30 Sep BOOK REVIEW: THE GIRL WHO READS ON THE METRO BY CHRISTINE FERET-FLEURY
I was instantly drawn to The Girl Who Reads on the Metro. One of my favourite things, when I lived in the UK, was to read on the tube. My reading time became precious and it allowed me to read many books.
The protagonist of the The Girl Who Reads on the Metro, Juliette, lives a fairly ordinary life in Paris. She holds a slow, unexciting office job, dates uninteresting men and for most of her life travels and lives within a small radius of her childhood home. The highlight of her days are her metro rides to work and back, making up stories about the regulars on the train based on the books they read.
One morning she gets off at the wrong stop and finds herself in a street she’s never been before. An old, rusted gate, kept open by a wedged in book, catches her eye and she enters unable to ignore her curiosity. Inside she discovers a tiny, overcrowded bookshop, run by a peculiar, yet endearing man, Soliman. Mistaking Juliette as one of his new passeurs, she soon takes on the role of taking the second-hand books on her journeys through the city and by using her intuition match them with the perfect people in need of their wisdom.
Little did she know that by entering the gate on that day she was walking into the interesting and enchanting lives of Soliman and his daughter Zaide. One day, Soliman asks Juliette to move into the store to take care of Zaide and the bookshop while he’s away. Meeting the little family, the other passeurs and matching books to people changes Juliette’s life in unimaginable ways.
The Girl Who Reads on the Metro is an easy and delightful read. The overarching theme of the book is about the wonders that await all of us if we are brave enough to leave our comfort zones, doing something we love and finding the joy in the little things.
I highly recommend reading the book if you’re in the mood for some daydreaming.