Hope in Paris by Donnalyn Vojta

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Two for storyline and an added one because, as Rachel Leon on Goodreads said, “I decided that for books published by a small press, I’ll round up, adding an extra star since with less readers/ reviews, the star ratings matter more than a mega-bestseller.”

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I received a copy of Hope in Paris for review through Instagram.

It’s a book that was not well-written in any traditional sense. A ton of telling and very little showing. An unreliable narrator- though it didn’t seem like this was purposeful. If you view the poor writing as an intentional reflection of the teddy bear narrator then it’s possible to enjoy this book. If you want good voices no matter what then this is not the book for you.

Even if I disregard the writing I’m not sure why this keeps getting five star reviews with people raving about it being the best thing they’ve read all year. The most interesting thing about this book is the narrator and it literally just sits there looking cute. And talk about unreliable the thing flips between rooting for Mark because he does so much for Kelly (including giving her a black eye) and saying that Mark’s last girlfriend was totally justified in leaving him. So does the teddy bear think Mark is abusive or perfect? I don’t think even the teddy bear knows.

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