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The Girl Who Reads on the Métro

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,578 ratings  ·  456 reviews
For fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Girl Who Reads on the Métro is the French phenomenon by Christine Féret-Fleury ready to charm book-lovers everywhere . . .

When Juliette takes the métro to her loathed office job each morning, her only escape is in books – she avidly reads on her journey and imagines what her fellow commuters’
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Mantle (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 ...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)
"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
Cindy Burnett
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
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.

Britta Böhler
I read this in the German translation which was a mistake...
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was weird and won’t be for everyone, but it’s a charming (if also odd) paean to books and book lovers.
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 ...more
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
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming little book about life, about transformation, and lots and lots of BOOKS!!! Probably better in its native French.
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 who
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 ...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.
A quick, charming book. A book for book livers, I felt. The author understands how important books are.

Juliette has a quiet life, it’s not bad but it’s not exciting. She’s ok with that.

One day she finds a book wedged in a doorway. When she removes the book, she meets a sweet little girl who takes her inside into a unique bookshop.

The shopkeeper tells Juliette that he likes to give books away. He asks Juliette to help him. She is to give the right books away to the right people and track their
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" He says that he's been to the ends of the earth, without moving from his chair."
This is a charming novel, for all of us who love books.
Laura Hoffman Brauman
4.5 stars. Utterly delightful. And I want to go back to Paris after reading this.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book would be more accurate if it was named: “The Girl who people-watched on the metro.” ...more
Nicki Markus
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Girl Who Reads on the Métro was a light, easy, and engaging read. It is a sweet story that has just enough depth to avoid becoming twee, and it brought a smile to my face as I was reading. I enjoyed picking out the literary references, seeing which books mentioned I knew and adding a few to my future-reading wish list along the way. This is a work that is certain to please booklovers looking for a quick, heart-warming, escapist read.

I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in
Melanie Page
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sjcpl
The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury, translated from French by Ros Schwartz, is a hard book to define or explain. A novella, yes. A contemporary novella, definitely. Not quite magical realism, but it feigns a left punch that way. Possibly existentialist fiction? According to the website Early Bird Books, an existentialist novel is:
. . .typically characterized by an individual who exists in a chaotic and seemingly meaningless environment, [and] forces the protagonist to
High Plains Library District
It’s nearly December, which tends to be a busy month for so many of us. So, I like to think that ‘tis the season for short books, especially if they’re heartwarming, and this one fits the bill. It tells the story of Juliette, who’s living a pretty ordinary, pretty boring life in Paris until she comes across a book wedged in a gate. The gate leads her to Soliman and his daughter Zaide, and rooms filled with books and the people who find them the right readers. Juliette becomes a passeur, taking ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘She had always loved the smell of books, especially when she bought them second-hand. New books had different smells too, depending on the paper and glue used, but they said nothing of the hands that had held them, the houses that had been their home; they had no story of their own yet, separate from the one they told–a parallel story, hazy, secret.’

The Girl Who Reads On The Metro is aimed at fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and aimed at all book lovers. The whole passuers was fabulous -
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my heart; this is such a beautiful, emotional story, a delicious mix of romance and adventure and a wonderful lesson to remember for all of those who consistently have their noses (and hearts in a book.

Juliette, a perfectly ordinary girl living a perfectly ordinary life finds out that her love of books can be so much more when she stumbles upon a precocious little girl and her father, distributors of books across Paris. From here Juliette's world blossoms in to an adventure she never expected
Sophia Janet
I received this book from Flatiron Books as part of a giveaway. It's such a perfectly little imperfect book, which I think is what makes it so lovely. It has its flaws but most beautiful things have those anyway. Ultimately, the message of this story is what prevails.

"I was covered in dust. It had built up without my being aware of it. Do you understand?"

This charming story is about a young woman named Juliette who is stuck in a rut of every day living, scared to change routine. Until one day
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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Après des études de lettres et quelques années de recherche universitaire autour des rapports texte/musique dans l’opéra, Christine Féret-Fleury a fait ses gammes d’éditrice avec Pierre Marchand, aux éditions Gallimard.

En 1996, elle publie son premier livre pour la jeunesse, Le Petit Tamour (Flammarion), suivi en 1999 par un roman « adulte », Les vagues sont douces comme des tigres (Arléa),