Jo Jo Moyes’ PARIS FOR ONE And Other Stories: A ReviewJo Jo

This 2016 novelette with eight other equally delightful shorter stories was an impulse pick up at the local Library, partly because it was in big print, and partly because our Third Tuesday Book Club had read Jo Jo Moyes once (maybe twice) upon a time.

Nell, who is twenty-six years old plans a mini-trip, more of a romantic weekend, to Paris for her and her boyfriend, only to discover upon arriving at the airport that he is a no-show. She has never traveled out of the country and has never traveled anywhere alone. Nell decides to go it alone, and we follow her on the “most adventurous weekend of her life. Like many of Moyes’ novels there IS a “happy-ever-after-ending” but not necessarily the one the reader expects, and the plot takes many twists and turns to get there.

The other stories were equally as good, some extremely short, and not all had “happy endings.” My favorite was “Crocodile Shoes,” which posited that just as “clothes make the man;” shoes make the woman.”  Some stories were ones of long-time married women given the chance at something “more,” and the decisions of whether to grab them are varied and interesting. The book is “funny, charming, and unmissable,” just as advertised on the cover. It is Moyes at her best–a MUST for fans.  Clever!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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