Book Review of How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are

I recently decided to start a book review category here at Coffee Guaranteed, as I love reading, and part of my recent post on how to organise your life was on educating the mind. With this in mind, my first book review is on How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest:

Book Cover: How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are


How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are is a witty, yet truthful account of the life of a Parisienne (almost like a ‘day in the life of’ account). Written with a sarcastic tone of voice, the book has flair and provides an aspiration for any young woman looking to become more aloof. Granted, not every woman will agree with every area in this book, however there are parts of the book which could easily be used to improve your own quality of life. I particularly liked some of the fashion advice which came from this, such as buying an expensive, yet simple white T-shirt, which may cost an arm and a leg, but will last much longer and be of much better quality than, say, a Primark equivalent.

Inside the Book: How to be Parisian

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In addition to the fashion advice, the book also has some nice, simple recipes (which may take a while to cook but are easy to prepare), and some great tips for different locations to visit. These include brunch places, restaurants, museums and more for all you  foodies and culture lovers out there.

Best Quote

“A story should have a beginning, a middle and and an end, but not necessarily in that order”

The reason I like this quote so much is because it perfectly describes the life of any person. All of our stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, however often we know the outcome long before we’ve even gone through the journey itself. This does not mean that we should shy away from taking the journey, it simply means that some journeys are worth taking, regardless of whether the outcome is known or not.

Where did I hear about How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are

I actually read about the book in the March issue of Glamour Magazine, where a number of other books were highlighted as being great reads  (to be reviewed as and when I have read them).


I would give this book 4/5 Stars, the reason being that whilst it was a funny and light read, there was not a huge educational factor in it for me. I do feel slightly more cultured and knowledgeable of a Parisienne’s ways, however my next read, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, has a much greater educational value to me. If you are looking for a light, sarcastic and witty read, I would certainly recommend this book!

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