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.
I found the story to be really good, about two families learning to deal with divorce and remarriage. It’s so common in our society that I think that people forget that there tends to be consequences and issues that must be dealt with. This book shows how two families have to learn to become one. It shows forgiveness and acceptance. It also shows friendship and a lot of issues that teens deal with.
I do want to be completely honest so you know what you are getting. There was one curse word in the dialogue and it inferred others. Also it talks about teens sleeping together and a guy trying to force himself on a girl. Because of this content I do not recommend this to anyone under the age of 13. The main character does some kissing but that is all.
That said I liked the story itself but I would just be aware that there are issues you may not want your child reading about yet. If you don’t feel your child is ready to hear about some of these things then you shouldn’t get this book for them.
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