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
“We are now making our final descent into Charles de Gauelle.”
does not want to be in Paris, much less live with her father and his
new wife and the new stepsister. But both her mother and father insisted
that Sophie and her brother Eric enjoy a few months in France.
there, Sophie is bullied by her stepsister and friends, she clashes
with her dad and her need to be loved by him but pushing him away
because he left her and she has no piano for an outlet for her emotions.
Basically, her summer sucks.
Even though there is a lot Sophie
can whine about, and she does, she doesn’t come across as a
self-centered teenager. She’s trying her best to please everyone and be
happy but there are so many elements working against her. Even the cute
Parisian boy she meets doesn’t seem to like her.
I enjoyed the
storyline of a blended family trying to work out for the best. Those
emotions were real to me and I think will resonate with many readers.
The characters were well-developed and had their own arcs throughout the
story. There were characters I wanted to hug and others I wanted to
throat punch. The love interest wasn’t love at first sight, thank
heavens, but progressed through the story.
The setting was lovely
and felt authentic (now I want to visit Paris!). Overall, I think this
was a great summer read for any age and I would defiantly pass it along
to any teen (or adult).
A good, clean read.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.