One Paris SummerDenise 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 decid... Read More
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- Mixed Feelings by Suzie on 5/22/2016
I suppose there’s no one to blame but myself for choosing to read books from author’s I’ve not heard of before. But, in my defense, I’ve come across some of my favorites this way. I guess I’m bound to find some duds before I hit the gems.
“One Paris Summer” falls somewhere between dud and gem. It’s predictable but Sophie Brooks is a likeable heroine who strives to find herself. She’s been disappointed, felt left behind, and now is in a strange city with a new family. Who wouldn’t love to get to go to Paris for two months, right?
I loved Sophie’s passion for her music and that her brother and Matthieu see that in her. Music is the one place where Sophie can pour out her emotions. The fact that Sophie and her brother’s relationship grew stronger is also a check in the pros column for this book, as is Sophie’s growth through the summer. The book also handles divorce and mixing a new family together will.
But, Sophie’s stepsister is a little over the top, the physical interactions between Matthieu and Sophie are almost too much (and unexpected since this is being published through Zondervan’s kid’s line), and Sophie’s naivety is almost unbelievable for a sixteen-year-old who has lived in several cities (including Boston).
Parents, if you’re looking for something clean for your teenage girls to read, this one has a lot of kissing and a couple of words some household might consider minor curse words (p--d and h---). There is also zero spiritual message in this book. While Sophie grows and learns about herself, there is not a single mention of faith or God.
So, it’s my own fault for assuming a book published by Zonderkidz is inspirational, especially since I’ve now looked this book up on Amazon and see it only being categorized as Teen. I’ve gone through Denise Grover Swank’s other books and I think some of them sound interesting. Now that I know what to expect, I’ll check out a few more of her offerings in the romance category but I’ll probably steer clear of anymore YA books.
***Zonderkidz-Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.