Review: Romancing The Dark In The City Of Light by Ann Jacobus


Category: YA Fiction

Published: October 2015

Read: June 2016

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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 behaviour manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she’s forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living.

Review: This book was completely different from what I expected. I honestly thought it was going to be a book about a troubled teen who goes to Paris finds love…and that is it. A lovely teen book. My mind was BLOWN. It was so much more than that and I couldn’t put it down and completely loved it. maxresdefault

Summer is a troubled teen for sure, she is a partier and likes to drink…a lot. She also has body issues and self esteem issues. Being in Paris she is there to finally finish school and graduate to go to college so she can inherit her Grandfather’s money as per his estate. She meet’s Mooney (who is easily the best character in this book) who has a lot of physical problems because of a bad car accident years earlier. His outlook on life is upbeat and positive despite his many problems. They pick up a great friendship, I was worried at first I thought Summer just liked him for the sake of it but again I was wrong. Than there is Kurt, who is dark and mysterious and pushes her to party and drink and think bad about herself. I never really got this attraction because he was always described as having a slightly off smell….which is a  no go for me.

You see the downward spiral for Summer as she is torn between the two while trying to finish school, come to terms with her father’s death (which is a suicide) and try to take control of her drinking problems. It’s a perfect storm for a big build up and an ending that is crazy and beautiful and sad and real all at the same time.

I also loved how after the story there is some information on how to spot symptoms of depression and suicide and how to help someone if you suspect they are feelings these things.

It was well written and even when Summer was doing really bad things you root for her. I couldn’t put it down and was happy I read it. I was going to read it and put in a yard sale but I can say I am going to keep it now. It’s a story that every teen should read at some point. It’s a hard story but one that I think is important.

This is a great story and I think most people will love to read it. That is why it got such a high score with me.



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