Alrighty, folks. I read this book AGES ago, and was instantly smitten.
I’m posting my original review from Goodreads here as a kick in the butt to go out and read the second story! I’ve been in a reading slump, so mayhaps this throwback review is just the inspiration I need.
Allyson, the obedient and safe good girl, embarks on a European tour as a high school graduation present from her parents. But when she meets the good looking and cosmopolitan Willem at an independent production of Twelfth Night in London, everything changes. Daringly, she joins him on a sudden, whirlwind trip to Paris- for just one day. While experiencing the City of Lights, an undeniable connection develops between them. The next morning, however, Allyson finds herself alone. The book follows Allyson over the course of a year as she puts her life back together and discovers who she is and what she truly wants out of life.
Maybe I enjoyed this book so much because I could relate to Allyson’s character- falling in love; having that flame snuffed out; working through the feelings of loss, insecurity, and sadness; growing apart from life-long friends; assessing one’s strengths and what really makes one happy; and risking disappointing loved ones by deviating from the plan. This book was real life. It delved into messy emotions, strained relationships, and difficult choices young people often face when they come into their own person.
This book definitely earned five-out-of-five stars!!
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