Summer isn’t turning out the way Molly planned…Looking forward to six weeks in sunny southern France kept Molly going all through exam revision. But she didn’t count on the loneliness.Communicating in a language that’s not your own is hard.Living with someone else’s family is weird.And spoilt, moody Léa would rather spend her time with a neverending stream of boys than botSummer isn’t turning out the way Molly planned…Looking forward to six weeks in sunny southern France kept Molly going all through exam revision. But she didn’t count on the loneliness.Communicating in a language that’s not your own is hard.Living with someone else’s family is weird.And spoilt, moody Léa would rather spend her time with a neverending stream of boys than bother with Molly.Maybe Molly needs to stop playing gooseberry and find a boy of her own?...
|Title||:||How Do You Say Gooseberry in French?|
|Number of Pages||:||258 Pages|
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How Do You Say Gooseberry in French? Reviews
"We'll come [shopping] too," Sophie says. "Leave the boys to do boy stuff.""Very sexist," Alaine tuts."Ridiculous," Philippe agrees. "I like shopping.""For bicycles," Laurence says."And cycling clothes to match your bicycles," Léa adds.Philippe looks at Alain. "My wife and daughter don't understand me," he says."Don't look at me," Alain says. "I don't understand you either." (182)Highs: There's a moment when a boy tries to push Molly further than she wants to go, and after the fact she experiences a pile of self-doubt and self-recrimination. Not that that's a high point in itself, obviously, but that's such a common experience for girls (to feel responsible in that sort of situation), and it's nice to see it represented. Molly's experience of learning French is another positive; it's unclear just how much she's studied the language, but the gaps in her understanding all felt very plausible. Some things she gets and some things she misses, and there aren't any major misunderstandings that unrealistically propel the plot forward; similarly, while some of the people she meets have more patience than others with Molly's French, they don't make her out to be 'that weird English girl with bad French'.Lows: I would have liked a better understanding of Molly—who she is when she's at home. I don't think I really know, beyond that she's a good student and not so into the partying scene as Léa is. Léa was also a bit of a puzzle; I found it really interesting that although Molly disapproves wildly of Léa's relationship habits, the other characters largely shrug it off. (Not a low, actually; I expected it to go the slut-shaming direction, but it mostly doesn't.) Definitely wanted a better understanding of how Molly ended up in France, as it took me ages to understand that she and Léa are penpals (although Léa's a pretty lousy penpal, so it seems like a minor miracle that the two ended up in the same country at the same time, not once but twice).And in-betweens: Although the description ends on a note of Molly finding a boy of her own (since Léa is too busy running around with boys of her own), the more interesting relationships she develops are platonic friendships, and it's not immediately clear who The Boy is, which pleases me. (I tire quickly of YA romance and its insta-love qualities.) I rather doubt Molly and The Boy will last (bit hard when you live in different countries and only spend a couple of days as a couple before the holiday ends), but it's cute.I received a free copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway.
*Won from giveaway*I won this book from a giveaway and it was definitely a pleasant YA easy-read. There was little plot but it actually worked and I found myself connecting to the main character. Definitely a nice book to read over the summer if you're looking for something easier and light-hearted to read.
I received this book from the author as a Goodreads giveaway. Although my teenage years are far behind me I really enjoyed this book. It took me back in time and evoked many memories ( I'm so glad we didn't have technology then!) of my teenage years. The main characters are very likeable, I was a "Molly" and I certainly knew a "Lea" or two! It was lovely to read a YA book that was very "real life". I would recommend the book if you are a teenager or have a teenager. Thank you Claire!
I won this book not that long ago in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I had hardly placed it in my bookcase when my 17 yr old granddaughter wanted to read it. Am still waiting for it to be returned!My granddaughter's verdict was that it was excellent and that she really loved this book. Reckons that it is one of the best books that she has read in a long time! Taking her word, I would recommend this book to the late teens, although I'm sure other age groups would enjoy too.
The best book I've read in a while about teenage friendship, belonging and difference. Beautifully written and completely evocative of being English in France, spending a whole summer with a French family. Each chapter is a delight. Would recommend to teen readers and also to any older readers who have been on a student exchange.
Absolutely brilliant! Characters are so real and so adorable, and places are so well described you can feel like you are there yourself. The situations are funny and realistic. The writing is an absolute delight. I will be definitely coming back to this book!