Review: Failing Paris by Samantha Dunn

Failing ParisTitle: Failing Paris

Author: Samantha Dunn

Pages: 151 Pages

The Blurb

Failing Paris is the story of a week in the life of Sabine Wilcox, the 19-year-old student who has left the stifling rural existence of the American Southwest in exchange for a year in Paris. But the City of Light offers her no refuge. With only one week to address a dire problem, Sabine’s past and present painfully collide. Her life intertwines with two men who prove to be both more, and less, than they first appeared. This is a first novel by a young writer whose work must not be overlooked. Nominated for the PEN USA/West FICTION PRIZE 2000

The Review

Boo. I hate writing negative reviews but this book was just not worthy of a good one.

Failing Paris is the story of Sabine Wilcox – a young girl from America studying in France. So far, so good, except that is where the concept gets a little lost and muddied. The story takes place over a few days and is about how Sabine tries to fix a problem that she has encountered.

Great a story set in France with a clear conflict – a great start…except that it just it. There is nothing to make the story plausible or even readable. It just merges into one big confusing blur that doesn’t evoke sympathy or emotion.

Maybe I am being too harsh. Towards the end, the burgeoning relationship between Sabine and Abe does elicit some interest from the reader but it is too short a part of Failing Paris to be actively interested in.

Overall, Failing Paris failed as entertainment.

Failing Paris by Samantha Dunn is available now.

1 star


  1. 6th February 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Shame that you didn’t enjoy the book but I’m glad you still posted the review as there are bloggers that don’t 🙂

    • 7th February 2016 / 1:16 pm

      I suppose the logic is that anything written is better than something that hasn’t been written…as a wannabe writer I guess it is better than what I haven’t written 🙂 x x

  2. 6th February 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Sorry the book was a disappointment but like Lindsay thank you for sharing because a lot of people don’t include negative book reviews.

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