One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Format: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Paris-Summer-Blink-Denise-Grover-ebook/dp/B01863JMD8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1466650036&sr=1-1&keywords=one+paris+summer
Summary from Amazon:
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.
The book gave off a lot of Anna and the French Kiss vibes which I really liked, although the content was a bit more PG. I absolutely loved reading Anna and the French Kiss so when I read the description of One Paris Summer, I knew I just had to read it.
Oh the feels from the book. I literally do not have words to describe how much I loved it. But since my job here is to review the book, I guess I will have to put it in words to tell you that you should read it.
One Paris Summer was one of the many books to release on June 7th, and all the books that dropped have been absolutely amazing. I’ve already read The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, and The Flip Side and cannot wait to read more of the books that released then.
I absolutely loved the ending of the book. It shows that there really could be a happily ever after, even after everything else seems like it’s going wrong.
The book only made me want to Paris even more than ever. C’mon, the possibility of meeting a cute boy and falling in love at Point Zero and the Notre Dame.
I only wish there was more about them visiting the Eiffel Tower. I feel like it could’ve been a more magical moment and added more to the feelings of the story.
The romance between Sophie and Mathieu was so sweet. It started as a forbidden friendship, into a forbidden love, to something that was known by their families.
I really felt bad for Camille. I know, I know, she was written like the villain of the book but I can only imagine how she felt when Sophie and her brother came to visit.
Granted, she also did some things to make us all hate her. She blatantly stole Sophie’s crush (but think again, it actually really benefitted Sophie) and made others hate her. They were all bad actions but again, she had a lot taken away from her.
And with any evil stepsister, usually comes with the evil stepmother. I was totally expecting Sophie’s new stepmother, Eva to be a total evil witch but I was pleasantly surprised that she was the exact opposite. She cared more about Sophie and her brother than their dad did.
Speaking of their dad, he was a flake. He was like never there for his kids and cared more about Camille. I really didn’t like him. His excuse for leaving and not staying in contact with his kids was lame and I’m sure there was some other reason for it but I wish we actually found out why. Also Sophie’s mom’s side of their split was never clear and I also wish we found more about it.
I feel like this review was a lot more character based but there was so much to them. Each one of them were all developed very well and you know what you’re supposed to do (like you know whether you like them or hate them).
Also, can we talk about the cover? It's soooo pretty and I love all the blues and pinks on it. The Eiffel Tower also adds something extra and super pleasant to it as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I give the book a 9/10 (which rounds up to 5/5 stars). Let me know what you thought of the book if you have read it or if you haven’t, what you are most looking forward to about the book. Also, do you have any contemporary book recommendations? Let me know of any books you recommend below or on social media. I’m @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. (You should follow me, it’s fun!) I’ll see you next time!
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