Two bickering young people roam the City of Love together.
Serena Fuentes, a Latinx Columbia student, did not come to Paris to find love. But the family becomes a solo expedition after her mother has to attend a conference in London and her older sister, Lara, working as an au pair in Paris, ditches her to go to Madrid with her new boyfriend. Serena had everything mapped out—she and her sister were going to visit and photograph all the places their parents went during their honeymoon to create a scrapbook of memories for their 25th anniversary. Instead she ends up touring the city with Jean-Luc, a half-French, half-American friend of Lara’s boyfriend and a currently uninspired photography student. Believing that this loud American girl is his best shot at saving his school project, Jean-Luc follows Serena around, trying to convince her to abandon her itinerary and see his idea of a more authentic Paris—much to her annoyance. There is an undeniable sweetness to this story’s predictability and unoriginality. Serena and Jean-Luc are verbally sparring one minute, then bonding over familial challenges the next. Comedic hijinks are balanced with moments of emotional struggle and realization, keeping this story lighthearted and assuring readers that their perfect match might be found in unexpected places.
Rider (Kiss Me in New York, 2017) does it again—another quick and merry read for rom-com lovers. (Fiction. 12-16)