Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book Review - Confessions of a Paris Party Girl

Amazon's Book Description:  

Wine, romance, and French bureaucracy - the ups and downs of an American's life in Paris. This laugh-out-loud memoir is almost too funny to be true!

Drinking too much bubbly. Meeting sappy Frenchmen who have girlfriends or are creeps or both. Encountering problème after problème with French bureaucracy. When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to taste wine, stuff her face with croissants, and maybe fall in love. 

In her first book, this long-time blogger and semi-professional drinker recounts the ups and downs of her life in Paris. Full of sass, shamefully honest admissions, and situations that seem too absurd to be true, Vicki makes you feel as if you're stumbling along the cobblestones with her. 

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?

What I thought:

Paris.  Wine.  Croissants.  If this sounds like your dream getaway, then get comfy because Vicki Lesage is about to take you on a trip.   Confessions of a Paris Party Girl is a humorous memoir detailing the author's life in Paris.  The memoir is witty and on occasion a tad bit snarky - but that made me enjoy it all the more. The author shares her adventures - not only introducing us to a variety of people (I loved old creepy foot fetish dude) but letting us tag along to her favorite places.   We get lessons on French bureaucracy and witness the struggles of apartment hunting.

There's a lot of drinking as the title suggests and the author is honest in her recounting of events - even when she's not at her best.  (At one point - I felt sorry for her liver!)  But there's more to this story than the author's drinking. We get to watch as she grows and matures - as friendships/relationships develop and she embraces all that Paris has to offer.

I really enjoyed the author's writing style.  She describes her life and Paris without subjecting the reader to tedious details - yet, I felt as though I had ventured into the bakeries and bars along with her.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.