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A French Girl in New York is a story of new beginnings, of misunderstandings, of family, love, betrayal, and triumph. The sole shortcoming in this book is that the lyrics to the songs aren't very good. I don't hold that against the book because if you actually listen to most lyrics, they really aren't that good. That doesn't stop a song from touching a chord with people or from becoming a huge hit, and these lyrics in no way stop this story from being both believable and touching.
The story is well written. The insights on the music industry are plausible, which matters because music is at the heart of this story. The author captures the confusion of being a teenager without ever descending into parody or becoming melodramatic. Adults and teens both will love this story. Teens can recognize the turmoil of being a teen, and adults can recall that turmoil without being embarrassed by the characters. That is a difficult balance to strike. Author Anna Adams deserves praise for this beautiful, touching tale.
Maude Laurent has never known her parents. She was raised (if you can call it that) by the Ruchets. She was treated worse than a servant. She was treated as a slave. She was forced to sleep on a thin mattress in a basement with no light and rats. She found her escape in music at the local library, where she taught herself how to play the piano. During a class trip to Paris she is discovered by James Baldwin who was there on business. Maude goes to New York to live with the Baldwin family for 6 months while she records her album. She knows that she will have to return to France but she wants to make the most of her time in New York, a time where she feels free. She quickly befriends the Baldwin sisters Jazmine and Cynthia along with their younger brother Ben. Victoria Baldwin is a mother like none that Maude has ever seen. they show her what a family is.
Matt is a famous pop singer. He is asked to work with Maude on her album, to help her to create her music. Matt is also from France but has lived in New York for 6 years. The two of them do not hit it off right away; their first meeting is certainly one to remember.Read more ›
Anyway, I won't go so far as Emily in her review, but I can't understand all of the 5 star reviews and wondered, often, as I was skimming through A French Girl in New York, if we were reading the same book at all.
The story was very Cinderella-ish, of course, that's no surprise. But the characters were more like caricatures of people than real people. A good editor might have made some suggestions to tone down the caricature-ization of the characters and that would have been a good suggestion for the author.
As it is, I finished it. Unlike reviewer Emily, I don't want to die now that I've read it, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone, and I certainly don't want to read any sequels to Maude's story.
After the first couple of chapters, it seemed like it was going to be an enjoyable modern remake of Cinderella, but it was so much better than that. The story about Maude’s life going from ordinary to extraordinary had a tastefully done, but subtle love triangle, anger, jealousy, sacrifices, lies, deceit, and betrayal, strong sibling bonds, acceptance, fear, protectiveness, family bonds, deep pain and struggles, truth coming to light after a time of darkness, and so much more, all gracefully spun into one book.
I appreciated and enjoyed how Anna Adams mixed opera and pop songs together with respectful elegance and managed to capture each character’s inner thoughts and emotions, switching smoothly between each character from an omniscient point-of-view. I was utterly shocked and rather disappointed when I found out that this is a series. I felt that this book was good just on its own, without adding any other scenarios or issues to bother poor Maude. But, that doesn’t take away the uniqueness and beauty away from “A French Girl in New York”, because it was a beautiful book that I had the pleasure of reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a good book. Hard to get into. And the 2end chapter is a little boring, but once you get into it, its good.Published 10 hours ago by kelly r urbano
This book is awesome and intricate and amazing. I live it so much. WOW Anna Adams you rock so much. WOW . I must get all your books ASAPPublished 12 days ago by Akua Amoa Atta
I downloaded this book on iBooks, and I absolutely loved it! It really reminded me of cinderella, and there is a love sqare thingy. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Yololo
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH I ALSO LOVE ROMANCE BOOK THEY MAKE ME MALT LIKE ICE
KETHA ALONE THOMAS
I loved this book. Although there is a main character, the other characters are intriguing and complex. Read morePublished 26 days ago by SJD
This mood is DARK and it goes into some dark parental abuse spots. It's also inspirational because it encourages you to fallow your dreams, weather musical or not. :-)Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
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