It's not you, it's me." Some books just don't work for me, whereas other readers may have really enjoyed them. This feature will be showcasing books that I never finished or reviewed; you know…...the dreaded DNF.
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
Goodreads says, "A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws. Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel. Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can't shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth. When Summer's behavior manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she's forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living. With an ending that'll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel."
My Thoughts: I got about 25% through the book and at first it seemed promising. I mean a girl finding her way in Paris and attending school there....magical, right? But then I realized I despised the main character. She seemed too much of an anti-hero for me and she was complaining that she wasn't going to get her trust fund. All she needed to do to acquire the trust fund was simply graduate high school and attend a university by the time she was 22. That's it. But you would have thought they asked for her first born child. Plus, she was really, really troubled. I just wasn't feeling it, because I am currently lacking sympathy for white girls of privilege that self-sabotage their lives and have absentee parents.
So, what do you think? Have you read this book? What's the last book you DNF?