoint, and that is why I only recently got around to reading The Lollipop Shoes. I needn't have worried though, because from the very first page I was hooked. The woman with
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it
I read Joanne Harris's popular novel Chocolat and saw the movie based on it so long ago that I can barely remember what it was about - other than a chocolate shop in France. But, I do recall enjoying it and finding it quite magical. So, while at a bookstore recently, I was excited to discover this sequel. The Girl with No Shadow opens with Vianne and Anouk (of Chocolat fame) in a new city under new identities, Yanne and Annie. Yanne is struggling to keep her new chocolaterie afloat. She is datin ...more
May 19, 2008 rated it liked it
As a sequel to "Chocolat", I think this was pretty good. It shows growth and imagination on the author's part, not just a reworking of a previous success. Each chapter is narrated by one of the main characters; Zozie, Vianne or Anouk. The little graphic at the chapter heading indicates which person will be speaking, but I didn't figure that out until after I had finished the book. Kind of makes me mad, too. That's not the kind of clue I'd typically overlook. That aside, I thought there could hav ...more
I enjoyed this more than Chocolat, perhaps because I had nothing to compare it to. Harris' writing style is just as easy to read as chocolate, and this book is just as amusing a morsel (and just as likely to make your mouth water). However, I found it more nuanced and a bit less obvious than Chocolat.

Zozie is a much more satisfying villain than Chocolat's Reynaud ever was; and Anouk's sullen teenage resentment of (and at times, fierce love for) her mother and attraction to Zozie as a surrogate m
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty frustrated with this book. I enjoyed the writing and I thought the writing was good but the plot and the story just felt really drawn-out.

Usually Harris' writing has a really lovely slowness, like the gradual unwinding of a ball of yarn, but I didn't feel that way with this book. I really like her characters, particularly her female characters and how they were written but parts of the novel just felt totally forced in there for plot purposes.

Without spoiling it, I relished the big
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Dave
Shelves: fiction, supernatural
I didn’t realise that there was a sequel to Chocolat until a friend recommended it a few years ago. Then I happened to see a copy in the library and thought it might be fun to read, as indeed it was. The narrative picks up about five years after the events of Chocolat. Vianne and Anouk have been joined by little Rosette and are living quietly in Paris. Their relatively peaceful existence is upended by the arrival of the enigmatic Zozie. I found the split point of view between Vianne, Anouk, and ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I loved revisiting the world of Vianne and Anouk whose story we were so richly introduced to in Chocolat. I only found out a few years ago that there was a sequel to Chocolat and it’s been on my list of things to read for quite a while.

Four years have passed since the events in the chocolaterie. Anouk is now eleven and she has a sister, Rosette. Vianne is not quite herself. Events over the last few years have shaken her up quite a bit and she’s afraid to use even the tiniest piece of m
This book is very witchy. While Chocolat had suggestions of magic here and there, this book has actual witches and magic spells and stuff like that.

I like this series and will continue reading it, but I did have quite a few problems with this book. I don't think anything was really accomplished at the end. I bet I could've skipped over this book and started the next one without missing anything. Switching perspectives each chapter three me off. I hated the character Zozie, and not in a love-to-h
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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