Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan

book cover of Bonjour Tristesse

So this is the story of Cécile, a seventeen-year-old upper-class French schoolgirl with this kind of womanising, playboy dad. Playboy Dad more or less lets Cécile do what she wants, but then he randomly decides to marry someone he just met (?) and she is actually a pain in the arse, so Cécile spends the rest of the novel scheming to get rid of her.

I did find it vaguely amusing, and I enjoyed Cécile’s cynicism about love and her relationship with Cyril, but overall… it was an amusing little read but not much more than that.


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