Title: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light
Author: Ann Jacobus
Publication: October 6th 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
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.
I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley for my participation in the blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is a book with a facade. At first, I was only seeing Summer as a shallow girl who makes bad choices. It actually took me a while to see through her more. All she thinks about is drinking (alcohol), and meeting someone to hold hands with. She is an unlikable character to begin with. I really find her… sketchy. But as the story goes on, I get to know her better and where she’s coming from.
Summer meets 2 boys in this story. Moony is a friend she needs. He’s considerate towards Summer and encourages her to overcome her struggles. Kurt on the other hand is a boy that screams danger.
Kurt’s character was intriguing at first. There were hints thrown in the first parts to show what’s his role in Summer’s life. Honestly, I didn’t like him. But I guess the readers are really not supposed to like him. Although, his character did a good job on emphasizing what really Summer is going through and how vulnerable she is.
I really commend the originality of this book and how it speaks about depression in an imaginative way. The suicidal thoughts the characters were having gave me chills. It’s actually my favorite part of the book. It’s a curious thing.
Confession: I was expecting a very romance-y book when I first saw this book. That 8-word title actually had me. But as I read this book, I then realized what the title is all about.
“Kindness is like hope. It feeds hope.”
“Second chances are glowing stars, but some memories are black holes.”
“Don’t back down.”
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