Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile, both novellas by Sagan have been on my TBR for years, and I am so glad I finally read them.
There was no particular reason I wanted to read them other than that I heard so many readers speak of them, tho not about them. I was intrigued.
I had no idea that Sagan was only 18 when she wrote Bonjour Tristesse, but reading the novella I had been wondering what age group the author was writing for. You see, I didn’t connect with the main character. She was quite young mentally and I was wondering if this was a novel that would now be found in the YA/NA section, except the writing is far too accomplished for NA.
On the other hand, there are far more issues and layers to the stories than I’d probably expect from a YA (never even mind NA…) book. So, even if the novellas fit on either of those shelves – both certainly feature the angsty young people pursuing love interests as their main plot – the novellas are also more than they appear. I’m just not sure, that the reader is given much of a chance to explore the additional issues before the main plots – the romances in both novellas – end.