Paris for One is a collection of short stories by Jojo Moyes, anchored by a story about a woman who was stood up by her boyfriend for a romantic weekend trip to Paris. I picked this book up because I had recently travelled to Paris and I also really enjoyed Jojo Moyes’ most iconic work, Me Before You.
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away–to anywhere–before. Traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone–including herself–wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is quintessential Jojo Moyes–as are the other stories that round out the collection.
The most memorable story in this collection is the first one: the story of Nell, whose boyfriend failed to show up for their romantic weekend trip to Paris. Nell was completely out of her element – she floundered until she finally found her footing in the city of lights. I honestly would have loved a full length version of her story, rather than a short story. Outside of Nell’s story, the rest of the stories from this collection were pretty forgettable. I remember enjoying some of them, but just two days after finishing the book, I couldn’t tell you what any of the other stories were about, they’re that forgettable.
Overall, Paris for One was a fun, quick read. The story about the woman going solo in Paris was by far the most interesting, best developed story in this collection. This is a book that I wouldn’t recommend that you buy – it has very little in the way of readability and would make a perfect library book. If you’re booking for similar stories of being a fish out of water abroad, check out Anna and the French Kiss or Much Ado About You. 3/5