Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Paris Hangover

In looking for pictures of Paris, I came across more photos of Paris Hilton than I needed to ever see. I was looking for something beautiful, like the picture above.

If you offered me a trip to Paris, I would leave tomorrow, maybe even tonight. I have always been interested in visiting this city which is known for its history, fashion, art, beauty, sidewalk cafes, scarves and fancy women wearing red lipstick smoking cigarettes. Forget what they say about French people being rude, I don’t buy it. I want to go.

I let Paris Hangover sit on my bookshelf gathering dust for almost a year. I don’t know why. Maybe it was a case of judging a book by its cover. I wasn’t in the mood for a romance novel which is what I thought Paris Hangover was. I imagined it to be a tawdry bodice ripper, not my style. And by "Hangover", I guessed it was about a lot of partying and drinking. More my style, but still.

I tossed the book in my suitcase during a recent weekend trip hoping to find time to read. I enjoyed every opportunity I had to sit down, sip a cup of coffee and read the book.

Paris Hangover is about a gorgeous, successful, wealthy, extremely fashionable New Yorker named Lauren Klein (Ralph Lauren/Calvin Klein, perhaps?) who hears her biological clock ticking like a drum beat in a Motley Crew song. Trouble is her very wealthy, very good looking very French boyfriend doesn’t want to have a baby. On a whim, she chucks her lavish lifestyle and takes off for the glamour of Paris. She sets out to meet a handsome Frenchman and fall in love and have his baby. Just like that! Easy, right?

Naturally things don’t go smoothly for the beautiful, long legged, blonde haired Klein who has no problem meeting men, just a problem meeting men who don’t cheat or lie, who aren’t crazy, you know the type. She settles into life in Paris landing a dream apartment, making friends, hitting the hot spots, even at one point “entertaining” not one, not two, but three male models. WOW. I wondered how she paid for things since she was basically unemployed but I suppose thats where the "fiction" comes in. This novel is based on author Kirstin Lobe’s real life adventures by the way. 90% of the book is from her own life and I seriously want to know if that part (about the models) of the book was true.

I really liked reading about the places and things she writes of and Klein's foray into painting as a new career. Of course, I’m curious to see if Kristin has settled down with the French man of her dreams and has in fact, had the baby she longed for. Here is a link in case you want a book to transport you to another place, time and persona.

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Anonymous Leslie said...
I have a thing about Paris too...and the south of France. I don't care if they're rude either - I'm still a Francophile. In fact, I simply just love Europe in general. Anyway, I've been to Paris once and even though EVERYTHING went wrong, I would still go back someday. I didn't get to see enough.

Btw, I finally treated myself to your book - it was one of my 40th b-day presents to myself. Can't wait to start it =) @ 3:29 PM  
Blogger Distressed Jeans said...
Oh Leslie, I do hope you enjoy it and that it makes you laugh!

Someday Ill get to Paris...

xo @ 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I have an obsession with Paris. I am Australian so everything European is glamourous to me, but especially Paris. "Paris Hangover" has made me more excited than ever to visit this fabulous place and I am recommending this book to everyone, even my boyfriend! @ 11:14 PM  
Blogger kitkat said...
I read Lobe's book back in March and thought it was fantastic. It took me back to my Paris days (and nights!). The book was amusing, when reading certain passages I found myself shaking my head at Klein's preconceptions of the city and how it all ended up playing out. Her faux pas with the language were even more amusing, it reminded me of when I first started using the language on a daily basis.

On a side note, I had no problems with French people being rude. Of course I do speak French so I suppose that helped (and most were more than helpful when I had questions). It's really about being open to the culture. Paris is an international city so the people are accustomed to tourists and to speaking English. As long as you're not rude to them you'll be fine. @ 6:30 PM  
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