I think you'd like Lane Smith's _It's a book!_ It's adorable and great in many ways, for kids and adults.
I spend time in France and e-books are not very popular there. Physical books are.
It's always interesting to compare airport selections at Charles de Gaulle and at Logan, Dulles, or Philly.
Book prizes are top of the headline news, supermarkets carry the equivalent of Pulitzers, and they have a "Back to business" time for books (also for politicians, it coincides with the national day for back to school); it's called "la rentrée littéraire" and is as ubiquitous in late August/early September as "Summer style" issues in April. The "French literature" exam that the top 50% students take was 2 days ago and had the following topics: "Human nature since Renaissance in French literature" using excerpts from Montaigne, Rousseau, Voltaire, and Yourcenar (they had 4 hours to come up with a 3-part literary essay covering nearly all points linked to the topic as presented in the texts as well as using their personal forays into literature). Less academically enclined students had this topic "Poetic writing and the quest for meaning", with a bunch of texts and specific questions to answer. I have no idea whether French people read more than Americans but at least they pretend to :D.
They also have a law whereby books must be sold for the same cost everywhere, no discount. Amazon, supermarkets, and chains can sell slightly discounted books compared to independent or chain bookstores (-5%) but have conditions on shipping free. The law is very old, like from the early 80s, and is unrelated to ebooks; it's entirely designed to protect mom-and-pop business v. giant corporations. The main complaint is that no such law existed about record stores because today most music is purchased online or in supermarkets. If people want cheaper books they can buy them used.
It's very different from the US situation, where Barnes and Noble used to be decried and seen as the enemy of small bookstores (I liked them but hated another chain, forgot its name now...) and now people are happy if they find one because so many physical bookstores have closed. I really disliked the way the small bookstore storyline went BTW. Even if turning it down was in character for Bryce, the ending was very unsatisfying.
Is it allowed for modest Orthodox women to be gay? (Just curious, hoping I'm not offensive). I hope Maggie's happy.
My understanding is that the girls saw Roosevelt Island as "tainted" due to being where psychiatric cases were/are sent. But just the tram and all would be fantastic. Plus I agree with everyone above: that's a stooopid reason to dump a guy. Kelsey isn't just snobbish, she's prejudiced.
Do we know where they went to school? Because I could see colleges like Sarah Lawrence, Barnard, Skidmore, Bard, Wesleyan floating around. (So far they've referenced Columbia, which is lazy. And Kelsey would not be super impressed with Engineering from Fu, she'd be more impressed with someone who went through the Core or someone with a non professional major.)