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Denise Grover Swank

One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank Book Summary

New York Times bestseller! In this romantic coming-of-age YA novel, Sophie Brooks agrees to spend the summer with her father and his soon-to-be new wife, as well as share a room with her stepmom's daughter, Camille. But what should be a lovely time in the City of Lights, preparing for her audition at the prestigious French music academy she's dreamed of attending, becomes a nightmare due to the lack of a piano and less than sisterly relations … until the attractive boy next door invites Sophie to practice at his home. But just as everything is looking up, Sophie's first love--and musical future--are in danger.

One Paris Summer:
Is a perfect escape read for teens and fans of contemporary YA romanceCombines the complexities of blended families and finding your own path in life with the thrills of falling in love for the first timeWill appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Stephanie Perkins

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Book Name One Paris Summer
Genre Family & Relationships
Language English
E-Book Size 1.54 MB

One Paris Summer (Denise Grover Swank) Book Reviews 2023

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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.

Great read. Loved "One Paris Summer" Makes you feel like you are really there.

THIS BOOK IS JUST AMAZING!!. I was already crying on the third chapter and that wasn't just the only time that I cried. You'll fall inlove with the characters and the story just gets better and better throughout the book. One of my favorites!!!! I'm so into it I might read it again 😂

Fantastic YA book. Received an advanced copy for my honest review. This is how Y/A should be written. This book is amazing. There are just so many things that pull you in, you never want to stop reading. Trying to deal with her dad's new wife and step sister plus balancing her love of music, Sophie is in for the summer of her life. It is different than what Denise usually writes, but this is a reminder of how good Y/A books can really be.

One Paris summer. This had to be one of my favorite books. The details were amazing I actually pictured myself there. The only flaw is that there will not be a second book.

The City of Young Love. When Denise Grover Swank announced she was writing a YA story set in Paris, I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes and groaned. My question was: why Paris? The answer is because that’s what the writer chose. I’ll always give Denise’s work a shot, so that’s why I’m here writing a 4 1/2-star review of One Paris Summer! What I didn’t like: Paris. I’m so over it as a romantic setting. It is what it is and I’ll get over it. I DESPISED both Dane and Camille. They were absolutely terrible, teenagers or not. They were wonderful as antagonists, but I wanted to do my fair share of throat punching. I also did not like how manipulative that Mathieu was in trying to keep his relationship a secret, but obviously Sophie caught on. Mathieu was loveable otherwise. I liked their relationship and I’m glad that Denise avoided the dreaded love-triangle. I hate love triangles. What I did like: everything else! Denise writes well-developed characters and OPS is no different. Sophie and Eric were wonderful as siblings. There’s friction, but at the end of the day they’re still family. It took me a handful of chapters to warm up to Sophie. She, along with Camille, both played the teenage angst card well. I thought Sophie was going to be a brat the whole time, but she really grew as a young woman. What I don’t get is the resistance of Sophie’s father to her music and wanting to audition. Fool, you just up and ran to Paris. You abandoned your family. Support your kid! One Paris Summer is a relatively easy read. It’s a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Denise’s descriptive ability has me craving French cuisine in a big way. She should release a cookbook! There’s not much in the way of violence, and there’s no creepy underage sex writing. OPS is a solid coming of age story. If it weren’t announced that it was a standalone, I’d be demanding a sequel right about now. ****4 1/2 stars**** Reviewed advance copy through NetGalley.

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!

Amazing as usual!. This book was incredible and leaves you wanting more! One thing that I believe that Denise has mastered with each book of hers is the ability to convey emotions through her words. As a YA romance, I expected all the wonderful things that you find in France and an adorable first love. But what I wasn't quite expecting was the emotion that came through as you discover what happened with her family. Coming from a dysfunctional family myself, each moment spent with Sophie and Eric dealing with her father's new life in France hit me hard. I literally felt pangs of hurt for Sophie. There were moments where I just couldn't take it and wanted to just hit characters for acting the way they were. After a rocky start, Mathieu and Sophie have such a sweet relationship. I loved his character and how he clearly feels so strongly about her. Although, I will admit that he is a teenager who really needs to stop listening to a certain person. Regardless, you really do want things to work out with the two. I absolutely loved watching Sophie grow into herself and become a stronger person. She really learned to start doing things for herself and gain confidence in her abilities. Especially after getting the opportunity to audition for a prestigious position in one of her dream schools. This book makes you angry, it makes you sad, and it leaves you with an incredibly sweet ending. It genuinely made me want to go learn French and fly to France to see everything that Sophie sees. This book exemplifies Denise's ability to jump genres successfully and I can't wait to read her next book!

Fantastic storytelling. Denise Grover Swank really knows how to build quality characters, not just 1 or 2 but everyone she writes really comes to life. One Paris Summer isn't any different. I loved it every minute of it - so much so that I wasn't even made about my 4 hours of sleep last night. I couldn't put it down. The story line has such a constant forward motion, that will keep you interested from the first page. Sophie and Mathieu's story is absolutely enchanting. I felt myself getting lost and falling in love with city of Paris right along side them. Denise's gift for creating a scene that has just the perfect amount of detail, without boring you and stealing from the emotion of the characters was really showcased. Needless to say I loved it and I'm sure you will too

I Love This Story!. This book was simply impeccable. An honest look at a family broken and a girl trying to find herself, navigate her brokenness and finding love for the first time. Denise Grover Swank wrote a smart, mature and compelling young adult story, full of layers and complexity Sophie and her brother Eric are off to spend the summer in Paris with their father, but this is not a happy trip. Sophie and Eric are angry and hurt that their father abandon their family for a job in Paris and a new family. They both have had to give up their plans for the summer for a father who seems oblivious to the lives of the children he left behind. To make matters worth, Sophie has to deal with the daughter of her new stepmom, Camille, who is none to happy about the situation and makes it her life goal to sabotage Sophie's time in Paris. Sophie is a girl lost. She is insecure, afraid and self-conscious. She feels she lost everything they day her father left and doesn't know how to handle not having him in her life. She clings to her anger and resentment to her father, for fear of being hurt by him again. What I loved about this book is Sophie. She is a great YA heroine. A girl her is lost due to pain in her past, but a girl who refuses to give up, regardless of her stumbles or mistakes she made. Sophie shows strength as she refuses to let her new "sister" step all over her and refuses to let her anger swallow her whole. Instead Sophie begins to take control over her own life, which includes her love of playing the piano. Sophie learns throughout the book that she must do things for herself and not to make others happy and as she starts living her life for herself she is able to find the strength to forgive her father and embrace her new family and just maybe find a love that will last a lifetime.

Take me to Paris !. So good ! I only read her books ,they are the best !

Favorite Summer Book. This was the only book that actually made me cry. This book is now my favorite and will probably always be my favorite. Thank you for spending your time making a masterpiece!

Love!!. 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.

Such a good book. I honestly don't know how DGS can write such wonderful books in so many different genres. One Paris Summer is definitely a YA romance, but it is so much more. There are many "non-romantic" relationships in this story - Sophie and her brother, Eric; their relationship with their estranged father; their relationship with a new stepmother and vindictive stepsister; making new friends in a new city; and Sophie's relationship with her music. This is a story with depth. I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Paris. I love the story, very youthful and fresh, reminded me of myself those teenager years. I love de description Denise did of Paris, never been there but would like to visit, not sure about the catacombs though ;). I loved the love story between the main characters and mostly the love to music in an exciting city. The developing of the story would keep you reading nonstop until you finish. Denise never disappoints!

MUST READ!!!. I truly loved this book so much it took me to another place, and showed me a beautiful story of young love!! This is by far my favorite book!!

Amazing read!. What a wonderful book! This YA Book, romance, but so much more. Sophie is darling girl, who was forced to spend summer in Paris with her father and his new wife she had never met before.The emotional struggling she faces with relationship with her father, brother, mother, stepmother and how her entire family dynamics changed. Then she get placed in a city, where she can't speak the language and her new stepsister wants her gone. Throw in a boy or two, for the shy 16 year old girl and you have a heart wrenching book that will pull you in. Denise is an amazing writer, who has talent for making you fall in love with her characters. Sophie is such an amazing character. You can't help but love this book.

Denise does it again ❤️. This book was amazing. Yet again Denise makes me feel all different types of emotions and makes me love the characters. I highly recommend anything DGS. She's a genius ❤️

Magical Teen Romance. One year after her father left his family to go to Paris, Sophie and her brother are invited – or more like required – to spend their summer in Paris with him and his new wife and step-daughter, Camille. Still hurting from his betrayal, Sophie is not looking forward to the trip. At first, it seems as awful as she had imagined – tension with her father, a hateful stepsister for a roommate and tour guide, a language barrier, and no piano to practice on for her upcoming scholarship competition. But with the help (and possible romance?) from one of Camille’s friends, things begin to look up. One Paris Summer captured me from page one and refused to let go. I read so many books, but only 1 in 10 addict me like this one did. I found myself thinking about the characters – and yearning to go to Paris – long after I finished reading it. I highly recommend it. The romance was sweet and had its share of ups and downs. First, of course, was the initial “Does he like me? Should I like him?” jitters, leading into something more lasting and beautiful. There are complications, misunderstandings, and an attempted sabotage, all of which nearly broke up the relationship. But it survived and was all the stronger for it. Also, the characters did not put too much stock in the romance; what I mean is, yes, the relationship between the characters was extremely important to them, but they did not make all of their decisions solely based on each other. They did not let their relationship stop them from following their dreams, which, in my mind, is a sign of a healthy relationship. One Paris Summer addressed many topics, not just the romance, which was part of the reason it was so amazing. The father-daughter and step-family relationships were important to the story. They were difficult for the characters to deal with and were addressed very well. They also gave me a glimpse of what a few of the people I know, who are in similar situations, have gone through. Music was another major theme. Its ability to express emotion and pain as well as its beauty were instrumental in Sophie’s life. They gave her opportunities to further her dreams as well as healing. And experiencing a different culture was also a theme. It has to be, considering it is about a couple American teens living in Paris for the summer. One Paris Summer presented the culture differences very well. For one, differences in the way people conduct their romantic relationships had a large impact on the plot, as the characters had to bridge the gap in order for the relationship to succeed. And the beauty of Paris and the French culture was evident and made me long to experience it for myself. One Paris Summer was magical. I loved it from the beginning and will never stop. I highly recommend it to YA contemporary romance readers. I received a free copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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