If you enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins then you should most definitely read this book. There's a lot in common between the two novels, but not so much you're gonna get constant bouts of Déjà vu.
Synopsis & Details:
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 read more... 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.
Fabulous things about One Paris Summer
- One Paris Summer was impossibly cute and preposterously adorable.
- I was a bit hesitant when it came to Mathieu (such a cute frenchie name *swoons*) however he quickly won me over.
- Also while reading this book I managed to pick up some French. (ex: je t'aime)
- The description of Paris were fabulous and now I seriously wanna go there even more.
- Sophie's life love is piano, and after reading One Paris Summer I have half the mind to give to a go myself. (basically the descriptions are phenomenal)
- Doose food descriptions though, now I'm extremely hungry for Parisian pastries.
This book also handled family matters very well,
I stayed up till 3 in the morning right before a Monday reading this book, and that means I really enjoyed it. (obviously)
I definitely regretted it one Monday morning though...
The language barrier was also interesting, I found it to be a great addition to the story. (also it totally sucks a ton when people are talking in a different language and you know their talking about you but you can't understand what they're saying)
The secondary characters were amazing,
for example Etienne (Mathieu's lil stepbro) is one of my favorite characters. (also that name??? St. Clair much?)
Rating: 4/5 Stars
What would be your dream destination? Have you read One Paris Summer? If you have than isn't the ship the dreamiest?