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The Girl's Guide to Summer

(I See London, I See France #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,906 ratings  ·  922 reviews
Sydney Aarons is leaving her Manhattan townhouse for a summer backpacking around Europe with her best friend, Leela. They're visiting London, France, Italy, Switzerland and everywhere in between - it's going to be the trip of a lifetime.

BUT... The trip gets off to a bad start when Leela's ex-boyfriend shows up on their flight out of JFK. When they touch down in London, Lee
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 15th 2017 by Orchard Books
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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)
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Megha Patel
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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  ·  review of another edition
what's funny is that if england won the semi-final... this book would have predicted the world cup final????

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,
Ms. Yingling
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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
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
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Catfairy’s First Thoughts

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

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
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sailor //
Contemporaries usually aren't my cup of tea but I decided to pick this one up because the plot sounded too fun to pass up. And the plot was probably my favorite thing about the entire novel. Basically it boils down to this: Sydney has been best friends with Leela her whole life, but now they're in colleges in two different countries and never see each other anymore. So for the summer they decide to go on a backpacking trip through Europe in order to rekindle their friendship. Unfortunately for L ...more
Ok. So it's that time of my life where I kind of realized that I'm tired of making myself finish books that simply don't deserve it. I stuck it through until they came to Amsterdam, okay? page 137. i really tried. first of all, let's start with the fact that this is one of THE whitest shit i have read lately.

she goes to london, and like, a man talks to them, and he has a british accent, and our brilliant main character goes "oh my god, i wonder if he knows mary poppins"?? what? what does that me
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
♫ gabi ♫
I kind of expected more from this. I really wanted Summer type feels while surrounded by snow, and I wasn't fulfilled with what I got. Now I know many people enjoy this book, but I am just here to be honest and express my opinion, so don't come for me.

The cover art and synopsis sold me on this book, and at first it was fun, but then things took an uncomfortable turn. Honestly the part about the sex shows while in Amsterdam made me cringe, every little detail, action, i hated it and was disguste
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Naima ✩
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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.

Since then, Sarah has written four additional novels for adults: Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, and

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“A friendship can't survive on childhood memories alone. We have to create new experiences, or the friendship will shrivel up.” 8 likes
“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.” 4 likes
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