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And then she meets Franco.
Dream on, Abbie. Dream on.
In a style so fresh and original that it seems to practically reinvent prose, and with an energy that grabs the reader from the very outset, first-time novelist Julie Taylor succeeds with Franco American Dreams in bringing to life characters that defy you not to love them, no matter what your age. They and their story are funny, fabulous, far-out ... and so very, very real.
Fledgling fashion designer (and Dallas Design Institute student) Abbie McPherson, who narrates, is 20, single, and ready—after the usual bad experiences with the wrong kinds of men—to tackle life as a "free woman." Unfortunately for her resolution, however, she quickly meets a wasted but utterly hot guy named Franco Richards at a New Year's party. Abbie knows Franco's not what she's promised herself she'd look for in her next relationship, but she's smitten hard and therefore willing, yet again, to overlook Franco's neglect, boozing, and lack of ambition. Meanwhile, her final project—a 30-outfit fashion show—is due by the end of the semester; Georgette, her roommate, has decided she's now "Gigi," complete with breast implants, a wardrobe transformation, and a whole new look; and her best friend, the flamboyantly gay Pat, is being cheated on by his gorgeous boyfriend Sal. It doesn't help that Abbie is still a smidgen hung-up on her Franco-like ex, Parker, or that Franco turns out to have a deep, dark secret in his own closet. With flair, gumption, and a lot of hard work, Abbie manages to be there for Pat and Gigi, maintain her close family ties, come up with a to-die-for collection, and deal with Franco, ultimately, in the way he deserves.
Taylor's debut is rough in spots and trite in others, but her voice is honest and refreshing and her whirlwind, conversational style a breath of fresh air.
Posted October 7, 2010
For whatever reason, this book was so good. The writing was great, too bad I haven't been able to find anything else by this author! The characters were people you know, and the plot was kind of relatable. It all flowed so nicely, I don't know. I don't usually like the fluffy books, but this one was exceptional. Read it, you will be surprised.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 20, 2001
I first read this book when it was reviewed by Mademoiselle as a 'must' for summer reading back in 1997. It is now 2001 and I have gone through 4 copies of this book due to losing it, giving it to friends, or having it fall victim to your dog's insatiable habit of chewing. Every time I have replaced it because I read this book two or three times a year. I feel as if Julie Taylor has gotten inside my head and recorded every thought. Sometimes it was scary to read about the main character, Abbie, saying some of the exact things my friends or I have said. If you're a Gen-X'er and cannot relate to this book, where have you been for the past ten years? Not only have I recommended this book to girl friends but to guy friends, also. I told them, 'If you ever want to know what is going on in a girl's head, read this.' And every girl has had their 'Franco.' That beautiful guy who no matter what he does, will always make your heart race. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2000
Franco American Dreams is the BEST book i have ever read in my life. i could totally, 100 percent relate to everything Abbie was going through. I HIGHLY recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.