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In One Paris Summer, by Denise Grover Swank,
Sophie Peterson knows that she should be excited to spend a summer in Paris, but she only feels anger---anger at her father for divorcing her mother and moving to France. When a friendship with a boy named Mathieu starts to turn into something more, Sophie will need to decide if she can stay in France, whether she can forgive her father enough to live with him, and how much she should trust her heart with her first love.
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Publication Date: 2016
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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 theyre 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 Pariss 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. Theres just one hitchhes a friend of Camilles, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.
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.
EmilyAnne285 Stars Out Of 5Magical Teen RomanceAugust 1, 2016EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One year after her father left his family to go to Paris, Sophie and her brother are invited or more like required to spend their summer in Paris with him and his new wife and step-daughter, Camille. Still hurting from his betrayal, Sophie is not looking forward to the trip. At first, it seems as awful as she had imagined tension with her father, a hateful stepsister for a roommate and tour guide, a language barrier, and no piano to practice on for her upcoming scholarship competition. But with the help (and possible romance?) from one of Camilles friends, things begin to look up.
One Paris Summer captured me from page one and refused to let go. I read so many books, but only 1 in 10 addict me like this one did. I found myself thinking about the characters and yearning to go to Paris long after I finished reading it. I highly recommend it.
The romance was sweet and had its share of ups and downs. First, of course, was the initial Does he like me? Should I like him? jitters, leading into something more lasting and beautiful. There are complications, misunderstandings, and an attempted sabotage, all of which nearly broke up the relationship. But it survived and was all the stronger for it.
Also, the characters did not put too much stock in the romance; what I mean is, yes, the relationship between the characters was extremely important to them, but they did not make all of their decisions solely based on each other. They did not let their relationship stop them from following their dreams, which, in my mind, is a sign of a healthy relationship.
One Paris Summer addressed many topics, not just the romance, which was part of the reason it was so amazing. The father-daughter and step-family relationships were important to the story. They were difficult for the characters to deal with and were addressed very well. They also gave me a glimpse of what a few of the people I know, who are in similar situations, have gone through.
Music was another major theme. Its ability to express emotion and pain as well as its beauty were instrumental in Sophies life. They gave her opportunities to further her dreams as well as healing.
And experiencing a different culture was also a theme. It has to be, considering it is about a couple American teens living in Paris for the summer. One Paris Summer presented the culture differences very well. For one, differences in the way people conduct their romantic relationships had a large impact on the plot, as the characters had to bridge the gap in order for the relationship to succeed. And the beauty of Paris and the French culture was evident and made me long to experience it for myself.
One Paris Summer was magical. I loved it from the beginning and will never stop. I highly recommend it to YA contemporary romance readers.
I received a free copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
Jade4 Stars Out Of 5One Paris SummerJuly 14, 2016JadeQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Well first off, if you are like me, an avid reader, his is a short and easy read. Second, if you like stories that most likely wont happen, and romance, this is right up your alley. So a recap of the book : 16 year old Sophie, moves from Charleston, South Carolina, to Paris for the summer to visit their dad, who has divorced their mom and is now getting remarried. Once Sophie gets to their dads apartment she takes a nap and wakes up to find a girls face real close to hers, her stepsister, who in the end just tries to make Sophie's life terrible, in my opinion i just wanted to punch her, Camille is her name. From then on with Camille, is just a bunch of crybaby tantrums, because she doesn't get what she wants with her mother, screaming, stomping off, and slamming doors. Then Sophie meets Matthew, a very handsome boy whom she then falls for. Oh yeah and Sophie would rather be back in the good ol' USA practicing piano for colleges. In the end there were scandals, secrets, some suggestive material, piano, and lies, A LOT AND A LOT OF LIES. Oh and a brother who never really cared for his sister, but in the end, was like guarding her. So if you ever want your sibling to be nicer, more attached, and protective to you, go to Paris. ~NRM
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Great Summer ReadJuly 12, 2016MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I really enjoyed this book and would recommend for any teen fourteen or older. But I think it will also depend on your child and what you are comfortable with them reading. I am fine with my daughter reading this and am actually recommending it to her.
I really like Sophie and respected her love of music as music is a passion of mine. The romance that blossoms between her and Matthieu is every teen girls dream, especially in Paris.
I also like how Denise addresses the issue of divorce and how the kids deal with it, all a bit differently. There is also reconciliation and I loved that as well.
As the description says above this is intended for general readership. There really isnt any Christianity in the story at all. There is some verb-age that might bother some, but honestly, its better than how most teens talk or even over hear on a daily basis (I know, I teach high schoolers).
A copy of this book was given to me by through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.
Susan Barrett3 Stars Out Of 5Not Incredible, but Cute NonethelessJuly 7, 2016Susan BarrettQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank is a stand alone book published by Blink, a division of Harper Collins publishers. It is the first book that I've read by this author, and I thought it was a decent way to pass the time. Blink publishing is not specifically Christian, so read with caution with books published by this publisher if you are expecting something overtly Christian. Personally I think this book is appropriate for older teens.
While many would consider a summer vacation to Paris to be amazing, Sophie Brooks does not. You see, her dad divorced her mom and moved to Paris, leaving Sophie, her brother, and her mother in South Carolina. Sophie's hurt and doesn't want to have anything to do with her dad, much less her soon-to-be new stepmom and stepsister Camille, the latter of which she has to share a room with. Camille doesn't like Sophie from the start, and the two are at odds for much of the book. Meanwhile handling her dad and new stepsister, Sophie's brother's friend comes to visit, and while Sophie has been crushing on him for years, Camille quickly takes over his interest. And worst of all, Sophie was promised that she would be able to practice piano over the summer so that she could apply to Juilliard, but alas, there is no piano.
Luckily, a friend of Camille's happens to have a grand piano that Sophie can practice on every day. Unluckily, Camille is against anything that could benefit Sophie, including letting her date any cute friends, especially those with pianos.
I thought that this was a cute teenage read, and as I previously said, I would recommend this, but probably just to older teens. The story was cute even if cliche and the characters were a little immature.
Thank you to Blink publishers and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
JoyONew HampshireAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Cute YA Romance!July 5, 2016JoyONew HampshireAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was such a cute romance!!!
So Sophie's father has basically up and moved to Paris, not spoken to her or her brother for almost a year, and then drops a bomb - "I'm getting remarried next week." Uh oh. Now they have to spend the summer in Paris which would be great if Sophie wasn't wounded by the horrid way their dad handled the situation, if Sophie could even speak French, or if her new stepsister didn't hate her guts for no reason.
I related so much to Sophie! Seriously, she is one of the most relatable teens I've read in YA in a while. She's just your average girl with passions and hurts. She loves to play the piano, and her passion for it just flows through the book without drawing focus away from the storyline. I thought Denise Grover Swank did a good job at portraying Sophie's hurt, anger, and confusion throughout the story.
The description of Paris was amazing. Like this-will-be-in-my-bag-if-I-ever-go-to-Paris amazing. Sophie and Mattieu's romance was oh so very swoon worthy! Oh, the butterflies, my friends! Fans of Sarah Dessen are sure to enjoy One Paris Summer.
I also want to remind everyone that while Blink is a Christian imprint of Zondervan, their titles are much more mainstream. Blink specializes in clean YA fiction, and an editor at Blink recently wrote a great blog post about what "clean" YA means. Their stories have Christian tones, but may mention very little if any Christianity.
Bottom line: This is a sweet, easy to read, clean YA romance that teens and adults are sure to love! I really enjoyed it. Four stars. :)
I received a copy of One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.