Thursday, April 11, 2013

French Milk by Lucy Knisley

Title: French Milk
Author: Lucy Knisley
Source: Borrowed from the Library
Series: No
Rating: 3/4

Goodreads Summary:

A place where young Americans can seek poetic magic in the winding streets of a beautiful city. The museums, the cafs, the parks. An artist like Lucy can really enjoy Paris in January. If only she can stop griping at her mother. This comic journal details a mother and daughters month-long stay in a small apartment in the fifth arrondissement. Lucy is grappling with the onslaught of adulthood. Her mother faces fifty. They are both dealing with their shifting relationship. All the while, they navigate Paris with halting French and dog-eared guidebooks.

This book was sort of meh. I wish there was a better word to describe it but I really cannot think of one at this point. This is about Lucy and her mother who go to Paris together when Lucy is in her early 20's. Lucy recently finished college and she leaves her boyfriend John to travel to Paris.

I liked the beginning and I though the story would be more about Paris itself but it seemed to focus more on what was going on with Lucy and not a much about Paris. The synopsis on the back of the book made me think this would be a story about Lucy's relationship with her mother but it focused more on what was going on in Lucy's head.

The plot was a little flat, Lucy seemed more focused on her life back home and did not really seem to embrace her life in Paris. When Lucy did explain about her life in Paris it was detailed and interesting, I loved the art in the novel, I thought that Lucy was a really good artist but overall the book was not what I thought it would be and it was a little bit of a letdown. I gave it a 3/5.

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