Bonjour Tristesse

Françoise Sagan

French and emo naïveté turned coquette frolicking around a rented villa on the Riviera — thematic pairings for an ideal summer read? Narrated by the precocious teenager not long after the events happened, it dramatizes her meddling in her “affectionate rogue” father’s love life while pursuing her own sexual conquest on the side. There’s something about Cécile’s voice that is beguiling though she seems a little too self-aware, even with a few months (or so) of hindsight to work with.

While the title translates as “Hello, Sadness,” it is also the French translation of the Billie Holiday song “Good Morning, Heartache.”