Book Review: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light By Ann Jacobus

Posted December 7, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light By Ann JacobusRomancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
Published by Macmillan on October 6th 2015
Genres: Depression & Mental Illness, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Macmillan
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Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.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 the right 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 manage to alienate everyone, even Moony, she's forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living. With an ending that'll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Ann Jacobus' Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.

“Romancing the Dark in the City of Light” is an intense book. Summer’s life is a mess. She has been kicked out of boarding schools and she really doesn’t care about finishing school. Summer’s father is dead and her mom is always traveling, so Summer is pretty much on her own. All Summer truly cares about is finding the right guy. She feels that if she were to find the right guy then that would solve all of her issues. When I say this book is intense, I truly mean it. “Romancing the Dark in the City of Light” covers depression, self-worth, alcoholism, and negative thoughts. Summer is very much influenced by people around her.

I really felt bad for Summer because it seemed like her mother just didn’t bother trying to be around for her. Summer ends up having to battle all of her issues on her own. I think it would have been better for her if her mother bothered to be around. Summer needed her mom and she wasn’t there. One couldn’t help but feel for Summer. I always love it when a character can overcome their problems in a book. If you don’t mind reading a depressing but really good story, this is a great book to read.


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