One Paris Summer
Denise Grover Swank
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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.
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Ce livre possède mon cœur . (This book owns my heart.)
In the moments between reading the last page and attempting to gather my thoughts for a review, I simply relished the deliciously sweet ache that lingered after finishing One Paris Summer. This YA romance firmly planted itself in my heart and will always have a special place.
When siblings Eric and Sophie are forced to spend the summer with their father in Paris, they aren’t the only ones resentful of the forced family time. Their father’s abandonment the year before is made even more bitter by his sudden marriage to Eva, and her daughter Camille’s blatant resentment at their presence plays a major role throughout the book.
Denise absolutely nailed the myriad of emotions Eric and Sophie would’ve felt seeing their father again. The longing to reconnect with their father vs the anger over his abandonment vs the hurt of seeing him with a completely new life … all of that entangled with Camille’s interference lent real life emotions to real life family situations. I found myself nodding as Sophie attempted to struggle through her emotions and find a way to rebuild the severed relationship.
Mathieu’s well-timed appearances spark Sophie’s attention, but his aloof behavior lead her to believe he barely tolerates her, but his attempts to help her leave her wondering if there’s more to his attitude than outward appearances.
Sophie’s dream to be a pianist is a source of contention between her and her father, but she pours her emotions into playing the piano until it connects to her soul. She’s presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to audition for an elite school while in Paris, and the hours she spends practicing connect her to Mathieu despite his resistance to getting to know her in the beginning. I listened to Denise’s playlist the entire time I read this book, and I’ve fallen in love with it. My own love of a huge variety of music lent a special connection, and it’s obvious that this novel showcases Denise’s own connection to music.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is watching Sophie evolve from uncertainty and insecurity to one of assertive confidence that allows her to start truly experiencing life.
This book encompasses the sweet longing of anticipation, first love, and first kisses that left me happy and satisfied and longing for more. This is just one MORE reason to love everything Denise Grover Swank writes!
I absolutely LOVE this book!! For a young romance novel this book is so much more than just teens falling in love. Without giving anything away lets just say that the main character in the book, Sophie matures in this book as she overcomes some personal issues. Sophie's issues are where anyone can easily relate to these days so it was easy to feel connected to her. To be able to feel her emotions, vulnerability, love, and happiness.
I cried several times while reading this book, I was so captured by all of the characters I couldn't help but fall in love with most of them. I mean who can love Dane?
I also enjoyed learning more about Paris through this book. It was an eye opener learning some of the things that the French do and don't do.
I am really hoping that this becomes a series. I would love to find out what happens to some of the other characters in the book. Keeping my fingers crossed. As always, Denise this book is amazing.
Fall in love with Sopie and Paris!
I don't think I've ever been so invested in a Young Adult Contemporary Romance before. However, this book is so much more than that. There is the teen angst and drama, but more importantly it explores many different relationship and familial dynamics. I loved how Sophie grew and changed through the book. She became a more confident, strong young woman. She knows what she wants to do with her life and is practicing and working hard to achieve it. I especially loved how Sophie and her brother, Eric, grew closer during the book. Eric starts out as her annoying older brother, but quickly became the overprotective big bother and made my heart melt. He also was good for a few laughs at the way he reacted in certain scenes. He does not like the idea of his sister dating a french teenage boy. But that french teenage boy swept me off my feet along with Sophie.
I have always wanted to go to Paris and even more so now after reading this. Denise does a fantastic job describing Paris, I felt like I was there with Sophie. I loved the little bit of French that was throughout the book. (It was like getting free French lessons).
I went through many emotions during my read. I laughed, got angry for Sophie (really wanted to slap her stepsister multiple times) and I even cried a few times. Denise always pulls me into the story so that I'm so engrossed in it that I sometimes forget that the characters are not real.
Warning: If you didn't want to go to Paris before, you will after you read this.
- Level: Grades 8 and Above
- Category: Family & Relationships
- Published: Jun 07, 2016
- Publisher: Blink
- Seller: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English