Romancing the Dark in the City of Light
Thomas Dunne Books
October 6, 2015
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Travel, Fiction, France
A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can't shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth.When Summer's behavior manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she's forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living. With an ending that'll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.
I love how different Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is. It is different from your usual YA romance, different from your typical book set in Paris, different from what you're expecting.
Summer is finishing high school in Paris, something many would dream of - and love. Summer, though, does not really want to be there. She is only there because she has to be, having been expelled from four boarding schools during high school.
It is not only her repeated senior year that has Summer failing see the beauty in the City of Light. Her depression, her tendency towards substance abuse, her troubled relationship with her (mostly absent but Pairs dwelling) mother, her father's death and all that is expected of her combine to make things too much for Summer.
Though she often has a maudlin outlook, Summer is a character who is easy to connect to and sympathize with. Her outlook is different than most characters we get . Her personality, her viewpoint and her actions are only shown to better effect (and often magnified) through her Kurt and Moony's place in her life.They are such contradictory characters, each appealing to - and bringing out - different sides of Summer.
The more we get to know each character and see how how Summer interacts with them, the more evident the real juxtaposition of who they are and what they want and expect out of Summer becomes.
I loved Summer. There were times I hated her decisions and times I loved or appreciated them. Her pain and her struggle were apparent, even when I was against what she was doing - or how. She is a flawed character, who is in pain and struggling but she's well written and someone you feel for.
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is a fresh, unique, well written read with fantastic character (with great histories), I am very much looking forward to what Ann Jacobus publishes next.
So, I am not actually supposed to do a Dream Cast - see the schedule for which blogs are - but I quickly imagined one character in Romancing the Dark being played but, well, another character, so . . . .
|Christian Grey as Kurt|
(in no order)
"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" ~ The Beatles
"The Crow and the Butterfly" ~ Shinedown
"The Last Night" ~ Skillet
"Day Drinking" ~ Little Big Town
"Take Me to Church" ~ Hozier
"Get Up Offa That Thing" ~ James Brown
"Suicide Note" ~ Kyle Spratt
"Whiskey" ~ Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds
"Weight of the World" ~ Marc Broussard
"I Need Another Drink" ~ Hinder
"Through the Ghost" ~ Shinedown
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Ann Jacobus earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lived with her family for many years in the Arabian Gulf and in Paris, France. She now lives in San Francisco where she writes, reads, volunteers weekly on a suicide crisis line, and frequently resorts to crock-pot meals of canned soup, fowl and whatever's in the fridge.
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