Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: A whole damn bottle of wine. For absolutely no reason. It’s a joy.
Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way.
Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves.
Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.
The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.
Drunk Overview: In this story, we’ve got our main lady… can you guess her name?… it’s Vanessa Yu…. She can read fortunes, but she really doesnt wnat to. They come at the most unopportune times and she liek… has to say them. Out loud. At that moment. She also is convineced she’s never gonna find love because how could she when she has this curse? We start the book at her cousin’s wedding, where they’re all so happy, and she’s all “he’s gonna cheat on you and it’s not going to last a year.” So her aunt, who is a world renouned (how do you spell that?) fortune teller is all, let’s go back to my place in paris and i’ll teach you my ways in how to control this. Enter a cute canadian boy and some past romance for her aunt and the story goes from there.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I thought this was so cute. Like so cute.
Characters: The characters were where this book shines. All of them, even the side characters like the rando uncle was amazing. There’s also the beautiful moral that you shouldn’t fight what you were born to do. The aunt so SO BRILLIANTLLY SAVAGE. Like, she has zero fucks to give. And she’s all “seriously, i know waht i’m doing why are you questioning me?” Vanessa’s journey is also one i relate to a lot. I’ve said this before, but I don’t plan on ever getting married, and my family, while some of them are fine with it, most of them either adamantly disagree or think i don’t know what i’m talking about. Which is really annoying.
Plot: It’s pretty shlow to be honest, but still adorable. There si the wonderful (not so wonderful) miscommunication trope but nothing can be perfect.
Writing Style: I listenened on audio, and it was pretty awesome, i’m not gonna lie.
World Building: This was pretty phenomenal because there’s magic and NO ONE QUESTIONS IT, even in what seems like modern time. It’s pretty great.
What to pair it with: This is a dirty shirley. A shirley temple and vodka. This book is sweet but also hits you right in the face.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,