Book Review # 71 - French Bred

French Bred
(E book)


Frederic Guarino

Book Description: "Frédéric was a perfectly normal French boy. He lived on the outskirts of Paris, in a countryside setting, and his life seemed destined to be a quiet, predictable ride if you were willing to ignore a reasonably dysfunctional family, dangerous and colorful friends, a gorgeous English teacher, a near-paralytic attitude toward women on a romantic level, no self-confidence to speak of, and a habit of letting himself be dragged into twisted situations. Through the French school system, family vacations, beauty school, military service, complicated border crossings, wedding plans, and a ludicrously long trail of failed attempts at relationship, he remained barely sane enough to forge his own opinions on what, how, and why the French do the things they do. In this series of essays, he reaffirms or decries stereotypes, presents the pros and cons of the French lifestyle, but also shows that not all French men are smooth, sophisticated, or have all the answers about the female gender. However, if you’d rather read about car sickness, moped accidents, German flatulence, foul-mouthed grannies, beach side mishaps, tanks, or the wrong way to marry the right girl, you’re in luck! This book does that too."

"French Bred" by Frederic Guarino is a humorous, irreverent look into his life from boyhood through the beginnings of finding himself married to an absolutely normal woman and thinking himself the luckiest man in life. You'll laugh, cry, and cringe while reading all about his exploits. But you'll appreciate your normal family even more after reading about his dysfunctional, but loving family. I normally don't read e-books, but when Mr. Guarino asked if I would be interested in reviewing his book, I jumped at the opportunity to learn about the french from a Frenchman's point of view. It was interesting to say the least. However, since I didn't have the desire to read a 400 page book on the computer, ended up printing it off to read at my leisure. It was worth the extra effort. Thank you Mr. Guarino for giving me the opportunity to read your book.


  1. This sounds interesting indeed. Nice review. And I don't blame you for not wanting to sit at the computer to read it.

  2. I'm happy to say I made my butt sit at the computer (through many sits actually) and read it. One of the many times I wish I had an e-reader. But I so enjoyed this book and I'm glad you did too! I reviewed this I think back in April and I'm really happy to see another review up =)


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