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I See London, I See France: 06/23/20
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski is a young adult/new adult romance set during a trip through Europe. Sydney and Leela have the perfect summer trip mapped out only to have it tossed all aside on the flight to London. Leela's ex-boyfriend is on the flight too.
In London the girls meet up with Matt (the ex) and his Canadian friend, Jackson. There's still a spark between Matt and Leela. This trip seems to be turning into the Leela and Matt show, with Sydney and Jackson in tow.
At home, Sydney, Leela and Matt are too young to drink and smoke pot. In Europe, they're the legal age on this trip. So they indulge. Leela's careful budget is tossed aside. It's nerve wracking and not the experience she was expecting, but it will certainly be a memorable one.
Some of the negative reviews cite the drinking/smoking/sex as the reason. While I personally didn't find it relatable (beyond the sex, as I was sexually active by age 19), I don't find it objectionable. They aren't breaking the law. They aren't making a nuisance of themselves. They are pushing personal boundaries but that's it.
I did, however, relate to Sydney's feeling of being dragged along on an adventure that she didn't plan and couldn't imagine. I've been on plenty of trips where that has happened in one way or another. Sydney's experiences are just more extreme than what I've had while on the road.