I received a copy of Confessions of a Paris Party Girl by Vicki Lesage in exchange for my honest opinion.
For the travellers out there, I would definitely recommend giving this one a go. Lesage’s memoirs about her time in Paris, beginning as a young twenty-something, are written as a string of amusing anecdotes. Anybody who’d ever ventured into the unknown alone is sure to recognise some of the situations she’s found herself in; standing in a building with a room key but no idea which room is yours, walking home barefoot from a night out because you know they’d rip you off because you’re not a local, the pain of lugging heavy suitcases up and down stairs when you’re lost, the excitement of hearing a familiar accent in a room full of people…
Less familiar, and more educational, were the stories about French bureaucracy and the red tape that expats face. Should I ever move to France, I’ll be well prepared with every receipt and pay slip I’ve ever received!
This book certainly lived up to it’s name. Twenty-something Vicki’s love for partying is well documented in this expat memoir. Somewhere along the line, her (sometimes excessive, in a way that all travellers have experienced) hard partying ways lead to all sorts of amusing stories. Later, as her Frenchie boyfriend – who reads like quite the catch – tempers her wild habits, and leads her to question whether she’s become old and boring. I know that feeling!
As Vicki grows up, her stories change, and this provides for readers of all ages to take something from her memoir. Personally, I think the book would resonate well with travellers, but perhaps hold less interest for those who are without wanderlust. Luckily for me, I have a healthy dose of travel bug, and gladly read anything that reminds me of the exciting life adventures to be had overseas. Lesage’s story is inspirational in that it shows that all it takes is one brave leap – or one expensive plane ticket – to change your life. It’s an excellent reminder of all the wonderful things that can come of such a leap. Travellers out there: get on it!! Check it out here. Let me know what you think!