Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Review: Summer in Paris

Author: Michele Ashman Bell
Michele's website

Kenzy is your average teenager: life revolves around her, she surrounds herself with friends, possessions, and anything which will make her look cool. She's also incredibly motivated, and is working toward joining one of the country's top ballet studios. Everything falls down around her, however, when her parents declare bankruptcy and send her west to stay with relatives in Paris, Idaho. She finds herself friendless, phoneless, and frustrated with the small-town mentality. Her outlook changes, however, when she first hears about Adam, the teenage town recluse who is suspected by most everyone to have murdered his best friend. She finds herself drawn to him and is determined to get to know him - with entertaining results.

I LOVED this book! I laughed several times while reading it - especially when Kenzy's first attempt at gathering eggs from the chicken coop is described. Having chickens myself, and loving to subject my friends to them, it's always entertaining to read the troubles other people go through when experiencing them for the first time. :-) I was very pleased with the ending, with the character development, and the different plots of the story. Morals are present, but they aren't shoved into the reader's face. Everything was tastefully done.

Michele has a talent for creating deep characters and believable scenarios. I found myself not wanting to put the book down, and loved watching Kenzy's progress as she went from uber-selfish, to hardworking and dedicated.

I'd call this book a "warm fuzzy" kind of book. The tension gets high, and the reader is rewarded with a great ending and a well-developed plot. I'd love to hear what others think of it when they read it. :-)

Learn more about Summer in Paris here.

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