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The Girl Who Reads on the Métro

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  6,257 ratings  ·  1,018 reviews
In the vein of Amelie and The Little Paris Bookshop, a modern fairytale about a French woman whose life is turned upside down when she meets a reclusive bookseller and his young daughter.

Juliette leads a perfectly ordinary life in Paris, working a slow office job, dating a string of not-quite-right men, and fighting off melancholy. The only bright spots in her day are her
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Hardcover, 175 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Flatiron Books (first published 2017)
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Caro the Helmet Lady
So finally here comes my review... First of all I want to congratulate our greedy Lithuanian publishers for such seemingly innocent and fun idea coming out villainous as changing the title of the book to a completely different one to lure the unaware native Francophiles to purchase their product. As I noticed here on GR in every other language the title is a direct translation of the original one, that is "The Girl Who Read on the Metro". Marketing masterminds decided to call it "The Extraordina ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
A sweet quick read about a woman who uncovers a mysterious bookstore and bookseller, a group of people who carry books around until they find the person they are meant for. And those other readers on the métro come back around in interesting ways. Most books similar to this are couched in romance and I liked that this one wasn't, although it still has other delights.

I had a copy of this book from the publisher in Edelweiss, but read it before it came out... it comes out mid-October 2019.
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Krystal
I spent most of this book being confused about what was happening, but it was still cute. Plus it's about books so no complaints there!

So we have Juliette - who is quite an odd duck, to be perfectly honest - who lives a dull life and spends her daily commute reading people who are reading instead of her book. Then one day she happens upon a door held open by a book and it leads her to meeting Soliman, who is a recluse living in an apartment full of books. Soliman has people who deliver random bo
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Brittany
This book sounded SO cute. And it started in a very interesting way, but quickly fell off. Juliette makes up stories about the people she sees regularly riding the Métro, especially about the books they read. But they the reader is supposed to believe her book obsession without her actually doing much reading herself. She was more interested in people watching and daydreaming while even mentioning the lack of reading she had done for a very long time. I just didn't buy it.

But the book quickly f
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Marjolein
Well. I guess this book is supposed to be romantic and poetic and lyrical. The main character is probably supposed to be a passionate dreamer and the setting is supposed to be idyllic. In my opinion, this book is none of these things. It's pretentious and shallow and just kind of weird. The way it's written feels like something that shouldn't be allowed but is considered literature. There are way too many relative clauses (idk, is that what it's called in English?) and way too many comparative d ...more
Monica
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small jewel. A book about books. Who can resist that? :D I know it doesnt have much of a story, much of an action, but it talks about books in a new way. From an interesting perspective. Perfect for a rainy day and you are caught somewhere for an hour or two. Keep it in your bag. You will never know when you finish it and somebody else needs it. ;)
Cindy Burnett
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

THE GIRL WHO READS ON THE METRO is a joy to read from start to finish. An ode to booklovers everywhere, this gem of a book follows Juliette as she rides the Paris metro to and from work and muses about her fellow passengers and their reading choices. One day she stumbles upon an old bookstore and is recruited by the owner Soliman as a passeur, the name he uses for the individuals who take used books from the store and match them with just the right owner.

Meeting Soliman and his daughte
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Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
It seems like such a good book! Kind of reminds me of This Beautiful Fantastic (a movie I love!).

It's not! I was seriously disappointed with this one, the cover and title and synopsis seemed so good, adding that it was so short but I didn't like it. I find all the books that "booklovers" write to be horrible. You'll get amazing quotes, but no substance or story. I felt like the writer had an idea but didn't write it well.

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Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
"The Girl Who Reads on the Metro" is a little charming book, and I truly wish it could be translated into English so that more people get to read it.

It's a story of Juliette who leads a quite ordinary life working at the real estate agency, until one day she stumbles upon a mysterious bookshop. There she meets an even more mysterious man, who gives her a stack of books. Now Juliette is supposed to find them new owners but they can't be just any people. She needs to observe and really feel who ne
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Amber J
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

I didn't really like this book. It was boring. The only thing I really did like all the references and love given to books in the story. That's why it got a 2 star instead of just 1 star. I just couldn't connect with the characters or the story in any way really. Maybe it lost something in the translation? I
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Laura
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I was in the mood to be swept away by a quick, light read and picked this one up. It had that The Shadow of the Wind vibe about it, but on the lighter side of the scale. I did enjoy it, and could've finished it in one sitting if I didn't need to eat, which is usually a great sign. But it fizzled for me at the end. I even reread the last couple of pages several times, thinking I had missed something, but if so, I missed it again lol.

It could just be me, but looking at the GR rating, m
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L. McCoy
This will probably end up being more of a rant than a review TBH, just figured y’all should know going in.

So my main problem is this book is boring as shit. I didn’t give a fuck about the plot, characters or anything else in this predictable yet also confusing book.
I also didn’t realize it until now but the idea of a book that’s entire appeal is how books are great is actually a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, a plot involving books and/or a character who’s into reading can be great IF IT’S NOT TH
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Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I think this is just a book/reader mismatch. The premise is cute but it reads almost like a historical novel/contemporary literature-ish type style that I'm just not very fond of. I couldn't connect to any of the characters, wasn't a huge fan of the dialogue or choices. However, the suggested reading list in the back give this book a little oomph. It makes sense though as the majority of those books are ones I wouldn't pick up. SO at the end of the day, just not a book for me in particular.

I thi
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Iulia
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a disappointing read, an awful start to the year.
Jess
DNF @ 25%

This one sounded cutesy: a Parisian girl takes on a mission to find the perfect home for unwanted books. Alas, the execution was agonisingly poor.

Perhaps something was lost in translation. The Girl Who Reads on the Métro appeared in English for the first time back in October; if it weren’t for the stunning proof copy I spotted on the shelf in our staff room, I doubt I would have come across it – and I certainly wouldn’t have sought it out. But some things are just objective. The prose i
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JimZ
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This novel is light fare. It was OK…a quick read. 2.5 stars.

It was too cutesy for me. I picked it up from the library on Saturday…what attracted me to it what the illustration on the dust wrapper, and the fact that it was a novel translated from French (2017) to English (2019). The book at one point reminded me of the delightful movie (well at least to me!) Amelie (2001, Audrey Tatou) – Amelie at times through her small acts of kindness touched people. In this novel, Juliette, a young woman, pic
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Emma
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit weird. The premise sounded quite promising, but in the end the actual book didn't really meet my taste. I think one of my main issues was the weird rhythm this novel has. I believe this book could have been longer in order to give the chance to the story to be better fleshed out. It would have helped the flow of the narrative in my opinion.
Also, I wasn't okay with some remarks Juliette made towards Soliman, I found them deeply uncomfortable and problematic.
I don't recommend t
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Colleen Fauchelle
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I would say books are the main character in this very lovely story
Tien
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this is a book that I would've picked up on my own initiative. The cover looks so very cute and it's set in France so really, I would have felt, yea, maybe... then gone on and forgot all about it. Thanks to the publicist at MacMillan Australia though for sending me a copy because I so loved reading this book.

I was at the stage that I needed something light and this book was just perfect. It was written in such whimsical tones and yet, it wasn't chirpy in any way. In fact, when you
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Karen Whittard
This book is very much more than meets the eye. It isn’t just all lightness and happiness. This book tackles lots of important issues like the terrorist attacks in France and how sometimes it’s hard to trust people in this world, and how we all need to learn to trust each other and be kind to one another again. Also for book lovers. It’s very easy to like the main character as she really loves books to. It’s a very easy book to read and it’s quite short. Perfect for a holiday read or when you do ...more
Mellie Antoinette
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is essentially a book about loving books in that very French way - like they’re baguettes and berets, essentials of a life well lived. It throws in a Resistance like backstory, but when you clear out those cobwebs, you’re left with the smell of leather and the crumpling of pages, the quotes that drive us and the nonfictional lives we dream of. In and of itself, that is a comforting gorgeous description.
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
This sounded perfect to me, but sadly I was disappointed, it’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did. I just found it could have been so much more and better, it wastes so much opportunity, it spends too much time being pretentious. It’s a quirky light read, but could have been so much more

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Kayla Rayne
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately this book didn't have a flow that I could sink into. There was one chapter that really captured me and a few places that gave this book a redeemable reading experience. Unfortunately, this book had a problematic trope and unnecessary problematic language aimed at an Iranian character. Content warning for suicide and parent death. ...more
Rebecca
2.5/5?

It started nicely enough but I didn't care for the direction the story went. Some nice quotes though!
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Carlos
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars for this book.
The story felt interrupted at times and the plot suffered for it. The plot itself was good enough that it was still readable but at some points you lost the flow of the story.
Tracey
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love, fiction, favorites, paris
This is my first five star rating in such a very long time.
This book is so incredibly beautiful to read that I know I never will let it go and definitely will read it again when I need some peace in my life .
A beautifully descriptive book , the language and words so poetic .
Kim McGee
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have found my life's ambition - I want to be a passeur! In this slim masterpiece, we follow Juliette who has a dull job and a long commute so she studies the other commuters and what they read on the metro. One day she follows her heart and instead of going to work ends up at the doorway of a most unusual bookshop, as unorganized as the man who runs it. As soon as she smells the old page smell and sneezes from the dust we know she is there to stay and so she becomes a passeur who passes on boo ...more
Milena Reinherz
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I give it a full 4 stars. Yes, it's slow paced, doesn't have much of a story, the characters barely touch the surface, but the true characters here are the books and it's written with the sensibility I have only found in french and japanese authors so far. It's a story of finding oneself guided by the magic of books. ...more
Alina Maria Cristea
It's the title that made me curious to read this book, I myself being a fan of reading in the subway. :P I liked the premise -- finding the right book for people to read, but I wasn't captivated by the execution. ...more
Samantha
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was weird and won’t be for everyone, but it’s a charming (if also odd) paean to books and book lovers.
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