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Finding Paris Hardcover – April 21, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—Leo and Paris are sisters; very different personalities, fathered by different men, but bound together by their need for stability and support. Their mother, who has dragged them from town to town and man to man, now has them living with her latest acquisition, who seemed cool enough at first, but since moving to Las Vegas, has begun showing his true colors. Leo is fed up with their lifestyle, and is working hard to get into Stanford to study medicine. Paris, the artist, has no clearly defined plan beyond escaping her present circumstances. Late one night, Paris awakens Leo claiming that she's in need of pie and sympathy. At the diner, she dares Leo to talk to an attractive young man seated at a nearby table. Shortly after Leo accepts the dare, Paris disappears along with the car and Leo's cell phone. Max, amazingly accommodating for a stranger she's just met, offers Leo his help, and together they locate a cryptic, hastily written note from Paris containing an obscure clue and a plea for Leo to find her. What follows is a scavenger hunt in which notes bearing clues to various locations lead to more notes. In a dramatic climax, the steady, step-by-step progression of the plot takes a surprising turn and suddenly barrels forward, blindsiding readers with unexpected twists. An intricate guessing game of sisterly devotion, romance, and quiet desperation.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA
“An intricate guessing game of sisterly devotion, romance, and quiet desperation.” (School Library Journal)
“A compelling page turner—the perfect mix of heart-stopping plot and memorable characters—fully formed, flawed, and worth cheering for. A road trip story, a mystery, and a romance, along with Preble’s pitch perfect descriptions of place and you’ve got a real winner. I couldn’t put it down.” (Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice)
“Joy Preble’s signature style-breakneck pace, whip-sharp dialogue and sly humor—is the perfect fit for this ride-or-die novel of Leonora and Max. An inspiring story of lost souls, and the hope and compassion that must piece together a family long exiled and devastated by secrets.” (Adele Griffin, author of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone)
“Fast-paced with intriguing teen characters, a budding relationship and a bit of mystery—curiosity will keep those pages turning.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Preble skillfully paces the quest as her character development gently unfolds along the desert highway.” (Booklist)
“Readers who appreciate adventure with a dose of romance will certainly enjoy…Finding Paris.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
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REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 13 days until 13!
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This book was very touching!
My favorite character is Leo because she is strong. She sacrifices herself for her sister which shows the lengths that she will go to for her true family.
Author: Joy Preble
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Balzer and Bray, through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review--thank you so much!
Lately, I've been getting into contemporary fiction--it's a genre I've grown to enjoy (dare I say, love?) as much as any high fantasy novel. And I'm happy to report to you guys that 2015 seems to be a great year for contemporary young adult fiction. This is Joy Preble's contemporary fiction debut. I've had my eye on her Anastasia series for a while now, so when I saw that this was up for grabs, I went for it, letting my curiosity lead me.
I love novels about family; in particular, married couples, and sibling relationships. Leonora aka Leo Hollings and her sister, Paris, are complete opposites. Paris is the social butterfly, the life of the party, flighty and beautiful, magnetic and compelling. Leo, on the other hand, is the go-getter. The straight shooter, the would-be doctor, science fanatic. Two sides of the same coin, and there's no one they trust more than one another.
That is, until the night Paris disappears, leaving Leo in a diner in the middle of Vegas at four in the morning. Led by a mysterious set of cryptic, vague clues, she meets Max Sullivan--a stranger, an acquaintance forged by a piece of bad coconut cream pie. Feeling she has no one to trust, Leo and Max set off to try and find Paris. And in the process, discover themselves, and the fact that even the most unassuming people have their secrets.
I really enjoyed this book. It was nice getting inside Leo's head. The girl who thinks she has it all figured out, until the night her life is turned upside down. I really enjoyed her, and her character development. Quiet, unassuming, and rock solid, I loved that you got past her perfect facade. Our image is so important to us when we're young--we all want to be seen in a certain way. I loved that she was real, and flawed, and utterly beautiful. And then there's Paris, her sister, a figure you only really interact with in Leo's memories, a faint presence of the past always on her mind. And then Max, the boy that Leo may or may not be falling for, who has more secrets of his own than he's willing to really admit, but truly wants Leo to be happy. Leo's family, too, were complex and dynamic. Not really likable, but definitely able to leave an impression on the reader.
The pacing was breakneck--I couldn't put it down, once I began to try piecing together Paris's disappearance. I loved the way the book went--I was expecting it to go one direction, but it completely reversed, and I didn't see it coming! I loved the twists that this book contained. A lovely tale of road trips, sisterhood, cute boys, and self-discovery, but what really sold me on this book was the explosive ending.
This book was wonderful, it really was, but at times, it just seemed like the journey Leo goes on gets a little out of control, and it didn't make sense to me that Leo was directed away. (You'll see in the book!) The bottom line: An engaging, sensitive contemporary debut, I loved Finding Paris--one of my favorite contemporary books of the year! Next on deck: Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook!
Finding Paris is a young adult contemporary/mystery. The set up is instantly intriguing. It is a story about two sisters in Las Vegas. Paris, the older sister demands a post break-up pie trip in the middle of the night and ends of disappearing in the middle of it. She leaves her sister a clue and tells her to come find her and that she needs help. What starts out as a kind of unconventional scavenger hunt, becomes more and more mysterious as the book progresses. I really liked Finding Paris. It is part scavenger hunt, part mystery, part romance, and more secrets than you can count. Hold on to your seat and get ready to go on a twisty, turn-y adventure with this one.
I don't know whether to be impressed with Paris or disturbed. Maybe a little bit of both, but I will say one thing for her. No matter what it seems like at any given time, she really loves her sister Leo. And the sibling relationship aspect of Finding Paris is kind of beautiful, even amidst all of the chaos that is happening. I loved hearing about their memories and the things that they did together.
On that pie run, Leo meets Max, and he kind of gets wrapped up in the whole adventure. I liked Max. I am a little unsure what kind of person would go on a middle of the night scavenger hunt with someone he just met, but I was happy that he was a part of the book. I loved reading and learning everyone's secrets. And his was a doozy. Actually, everyone's were.
I think Finding Paris will take a lot of people by surprise. I don't think there is anyway for someone to predict just all the twists and turns and plot reveals that Joy Preble has waiting around corners for readers. This book was very masterfully done. A few of the reveals were very shocking, and while It wasn't the ending I was hoping for or even guessing as a possibility, it was a very cool real. I liked that each page was a surprise for me. I just let go and enjoyed the ride.
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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