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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  38,167 ratings  ·  3,854 reviews
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away--to anywhere--before. Traveling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone--including herself--wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: indepe ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Pamela Dorman Books
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Margaret Paris for One is the longest story and the most interesting. The other stories are not memorable. The main character in Paris for One is a lot like Lo…moreParis for One is the longest story and the most interesting. The other stories are not memorable. The main character in Paris for One is a lot like Louisa Clark.(less)

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Irena BookDustMagic
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Paris for One is collection of two novellas and 9 short stories.

My favorite story (or I should say novella) was Honeymoon in Paris. It is a standalone novella, but is also connected to Moyes' full lenght novel The Girl You Left Behind. 80 pages long, the story follows two couples placed in different time, separated by 80 years, who's stories together make a whole. Even though I really liked it, I think I would appreciate it even more if I have read the novel.

Paris for One is second best in this
This book has nine stories about troubled relationships from the perspectives of the women in each. The first, Paris for One, is the length of a novella while the others are all short stories. I liked some more than others but really enjoyed them collectively. The narration performances were outstanding and contributed greatly to my overall reading experience. Below are short summaries of each with my reactions.

Paris for One
Nell and her boyfriend Pete are off for a weekend in Paris, or so she t
Paris for One and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by Jojo Moyes. In my opinion, most all of the stories are entertaining and engaging, although some were more enjoyable than others for me personally. Fans of women's fiction will surely be able to connect with a few if not most of the pieces. It's a great collection. Check it out!

Paris for One and Other Stories includes the following titles. The ratings and mini reviews are based on my personal enjoyment and reflect my opin
I originally read Paris for One about 2 years ago. I rated it 4 stars and I thought it was a good short story. I was impressed by the fact that it focused more on a connection between two people rather than force some kind of insta-love. I didn't enjoy it as much this time, I don't know if that is to do with the fact that my tastes have changed or because I wasn't reading it for the first time. I think it was the former and I do think my tastes have changed slightly, but I rated it 3.5 stars thi ...more
Vanessa S.
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2017-reads
Last summer, I attempted to read my first Jojo Moyes' book, Windfallen, and quit after about 60 pages in because of the writing style. I decided to give her writing another go with Paris for One and Other Stories, but, sadly, I felt much the same about these short stories. I enjoyed Paris for One fairly well, but the other stories were somewhat irritating and forgettable. I was hoping I'd like this more, and I still plan to read Me Before You and After You, but this was a miss for me. ...more
Connie G
Jojo Moyes is known for her engaging books that look at romantic relationships with insight and humor. This is a collection of nine contemporary stories. After reading weeks of depressing political commentary in the newspapers lately, it was fun to escape to this light, entertaining book. It was just what I needed!
enqi ༄ؘ 。˚ ⋆♡
A lighthearted, romantic collection of novellas and short stories about love (and its falling outs) by Jojo Moyes. I breezed through it in just two nights!

Not the best book, but I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a simple, uplifting read. I think this was pretty effective in getting me out of my reading slump. My favorite story from this book was Honeymoon in Paris, and Paris for One was a close second!
Dash fan
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4☆ Great collection of short stories

This is my first book by Jojo it was a fun read with some great stories.

Each short story is very different.
However they feature romance, some humour, breakups, secret love affairs, a little mystery and lots of different emotions.

They give a portrayal of life and the problems women face within marriage and relationships. Not every story is written with a happy ending.

Paris for one is the main story and it literally is what it says.... Nell embarks on a trip wit
Prabhjot Kaur (Away)
Live in the moment

Paris for One and Other Stories is a collection of eleven short-stories. Some of these stories are a little too short and only a couple of them are on the longer side. Every story is about a married couple except for Paris for One. Honestly, this collection was a huge let down as I only liked five stories. No wonder it took me a long time to finish reading this.

1. Paris for one - 3 stars

Nell is going to Paris for a weekend away with her boyfriend, Pete. She is waiting at the t
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Paris for One and Other Stories was a charming and touching collection of short stories involving troubled relationships. Each story had such a strong and dynamic voice. I felt like each narrator was so distinct and well developed for having such short stories. I loved the way the author wrote the stories and how each story was unique and memorable. I knew I loved JoJo's writing style, but this book just reminded me of how much I truly loved it! I liked some of the stories more than others, but ...more
Sonja Arlow
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-read
Meh, this is standard chick lit.

The first story was quite good and it was much longer than the little stories that followed and if I am honest its the only story I remember. The rest are very forgettable.

I needed something light to read for a few days and this filled the gap but its not a book I will actively promote.
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

'Paris for One and Other Stories,' is a collection of eleven romantic shorts with JoJo Moyes the headline author and writer of the main title. Paris for One offers easy, light romantic reading and is my first outing with this author. I was highly anticipating that I would enjoy the writing style but unfortunately, for my personal taste, it was lacking the power in the prose to engage my attention or convincingly draw me into the story. I found myself disengaged from the characters and felt some
Elsa Rajan Pradhananga
A collection of 2 novellas and 9 short stories about free spirited women tapping into their confidence. Jojo Moyes looks into their relationships with discernment and gives us a peak into their seemingly perfect lives.

Between The Tweets, hands down one of the best stories in the collection, is an ironic story of a woman who drummed up a controversy around a celeb’s name by anonymously tweeting about his alleged affair. She did this just so that he is relevant again. The extent to which some wom
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ ½
Genre: Romance + Contemporary + Short Stories

This is a collection of short stories. Paris for One is the longest story in the collection, it is around 150 pages which is more than half of the book. The remaining stories are very short. The stories have different themes. They are all contemporary. Paris for One is about Nell who is stood up by her boyfriend when they were supposed to travel together to Paris and have a small vacation. Nell takes the chance and goes alone. There she m
Toyni Erica - Queenoftaless
Easy, fun read.. Makes me want to drop everything and go to Paris!
Coryanne Hicks
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: light-hearted
This is the sign of authorial success: Being allowed to publish a bunch of stories you wrote during puberty and having it sell well.

Under-edited and under-whelming, Paris for One & Other Stories definitely strikes me as the sort of slap-dash work authors often get away with publishing after becoming a success. The sort of stories that make you wonder if they were written B.S. (Before Success) or A.T.W.D (After the Wells Ran Dry). Either way, the definitely feel like a collection published solely
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't usually like short stories, but this collection was very enjoyable.
It was satisfying to read the stories during my commute to work. The book ended appropriately with a short Christmas story. Total chick lit, but good!
chloe yeung ♡
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
an actual conversation which took place when i was around 10% done with the book:
my sister: what are you reading?
me: oh, this? it's from the author of me before you, about a woman exploring paris on her own because her boyfriend ditched her.
my sister: oh i know how the rest goes. she meets a frenchman, also freshly ditched, and they fall in love.
me: no way, this plot is way overused and jojo moyes would never write something like it.

how wrong i was :)

paris for one and other stories isn't super b
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author. This book starts with the novella Paris for One - I think of it as a novella as most short stories don't have chapters.

I really liked Paris for One. The writing is so open and engaging that I read this novella of 100+ pages in one sitting. Great female characters and not all the men were worthless. Very enjoyable.

The other stories in the collection are darling. Some remind me of stories by O. Henry. The women are very real. The stories are lighthearted with
Paris for one is the main story in this collection and introduces us to Nell- who never "does" any of the things- she overthinks, plans, and uses excel to make all her major decisions. She books a trip to Paris with her boyfriend- except he's a complete wanker and doesn't go. I really enjoyed this story and the others are much shorter but equally charming.

I'm not a huge fan of short story collections, but this was delightful.
Book Wonderland
The title story (Paris for One) was really great (I had to rate that seperately too) but unfortunately the others were not my type of stories, so that's why the low rating.

Ratings for every story:

Paris for One ★★★★★
Between the Tweets ★★
Love in the Afternoon ★★
A Bird in the Hand ★
Crocodile Shoes ★★
Holdups ★★
Last Year's Coat ★★
Thirteen Days with John C. ★★
The Christmas List ★
This was my first encounter with JoJo Moyes writing and I have to confess that I was somewhat reluctant after reading all the angsty and teary-eyed reviews of Me Before You. I'm a chicken about really heartwrenching stories so I held back. But then I spotted this short story collection and thought it might be safe enough.

Well, I made a good call I think, but not because Paris For One was devoid of angst. No, this was a fantastic collection that gave me an idea of the writing gift the author dis
Angie Elle
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC from the publisher.

3.5 stars

If I was rating this book just on the short story Paris for One, it would easily be four stars. While I really enjoyed Nell’s story, I did find the synopsis to be a bit misleading. Nell doesn’t take the plunge and go on her mini-vacation alone. She heads to Paris assuming her boyfriend will be arriving shortly thereafter. He doesn’t show up, and through a series of events, she finds herself staying in Paris (as the title suggests,) alone. I found it really easy to
Thewife Ofbrian
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not for me.
Judy Collins
A special thank you Penguin/Viking and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

JoJo Moyes returns following After You (Me Before You, #2) with a romantic and entertaining novella PARIS FOR ONE AND OTHER STORIES.

A Parisian Holiday Delight!

Nell is excited while waiting to take the train to highly-anticipated Paris when texting her boyfriend. He is not going to make it! He will meet up with her later (possibly). Shocked and angry, this was supposed to be a romantic getaway and h
The Lit Bitch
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to romance, there are few better than Jojo Moyes. Her stories are always so full of emotion and heart.

Over the years I have read quite a few of her novels and each novel is unique and I always have a hard time putting them down. The main characters are always interesting, well drawn women and the romance elements are tenderhearted and emotionally charged.

I don’t read a lot of short stories or collections of stories as I prefer a fully developed novel where I can focus on one charac
This ARC was sent to me by Penguin UK via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to both publisher/netgalley for sending me this :)

Usually I leave my DNF without star ratings, since I feel like because I haven't read it all I shouldn't be marking it. But I feel strongly with this one and my low rating at this moment in time. I am in no way closing my mind to this book, I might come back to it later, but right now. . . no.

I don't think short stories are for me. I feel like within this
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. It's the first collection of short stories that I've loved every story. Jojo Moyes outdoes herself with this novella and and 8 short stories. The novella, Paris for One is great, about a young woman discovering she can be responsible for her own happiness and doesn't need to kowtow to a boyfriend who thinks only of himself. All the others are quick reads that are all about being happy. Great read and will be a perfect stocking stuffer since it's due out mid-October. ...more
Akshara Gnanendra
Oct 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Very dull, largely substanceless chick lit. Unrealistic, bland, agreable and predictable storyline. A waste of time and a dull predictable story line with misleadingly bland messages. Don't read this if you value your time and your right to read quality literature. ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Read for the June BOTM , for the "Chick Lit Book Club" here at Goodreads. I loved "Paris for One", but found the other short stories disappointing. ...more
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Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is mar

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