Book Review: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

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Title: One Paris Summer
Author: Denise Grover Swank
ISBN: 978-0-310-75516-6
Publisher: Blink YA Books
Published Date: 06/07/2016

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author:

Denise Grover Swank
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

My Review: 

I love this book.  It reminded me too much of my own teenage-hood.  It actually made me tear up several times.  My situation was not the same as Sophie but there were some similarities.  I ran into some of the same situations as she did.

When I was young, I always wanted a big brother.  This book bought that thought back.  Eric was protective and there for Sophie whenever she needed him.   Another advantage of having an older brother is you get to meet his cute friends!

Whenever a book takes place in France, there is always some random French words or phrases all over the place.  This book handles it quite well.  The author did not assume everyone speaks French.  Instead, I felt like I was learning  it with Sophie as I was reading.

Overall, this is a very good book.  The story is emotional and realistic.  It was like taking a vacation in France with my sister.  Perfect to read in the summer.

5 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.

 

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