Author: Gayle Forman
Published January 8th 2013 by Dutton Juvenile
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Sometimes you just don't like the main character. Sometimes they just rub you the wrong way. But sometimes it doesn’t matter that much because you can still like the book.
Allyson and I are simply incompatible. She's running away from everything that I am: a med student, a girl who doesn't let her emotions get in the way, someone who would never ditch the Louvre to go in a boat ride. Maybe it’s only me, but I was kind of offended by everything she said and did.
So because Allyson is such a huge part of the story, it made it kind of impossible for me to enjoy a big portion of the book. However, it was good to watch her grow and stop being so self-centered. I have to say that to me, obsessing over a boy you knew for one day to the point that you start failing your classes and stop making friends, that was just pathetic, too Bella Swan for my liking. But I am the first to admit there have to be girls out there who see that in another light, maybe even romantic, and who am I to judge?
The only redeeming thing about Allyson was that she kind of let lose by the end of the book. When she goes back to Paris, one year after she met Willem, she is a whole new person. And I liked her much more, even though I still thought going back to Paris to look for a boy you met one day was stupid.
Now, Willem. What can I say about him except that he wasn’t even that talkative. In every paragraph Allyson states that he’s laughing and smiling and being awesome and I was uninspired. Don’t get me wrong, he was a cute guy who had a deep, awesome conversation about falling in love and being in love, but it was just one conversation. I couldn’t fall in love with him because there was so little to fall in love with.
I ended up not hating the book only because it had gorgeous descriptions of the setting, and the writing was flawless, but I thought it did nothing to stand out from the ever-growing pile of travel-and-find-yourself-in-the-process books, and I’m not sure I want to know more about the story or the characters.