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Thank you HaroerCollins Australia and Netgalley for an ARc of this wonderful book.This book was just the tonic for an Australian gal looking for a light, feel good read on a flight to Paris I have a new appreciation for The YA genre, and this was the perfect mix of characters, setting and storyline for me.Thank you for the opportunity to review this book I recommend it. This is delicious Like a Mille feuille, it s a multilayered read from the sweet custard of 17yr old Happy, lover of all things French, an irrepressibly upbeat character, to the crisp and flaky pastry of first crushes and life s harder moments Many laugh out loud moments, genuine characters, and ultimately as fulfilling as a whole slice of a Mille feuille just for yourself. This was great Paris Syndrome is an entertaining, fun read. Yes, Paris Syndrome is a real thing, who knew For lovers of all things French, this novel is pure delight. This is the third book out of four given to me by a friend a high school librarian who knows her books to read over the summer holidays.This book is set in Brisbane Australia so all the locations Roma St, South Bank, Milton, St Lucia etc were really familiar to me and I thought that would provide a sense of attachment The reality is though that for the first 1 2 to 3 4 of this book I was so disengaged I had no interest in the lead character Happy or in Alex 1 and his Appy or in the crazy Japanese professor story line or in Paris itself which is what this book is based on an irrational and blind love of all things Paris I was either going to DNF this book ha who are we kiddingme DNF a book or give it 1 2 stars But then about 3 4 of the way through the book changes and it becomes deeper and Alex 1 gets the flick and Alex 2 who I love and her talented chickens that I also love start to shine and the Sydney backstory emerges and I really started to enjoy it It is just a pity though as I think it just came too late for me and I think the whole Alex 1 Professor story line could have been given the flick and it would have been a much deeper and engaging story line if the focus has just been on Happy s relationship with Alex 2 and her mother so character development I usually love quirky but this just missed the mark for me and while it was well written, I think it was just trying to do too much and trying too hard when a simpler approach would have been to me far impacting. The Paris Syndrome addressed the idea that Paris is idyllic in one s imagination, but might not meet expectations in reality It s a story of friendship and romance, and sexual curiosity A cute coming of age story with a twist at the end I really enjoyed this book The cover caught my eye so pretty. Well, I am certainly cured of Paris Syndrome, thanks to Happy Alex Exuberant, but with a sad thread running through it.Different. 4.5 StarsThe Paris Syndrome was a pleasant surprise There s something about Aussie books that just have a soft spot in my heart The writing is always extremely different than lots of the other US and UK titles I read The characters are original and quirky, and the atmosphere of the towns are well described and I always get sucked into whatever world they ve built That s why I always say Aussies have some of the best world building skills in literature, because it s totally believable and you actually feel like you re somewhere.The Paris Syndrome was like when I had my first drink of Somersby Cider It was bitter sweet and it makes you feel all fuzzy and warm inside It s homey but it really brings out the emotions in you Wow ok, long analogy over.Before picking this book up, I had never heard of The Paris Syndrome I just thought it was the name of this book and that s all But hey, like I often do, I went and did some background research after reading this and all the talk of articles surrounding middle aged Asian women going to Paris and getting Paris Syndrome is completely real I ve never read about it in any other book or even heard about it in movies or TV shows, and it actually gave me a lot to think about I mean, if characters in this book had that syndrome, then it gives me the impression that I may get an equivalent for Japan That s kind of scary actually Anyhooo, this book was plagued withactually plagued sounds negative, but it was full of so many great themes and plot points Not only was Paris Syndrome a great central plot point, but so was making new friends and moving old from old ones In YA fiction we tend to romanticise friendship which sounds dumb andis dumb I m not saying a romantic relationship, but rather, making friends in new towns areas and getting over the pain of having to dismiss old relationships is a lot less pretty than it s usually made out to be And I think Lisa Walker totally showed what real relationships are I love that Can we also talk about the co worker or I guess boss employee relationship I loved it No, don t get your knickers in a knot It wasn t romantic it was kind of cute in an almost father daughter relationship way Generally in YA we see co workers always being of the same age and I m like whyyyy How does that miraculously happen each time Answer it doesn t If you re looking for a sweet and cute book but want some great writing, characters and overall a good Aussie OR FRENCH time, I think you need to get your hands on this book The cover of Paris Syndrome by Lisa Walker totally caught my eye when the book was released earlier this year and I was stoked to finally get my hands on the book last week Paris Syndrome is a charmingly sweet read aimed at young adult audiences but given its wide appeal, three generations of female readers in most families would enjoy this delightful story.Veronica Happiness Glass Happy moves to Brisbane in the summer before Year Twelve Happy and her mum have moved from Sydney after family breakdown and Happy dreadfully misses her best friend, Rosie Luckily, Happy s obsession with Paris sustains her during her loneliness When Happy wins The French Tourism essay competition she meets eccentric Professor Tanaka, hunky French Alex, and Brisbane gardener, Alex.Professor Tanaka identifies Happy to be at risk of Paris Syndrome an ailment afflicting overly enthusiastic lovers of Paris , and Happy agrees to help research the ailment and spends time with both French Alex and Brisbane Alex to further this end Happy is a quirky teenager whose love of all things French means her wardrobe consists of outfits inspired by the French film, Amelie She even gets a job at the local cinema because it is showing a series of French films.Readers will delight in Happy s journey through the summer where she proves herself to be quirky, fun, and true I particularly enjoyed the multilayered, intergenerational story and descriptions of Brisbane where I lived for a number of years in my youth.Paris Syndrome is a touching coming of age story and although it deals with some difficult issues at times, Walker deftly keeps the tone light Paris Syndrome is Walker s first young adult book and I hope to read teen fiction from her in the future Highly recommended for those who enjoy references to Paris and want an easy to read book with delightful characters. ^Free Epub ☠ Paris Syndrome ↙ Can Romance Only Be Found In Paris, The City Of Love Happiness Happy Glass Has Been A Loner Since Moving To Brisbane And Yet Still Dreams About Living In Paris With Her Best Friend Rosie After They Finish Year Twelve But Rosie Hasn T Been Terribly Reliable LatelyWhen Happy Wins A French Essay Competition, Her Social Life Starts Looking Up She Meets The Eccentric Professor Tanaka And Her Girl Gardener Alex Who Recruit Happy In Their Fight Against Paris Syndrome An Ailment That Afflicts Some Visitors To Paris Their Quest For A Cure Gives Happy An Excellent Excuse To Pursue A Good Looking French Tourism Intern Also Called Alex To Save Confusion She Names The Boy Alex One And The Girl Alex TwoAs Happy Pursues Her Love Of All Things French, Alex Two Introduces Happy To Her Xylophone Playing Chickens Whose Languishing Facebook Page Happy SponsorsBut Then Sex Messes Things Up When, Confusingly, Happy Ends Up Kissing Both Of The Alex S Soon Neither Of Them Is Speaking To Her And She Has Gone From Two Alex S To None