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I See London, I See France

(I See London, I See France #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,480 ratings  ·  841 reviews
I see London, I see France, I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfr
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Tiffany This does not seem to be a young adult book at all, its more like a poorly written New Adult book.
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Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This was a really cute summer contemporary! It was also definitely one of the better YA travel novels I've read. I felt like I was back on my own backpacking trip in Europe that I took earlier this year, so the nostalgia definitely helped me enjoy it more, especially since I've been to all but one of the places they went to! I do have quite a few thoughts to share so I will do a video review as soon as I'm caught up with them (I have a ton to do still)
Cait • A Page with a View
Oh wow I loved that. Absolutely loved it. This book was straight up fun. The characters were so hilariously real and the writing was strong enough that the whole story just breezed by. I seriously felt like I just traveled through Europe with some really good friends!

I'll admit the cover and description made me a bit hesitant to pick this up. I was expecting something on the younger side of YA, but this was such a fun surprise. It's lighthearted, yet deals with some serious issues and never fee
may ❀
DNF @ 35%

i really,,,,wow this book was awful. and i couldnt even make it through amsterdam.


i could supply you with a list of reasons why this book didn't do it for me, but i dont have the energy for that.

just know that resting on the top of that list is when the main character's best friend's ex CHEATED on her all it took was this explanation:

"“It was just a stupid kiss. It didn’t mean anything. I was freaked out. We’re only nineteen,
1.5 stars?

I don't know what to say about this book. I feel like what I read was not the same book from the synopsis.

Sydney was a decent enough MC. I struggled with {okay, straight up hated} her BFF Leela. Their dynamic was toxic and though I could get over a bit of lingering resentment, I got tired of reading Leela do whatever she wanted and Sydney just taking it.

The travel portion of the book was good. I did feel like I had actually gone on parts of this trip. It definitely didn't read like a
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Check out my full review and many others at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

One of the best ways to travel, as mother of three children, who cannot take a month off from life to backpack around Europe is to read books! I love picking up books set in Europe, because it is one of my greatest dreams to travel the continent someday and soak in the rich history and beautiful sights. Unfortunately, in it not in the cards...or the budget during this phase of my life. When I saw I See London, I See France by Sara
Mackenzie Lane
Dec 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 STARS ✨

Listened to this on Audible & it was my first time listening to an audiobook! Kinda wish I'd picked a book I actually liked, but oh well 🤷🏼♀

I didn't think the characters were likable or relatable, at least not to me. They were actually incredibly annoying & immature.

I saw in one review that they thought the mental illness aspect of this book "felt like an afterthought", and I couldn't agree more.

Even the traveling bits were subpar. Just not a good book, with ABSOLUTELY no p
Jennifer Nielsen
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a rare book that makes me laugh out loud, and Sarah has definitely achieved that here. This was a delightful book and I'm so excited to see more are coming.
3.5/5 stars

I See London, I See France is the first book in a new series. I believe that the next book will have different narrators, but be set in the same world (there was a small sneak peek at the end of this story which leads me to believe this).

The book is being touted as Young Adult. But I'm not completely sure what I think about that. The main characters are all 19 and have completed one year of university. There are sex and drugs in this story. However, these scenes are not graphic (which
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wat een fantastische summerread!!
Last van een dipje? Dit is hét boek om er vanaf te komen!

De twee jeugdvriendinnen Leela en Sydney gaan 4,5 week citytrippen door Europa. Allebei laten ze hun problemen achter zich in Amerika, maar allebei treffen ze nieuwe problemen...

Het is heerlijk beeldend geschreven en je waant je samen met de personages in de steden. Je proeft nog net het eten niet zeg maar, al loopt het water je wel in de mond! De auteur heeft echt gigantisch haar best gedaan om land- en st
Megha Patel
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yeah this book is not what I imagined it to be.

I was hoping for a cute, fluffy story but what I got was a teenager who can’t stand up for herself and a best friend who is hella annoying.

Sydney is the girl who handles everything. She takes care of her mom back mom, which I really liked. But she still worries every 2 seconds while she’s on vacation. I get it its her mom but she had to trust her sister to take care of her while Sydney is away. She also can’t stand up for herself. She practically pl
Yusra  ✨
Jul 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
what's funny is that if england won the semi-final... this book would have predicted the world cup final????

Ms. Yingling
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline



I love this author, I love books about traveling around Europe, but Sydney and her friend Leela travel around, smoke pot and see a sex show in Amsterdam, get drunk, and have sex. It made ME wildly uncomfortable. This isn't even for high school students, in my opinion. Definitely that New Adult category. Although not as much cursing. While I wish my own travels around Europe had included hot guy, t
Meh. Too juvenile for me..but it did get a little teensy bit better at the end. Also I love all the food and sightseeing references..

Full review TK
Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
I'll keep this short like my attention towards this book.

What's Good?
*Little, though shallow and saccharine, tidbits about each city they visited (I've visited several and, to tell the truth, it's the reason why I finished this book).

*Short chapters.

What's Bad?
*Bland characters. I forgot Sydney's (the protagonist) name throughout the book because she bored me to no end (Her family drama, sadly, added nothing). Leela was a manipulative snot to the point of being an antagonist. Kat was okay,
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was a lovely read. Refreshing. Also, I love travel-themed books but not all of them are uber-cool. This one was. 💖💖💖
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:

Review: I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Yikes. I would have DNFd this book at 30% had it not been for a mutual silent agreement with my pal Michele of Just a Lil Lost that we were going to power through together. I really, really hoped that it would get better, that the mental health representation would go deeper and be a little stronger, or that I would like the characters and the premise more. But nope.

Sydney has just finished her first
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was such a great story about backpacking, and I definitely liked the plot. It was fun to read about travelling through Europe when you live in Europe yourself. The things that I didn't really like were the clichés, and Leela's behaviour. Leela was so egocentric sometimes, it was just so annoying at some points.
Stacey (prettybooks)
Yesssss. I am loving all the summery travel stories that 2017 has thrown at us. I went from accepting that I'll never get to go on holiday to constantly thinking about my next trip, even taking my first solo holiday this year. In The Girl's Guide to Summer (titled I See London, I See France in the US), 19-year-old best friends Sydney and Leela are off on a once-in-a-lifetime European adventure, visiting England, France, Italy, Switzerland, just to name a few.

I live in Europe, but I've never been
Anatea Oroz
If you're like me and all you want to do is travel the world and you have this epic dose of Wanderlust, this book will be a perfect read for you!

Backpacking Europe is on a to-do list of - I'm pretty sure - 99% of the people. I mean who doesn't want to spend a summer in Europe?! I am lucky enough to live in Europe so I travel all around, all the time (See my Instagram), but Sydney and Leela only have one summer to do it. To spend a month traveling around Europe, where they visit some of the most
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
If you like a book with a definitive happily ever after, this is not the book for you. Most of the time, I'm okay with that, but considering Sydney's trip and the implications of her summer romance, I need some sort of closure. More than a few words in a text, at any rate. Beyond that, this book was fun. I've always wanted to backpack across Europe, and though I could have used way more description, it kind of felt like I was on said trip. And some of Syd's travel tips just might come in handy i ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Im freeee!!! I did it i finished this book i really was gnna give up lol but i did it! There was so much about this book i didnt like. First of hated Leela so whinny and wanted to babyed and wanted everything to change just cause she said so. Hated Matt the douchiest of exs. Annoyed as hell by Sydney i did not feel at all bad for her like seriously. The only one I actually found tolerable and didnt wanna rip out my hair was Kat. Also the romance with Sydney and Jackson was not even insta love it ...more
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Sarah Mlynowski is an author I have heard about through the Whatever After children’s series and when I found out she was writing a book about two best friends that go on an insane European adventure I just had to pick it up!

One of the first things I love about this book is the title of the book and the cover! The overall representation of the book just sucked me into my own little book vortex and I just had to gobble it up asap! The writing of this book is light and flu
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
If Anna and the French Kiss and Just One Day had a baby, it would look a lot like this book. But with less angst and more laughs.

Sydney is nineteen, has just finished her first year of college, and is traveling through Europe on a last-minute trip with her childhood BFF Leela. She struggles to balance her need for a break from life and worrying about her mother and sister back home. Leela is no walk in the park either. Seriously, girlfriend is a Drama Queen with a capital D. Even fictional me w
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3,5 ster.
Het idee is erg leuk alleen waren er veel punten waardoor ik het boek niet uit wilde lezen. Stereotypering, vooroordelen, standaard dingen doen in de landen en Leela die ik wel kon verbranden. Daarnaast werd het wel leuker op ten duur. Oke deze recensie is niet zo enthousiast maar het is echt zo’n chaos boek en ik heb gemengde gevoelens. Wel zin om te reizen nu though.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I kind of immersed myself into reading contemporary books lately. So when I see both London and France terms, I immediately packed up my luggage and get on the train. Let me give my tour guide to the places they've visited.

LONDON: If you're planning to come here, make sure you're a Batman/Bruce. Without bags and bags of money, you would be scavenging the garbage. Even the afternoon tea and Sandwiches will cost you so much that you would whine why you came here of all places. It's not that you ca
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This review is also on my blog https://princessofbookaholics.wordpre...

About: Sydney is spending the summer traveling around Europe with her best friend Leela. They have everything planned out but their plans detour a little as they meet Leela’s ex and his friend and all goes haywire. The places they see and the things they do are all described in this book.

Characters: The book is told by Sydney’s POV. I love Leela though she’s a bit disregardful of Sydney sometimes. Syd
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
College-age Leela was hoping to spend the summer in Europe with her boyfriend, but plans change when her boyfriend cheats on her. Leela then asks Sydney, her best friend, to go and before they know it, they have planned an incredible summer. They are going to Europe for over a month and visiting all the places they have dreamt about. But things don't always go smoothly. For starters, Leela's ex-boyfriend is on their flight to London leaving them wondering why he is still going to Europe? Sydney ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
What a cute book. I'm so glad I won an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway because I really enjoyed it. It was light and quick, a perfect summer read, and I could really identify with Sydney and her anxiety of leaving her responsibilities at home and trying to make things the best for her friends. It read so fast and I loved every minute of it. I can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy for my shelves.
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Sarah was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with an honors degree in English literature from McGill University, she moved to Toronto to work for Harlequin Enterprises. While she never met Fabio, she used her romance publishing experiences to fuel her first novel Milkrun.

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“What house do you belong to?” “Ravenclaw,” I say. The clever one. The woman hands me the blue Ravenclaw scarf. “You’re also kind of a Hufflepuff, don’t you think?” Leela asks. “Hardworking, loyal . . . Although last night you were a total Gryffindor. So brave.” “Maybe I’m Divergent,” I say. I pose under the Platform 9¾ sign, point my wand, and smile for Leela’s photo.” 3 likes
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