One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

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"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." -- Amazon.com
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Blink, 2016
ISBN: 0310755166
9780310755166
Branch Call Number: Y SWANK
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 1 Paris Summer

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Mar 11, 2018

Sophie begrudgingly travels to Paris to spend the summer with her father, brother, new stepmother, and evil stepsister. She tries to fit in with her new family, Paris, and her stepsister's group of friends. There are love triangles, misunderstandings, and over the top characters. Sophie's dedication to music is her most endearing quality.

I love Denise Grover Swank's writing. She has a way of making you really understand her characters. I liked Sophie, but at times I found her a little whiny. I do wish she had mentioned her abuse at Dale's hands and at Camille's sooner. I loved how she and her brother Eric became closer during the summer. It was a fun book, vaguely reminiscent of Anna and the French Kiss by Perkins, but with the addition of an evil step sister.

Still, I found myself wanting more. This book was extremely enjoyable at the time, but it fails to distinguish itself from other contemporary fiction out there. Good, fun, light, and enjoyable, but not necessarily memorable.

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