Sydney cannot wait to embark on her first European adventure with her best friend, Leela. Leela was supposed to go with her boyfriend, but they broke up right before the end of their freshman year of college. Desperate to still go on an adventure, Leela asks Sydney to use her savings to backpack through Europe. This doesn’t happen without complication though, because she is anxious to leave her younger sister with her anxiety ridden mother for over a month.
The first stop on the trip is London, where the girls run into Leela’s ex, Matt. Matt also decided to do the trip, but with his best friend Jackson. Suddenly, Leela and Matt reconcile and Sydney is forced to spend time with Jackson, who she maybe likes but he has the reputation of being a player.
They go across Europe to countries like the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland. The beautiful places they visit are definitely the highlight of the book, because who doesn’t love Europe?
Sadly, we hated(and we mean hated) this book.
First of all, the characters were terrible people. Most of this book was uncomfortable to read because you can’t root for them to get their happy ending. Leela was whiny and manipulative; Matt came across as a total jerk; Sydney’s character felt conceited and self-righteous; and Jackson acted like your typical YA bad boy but never quite became the sweet, swoon-worthy love interest we all know and love. He has nothing on the #Bookboyfriendbattle YA guys. The only interesting and redeemable character was Kat, a friend of Sydney’s who only makes a few short appearances.
The romance in I See London I See France wasn’t even cute. Jackson and Sydney had very little chemistry and unlike other YA romances, this book did not give us any feels.
If you’re looking for a YA book with travels in Europe, there are plenty of better options. Do yourself a favor and don’t pick this one up. We were surprised how much we disliked this book, considering Mlynowski’s book 10 Things We Did We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) was adorable, funny and provided an all around enjoyable reading experience.
Rating: ⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (the second star is only for the setting)