One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
Age range: 12 and up | Paperback: 352 pages | Publisher: Blink (June 7, 2016)
About One Paris Summer
Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.
Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.
Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.
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My Thoughts on One Paris Summer
If you’re a sucker for young adult romances with adorable French boys, you’ll love this book. It’s sweet and light and fluffy and very readable. Sophie and her brother Eric have to spend the summer in Paris with their estranged father and his new family. Naturally, a lot of friction exists between the various family members and tensions are high.
When Sophie meets Mattieu, sparks fly immediately – but it takes time for them to overcome miscommunications, complications, and get together. I liked the way their relationship grew over time and how they dealt with obstacles along the way.
This book is definitely aimed at teens. I don’t see much crossover appeal for adults. It’s a light and fun read. It’s only conflict is the product of teenage drama. There is a subplot about Sophie’s talent playing the piano, but most of the story revolves around the angst between Sophie and her father, Sophie and her stepsister, and Sophie and Mattieu.
One Paris Summer is a sweet book. Not earth shattering or life changing, but a good, clean YA and great for a weekend or summer read.
Content: Some references to sex.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.
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