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The Girl Who Reads on the Métro

3.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,972 ratings  ·  318 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 metro rid
Hardcover, 192 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 in Metro". Marketing masterminds decided to call it "The Extraordinary/Unusual ...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.
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. ;)
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
Edit: Re-read in February 2019 for the Pop Sugar 2019 Reading Challenge - prompt: A Reread of a Favourite Book ★


"The Girl Who Read in a 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 giv
Britta Böhler
I read this in the German translation which was a mistake...
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.
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
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
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.
Alina Maria Ciobanu
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.
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
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a book lover and a francophile, I really enjoyed The Girl Who Reads on the Métro and would give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

I particularly appreciated the way in which Christine Féret-Fleury hinted at contemporary issues, such as the recent terrorist attacks in France, and how events like these make it easy to be suspicious of others and hide away from the modern world. This book prompted me to give more thought to the power of books in this context, in terms of broadening horizons and developing
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute, not really engaging book. The bookish theme is amazing, especially in the end with the blue minivan. I liked Juliet, she's sweet and she overthinks everything, just like me. Also, I liked the fact that the book is set in Paris, because I was recently there and I was able to recognize the metro stations and places while reading. I was missing dynamics and maybe more emotions though, it was a bit confusing and not so interesting at moments and there were also some really unnecessary moments ...more
Alexey Udalov
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Neelam Babul
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
A good story with a promising plot but the story was not presented well. I expected more in the story and it just failed to pick up the pace.

Juliet works at a real estate firm in a boring job. Her only excitement is on the ride in the metro when she notices a few people reading books. One day, feeling unable to go to work she decides to take a different route and ends up meeting Soliman and his daughter, Zaidie. Soliman is a book lover and wishes to spread the love for books by using passeurs t
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about books. What‘s not to love? Apart from the really long-winding sentences it was very well written and had lots of interesting characters.
Jessica Landberg
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming and warm story about the love for books, and how they can actually change your life. Feel good for book lovers!
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
In the spirit of Parnassus on Wheels, The Girl Who Reads on the Métro is a charming novel about the loves and lives of books and the people who love them. Not only will you enjoy reading this delightful little novel, but your to-read list will instantly grow afterwards!
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars for the fact that the references in the book are very good and the idea of analysis and correlations is applaudable.
Nevertheless, the story lacks “something” or more of this/ these “something” : scenario barely attractive and a bit forced, the characters crying out for more space - they seem buried in boxes and taken out just for a little bit as the story unfolds while in my opinion they need much more visibility and understanding.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book was a complete disappointment for me. The annotation was good enough to want to read the whole book. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out how I expected it to turn out. The content of the book didn't get better as I got deeper into it.
I DEVOURED this book – under two hours and devastated when it ended, the story captured me and held me in thrall – Juliette is cautious, nervous and a bookworm, with a life structured around “safety’ and the sameness of routine. If you are a person who reads enough to start a blog, or always finds 2 or 3 different books at your fingertips in your everyday ‘carry bag’, you can completely relate to Juliette’s feelings about her books, and the fact that everywhere she goes she notices books, gather ...more
Jessica M
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it

The Girl Who Reads on the Metro is a charming, brief tale about literature, friendship, work, and the love of reading. Juliette takes solace in observing what other people read on the metro. When she’s introduced to a gorgeous, enchanting bookstore and its owner, Soliman, her life takes an interesting turn.

This book is unusual in its pacing and plot — many events in the book don’t seem plausible, nor believable, and things move incredibly quickly for them to be relatable. And yet, I do
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

The Girl Who Reads On The Metro is a cute little novel which is being marketed towards 'fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Elegance of the Hedgehog'. Personally, I'd substitute Waiting For Monsieur Bellivier for the second of those two. I liked losing myself in this story and could certainly empathise with both Juliette and Soliman's desire to hide in books rather than facing up to the real world. I loved the idea of the passeurs w
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Lighter than a cream puff, but still leaving a trace of sweetness behind, The Girl Who Reads on the Metro is the tale of Juliette, who loves books but actually doesn't spend much time reading. She's too busy watching others lose themselves in books or trying to match up lost souls with a title they've been missing out on. In her travels around Paris she decides to move on from her real estate career, and meets a
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was very kindly given an e-arc of this book through Netgalley & Pan Macmillan.

This book had the best of intentions. A quirky story about a woman who finds the power of books after stumbling on a secluded book emporium and its strange owner. She then goes about becoming a passeur, giving books to the people who truly need them. The story, in itself, is hugely interesting and when you stripped the book down to its bare bones it had some lovely parts and brilliant quotes about the power of l
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
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this quirky translation from French about a woman who is still searching for... Something.
On the metro she reads. Every day she watches other passengers, looks at their books & wonders at their lives, what they must be like.
Instead of going straight to work at the estate agents one day she gets off the train on a whim ' walks, until she sees a book wedging a door open... And so she opens it & goes in. Her life is about to change.
This is going to be the go to book for many g
Lydia Bax
This is a fine little story about the power of books, with only heart-warming characters (well maybe Chloé can be a bit bitchy sometimes). However, the style of writing didn't really appeal to me (or the translation, I can't judge the writer as my French is not that good). The sentences can be quite long without a clear structure, which made me read them multiple times, which annoys me. It is a kind of story that doesn't need difficult sentences, it needs to be an easy read. Besides that, I enjo ...more
Bruin Mccon
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-ebook
The Girl Who Reads on the Metro is a quirky little book about a book lover who finds she’s on the wrong path.

Did you love The Bookshop on the Corner? What about The Little Paris Bookshop? If so, you’ll probably like TGWRotM but not quite as much.

It’s a book about finding your way in the world and weathering storms. And it’s a romantic little tale about books. The book list at the end is everything.
3.5 ⭐s.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great concept - specific books that are meant for people to help them change their lives.
The main character Juliette stumbles into helping with the distribution of these books - unfortuntely the writing is convoluted at times so I had to push myself to finish the story.

Near the end of the book the author seems to settle into the true story and the writing actually becomes better. If the start of the story had been better, the characters given more depth, and the story lines not
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