The Girl Who Reads on the Metro has proved to be a disappointment that I cannot recommend to anyone. Its beautiful cover and lovely subject make people believe that it will make you happy. It doesn’t. How hard it is to find a book that feels good and is good at the same time!
The Girl Who Reads on the Metro is a novel-like full of two-dimensional characters and absurd details (and hence disturbing flaws). The author expects you to believe things that are not possible and does not give any explanation. She puts the characters together, like glueing them together. As the reader, you find yourself asking, “When was this sincerity established? Are you crazy, my dears?”. She expects us to believe that this thing she wrote with a few author and novel names that she sprinkled here and there is really about books and reading. But no, it’s not. I am bored writing about it, ending my rant here.
I can say that the most beautiful and successful part of the book is its marketing. On the other hand, if you like popcorn books with no depth, you may like this.
Are there any feel-good and not-terrible books you could recommend to me? Please share!
The Girl Who Reads on the Metro
For fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Girl Who Reads on the Métro is the French phenomenon by Christine Féret-Fleury, ready to charm book-lovers everywhere.
When Juliette takes the métro to her loathed office job each morning, her only escape is in books – she avidly reads on her journey and imagines what her fellow commuters’ choices might say about them.
Then she meets Soliman – the mysterious owner of the most enchanting bookshop Juliette has ever seen – and things will never be the same again. For Soliman believes in the power of books to change the course of a life, and he’s about to change Juliette’s forever.
Christine Féret-Fleury began her career as a publisher at Gallimard Jeunesse. In 1996, she wrote her debut children’s book, Le Petit Tamour, quickly followed in 1999 by her debut novel for adults, Les vagues sont douces comme des tigres, winner of the Antigone Prize
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: