Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

romancing the darkGoodreads Blurb: A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.

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 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. With an ending that’ll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.

My Musings: Loved this book! Not an easy read, the main protagonist (who is a bit of an antagonist to be honest) is pretty self destructive. However I found her voice to be refreshingly realistic and raw. The plot twist in this isn’t exactly shocking (I guessed it around 30%), but I really enjoyed how it was done.

Mooney and Summer are beautiful together and the constant push and pull was great. Their relationship really reminded me of the song 2 Heads by Coleman Hell. Listening to that song after reading the last page was very satisfying.

I think that the way the novel approached the issue of teens and depression was very insightful and moving. As someone who has struggled with depression I found Summer to be achingly sympathetic yet frustrating at the same time.

The complex emotions that I had towards the main character the entire time while reading this prove to me that this author is very talented. Amazing debut! 4/5

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict:Buy

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

 

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