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A French Girl in New York (The French Girl Series Book 1) by [Adams, Anna]
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Length: 363 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 18 Grade Level: 2 - 12

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About the Author

Born in France, raised partly in the United States and in France, Anna Adams grew up loving stories in French and English. Anna currently lives in Paris where she studies at Sorbonne University as a Law Student. She's the author of the French Girl series and the short story Once Upon a Tag. When she isn't writing, Anna likes to travel in Europe and dreams of going to Asia and Africa.

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  • File Size: 1834 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Anna Adams; 1 edition (December 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARPMIJE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Wow. A French Girl in New York is a Cinderella story, about an orphan living in Northern France with a foster family that treats her very poorly. Forced to work from dawn to dusk, caring for the family children, cleaning, waiting on the mistress of the house, and expected to attend school and do well in her classes at the same time. Maude Laurent teaches herself piano on Saturday afternoons while her mistress is with friends. For five years, the piano sessions are what keep her going. At the age of 16, she manipulates a grade to be allowed to go on a day trip to Paris and her life begins to change.

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.
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I initially picked up A French Girl in New York while searching for books for my daughter. This book was free (our book budget had already been spent that week) and it sounded interesting. Even though I had several other books to read (plus working on my second book) I decided to start reading this one. Anna Adams created characters with great detail and care. Each character had depth to them; this book although modern reminded me of the classics that I so adore! The detail and description found in these pages carried me away to New York and France. I had to push past the first chapter and a half but once I did I was whisked away into Maude's world.

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.
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By Kiersten on December 22, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book!!!!! Little bit of romance. Totally gives you a sneak peak of what it is like being a new rising star. I recommend this book to young adult girls who like a little love in what they're reading
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A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams was a great read! I was intrigued by the title and could not put the book down once I started to read. I would definitely recommend this book to girls 9-12, or to anyone looking for a quick and sweet romance story. I rated A French Girl in New York a 5/5 because of the great character development, reserved romance, and the great plot twist. I cannot wait to read the sequel!
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I admit that I uploaded the book because of the 1 star rating by Emily. Seriously, how you could resist reading a book with a review like that? :)

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.
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Even though I had read the synopsis, based on the cover of the book, I expected to read some gushy girly story about an only-child prodigy, with adoring parents, who makes it big in the music industry and oh! a handsome man is here too? Should I fall in love? Don’t mind if I do! But don’t let the cover fool you as it did me because that isn’t what this story is at all and I adored this book because of it.

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.
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