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Paris Adieu Paperback – July 24, 2012

3.9 out of 5 stars 87 ratings
Book 1 of 2: The Ava Series

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"The story of Ava coming of age in Paris is as fascinating, glamorous, and entertaining as the City of Light itself."--Victoria Kann, New York Times bestselling author of Pinkalicious

"With vivid detail and humor, Gaston takes readers straight into the heart of Paris. Written with a deep sensuality that will keep readers attentive to Ava's every adventure." - Kim Nagy, Wild River Review 

"This is a story that's certain to touch a chord with readers who may remember their own first efforts to find love." -Susan Breen, author of The Fiction Class

"Fantastic girl book." -- Traveler55

"One of those rare books that has not just captured my attention, but captured my heart. For those of us never likely to see Europe, details are given that are so realistic that if you close your eyes and use your imagination you could see yourself there. With Christmas coming up, I can't think of a better gift to give to a teenager or to an older reader; this coming of age tale appeals to every age group." --Jerry Henry, Nov. 30, 2015

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Paris Adieu is a coming of age tale of self-discovery and self-acceptance.
 
The book has two themes: 1) how to be  comfortable in your own skin and 2) how to fake it till you make it.

Paris Adieu's heroine, Ava Fodor, is clueless about both at the start of the story. But over   ten years and three separate stays in Paris, she figures out a thing or two - thanks to the insights living in Paris has given her. Ava studies French women, French food,  French attitude - while French men study her.  By the final chapters of Paris Adieu, she's more or less transformed herself into the woman she wants to be. And if she hasn't entirely, at least she's learned how to fake it till she makes it.
 
Ultimately, Ava grasps that her newfound sense of self will work for her back in the U.S. in a way it never will if she stays in Paris. She'll never become French. But she has become fabulous. More or less.
 
The characters include Ava Fodor, a slightly plump, frizzy-haired nineteen-year-old American au pair in Paris who struggles with being less than perfect. Jean-Michel is Ava's fussy, exacting first French boyfriend whose provincialism drives her up the wall yet who educates her on all matters Parisian. Four years later, Pascal, Ava's second French boyfriend, gives her something she'll thank him for eternally - an introduction to her own womanhood.  Arnaud, Ava's third French boyfriend, dazzles Ava's head as well as her heart, until she finally tires of matching wits with him in a never ending zero-sum game. Recalling Pascal's advice to her to always seek authenticity, she realizes she can't be herself with Arnaud, nor in her career as a singer pianist. When Arnaud's friend Pierre shows interest in her original songs in a way Arnaud never has, Ava gains insight into who she really is and where she belongs. Pierre's entrance into her life catalyzes her to move in a new direction - back to New York armed with the lessons Paris has taught her.

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  • ISBN-13 : 978-0984790616
  • Paperback : 290 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0984790616
  • Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.66 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Rozsa Gaston (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 87 ratings

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