Pardon My French (S.A.S.S. Series)

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Seventeen-year-old Nicole dreams of spending the rest of her life with her boyfriend Nate. So when she finds herself on her way to Paris to study abroad without him, she’s less than thrilled. Paris is filled with cars that move at the speed of light, edible snails, and a language that Nicole can’t speak or read. Worst of all, Nicole feels lost without Nate. She’s not sure she’s capable of finding joie de vivre on her own, but with the help of some new friends—and a certain handsome Frenchman— Nicole might find ...

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Overview

Seventeen-year-old Nicole dreams of spending the rest of her life with her boyfriend Nate. So when she finds herself on her way to Paris to study abroad without him, she’s less than thrilled. Paris is filled with cars that move at the speed of light, edible snails, and a language that Nicole can’t speak or read. Worst of all, Nicole feels lost without Nate. She’s not sure she’s capable of finding joie de vivre on her own, but with the help of some new friends—and a certain handsome Frenchman— Nicole might find Paris as sweet as a café au lait after all.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) series kicked off with Westminster Abby by Micol Ostow ("Teenage girls, especially those with a penchant for travel, will find this a light yet flavorful morsel," PW said), and now 17-year-old Nicole heads to the City of Light for Pardon My French by Cathy Hapka. But alors, Paree does not seem so gay when she must leave behind her heartthrob Nate... until a debonaire Frenchman comes along. Also due this month: Spain or Shine by Michelle Jellen. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Emme Yeargin
Nicole Larson, a seventeen-year-old girl from Peabody Corner, Maryland, is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime. As she prepares to spend the first semester of her senior year studying abroad in Paris, her parents, who think this will be a great experience for her, are more excited than she is. However, Nicole doesn't want to leave her friends, and most important, the love of her life, her boyfriend, Nate. Hence, when Nicole finds herself beginning the semester all alone in Paris, she is less than thrilled. Even though her time in France gets off to a rough start, Nicole slowly but surely begins to fall in love with Paris, thanks to a few new friends and her host family. Just as Nicole starts to like Paris and really starts to appreciate her surroundings, Nate breaks up with her after backing out of a promised weekend visit. Crushed, Nicole immediately wants to go home to fix things herself, but after talking with her new friends and some soul-searching, she decides to stay in Paris, and ultimately rejects Nate when he wants to get back together. The first-person point of view helps the reader to connect with the narrator, making them feel a part of the story. In addition, in moving the stereotypical "high school couple falls in love" story outside of the United States, the author adds international dimensions that make this a better than the average teen love story. Though having limited classroom appeal because of its gender bias toward female readers, teachers might use the book to help young women realize that they can do anything if they try hard enough, and they might also use it to teach students about emotional growth and self-esteem.
KLIATT
Nicole is positive she is going to hate Paris. She is only taking part in the study abroad program because her parents "have an obsessive need" for her to broaden her horizons and experience life outside the safety of her friends and boyfriend Nate. But she is sure she cannot live without Nate and that everything her friends have said about France is true--and none of it is good. She will not enjoy herself, she will never make friends, she will not learn anything new, and she is counting down the days until she is home. This pessimistic view of what her semester in Paris is going to be like is buoyed when she vomits at the feet of Luc, her host family's nanny, upon arrival at their home and then proceeds to get lost on the mFtro, Paris's train system. Told in third person with periodic e-mails, readers take a journey of self-discovery and growth with Nicole as she finds and defines herself apart from the influence of those she thought were her closest friends and outside the farthest reaches of her comfort zone. All of the characters are subtly drawn with nothing overdone. This fourth book in the series is sure to please with the balanced tone of humor and seriousness set in the first few pages that serve as Nicole's application to the S.A.S.S. study abroad program. (Students Across the Seven Seas). KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Penguin, Speak, 224p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Stephanie Squicciarini
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-After spending most of her childhood moving from town to town, Nicole is glad to be settled in one place to finish high school. When she starts daydreaming about marrying her boyfriend after graduation, her parents decide that she needs to broaden her horizons. They sign her up for the "Students Across the Seven Seas" program, and soon she is unhappily headed for Paris where she will attend school and live with an American family. Despite her negative attitude, she makes friends with the other exchange students and her host family's French nanny. As a new culture and new experiences make Nicole more mature and confident, she begins to realize that her decisions about her boyfriend and to belong to the in-crowd are limiting her potential. Nicole starts out as shallow and slightly unlikable, but does show some real growth as the story progresses. This addition to the series is a respectable entry in the teen chick-lit genre, but it moves a bit slowly.-Stephanie L. Petruso, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Odenton, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142404591
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 11/3/2005
  • Series: S.A.S.S. Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 440,092
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Hapka has written more than one hundred books for children and young adults. At home on her small farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, she enjoys reading and writing, horseback riding, animals of all kinds, gardening, and music.

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The magic of Paris…

“Look,” he said softly, pointing over and up.

Nicole followed his gaze. There, rising in the air, so close it seemed almost larger than life, was the angular metal skeleton of the Eiffel Tower. White lights picked out its every curve and strut, making it stand out against the dark sky.

“Oh!” she gasped in surprise. “It’s—it’s beautiful!”

She had seen the Eiffel Tower many times, of course—it was difficult to go anywhere in the center of Paris without coming upon yet another view of it. But from this angle it looked like a whole new structure, looming and strangely mysterious, almost alive.

Becoming aware that Luc was watching her rather than the Tower, she turned and met his gaze.

He smiled. “I thought you would appreciate it,” he said. “You, I think, have the ability to see what is special, what is important.”

His face moved closer. Nicole stared into his eyes, mesmerized by the guileless, undemanding appreciation she saw there. So different from the way Nate looked at her most of the time.

She did nothing to stop Luc as he bent down and kissed her. His lips felt soft and warm against her own, and she let her eyes fall shut as she pressed against him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    ¿Just when you think you know who you are, one trip makes you realize that you don¿t have a clue.¿

    Pardon My French By: Cathy Hapka When I first picked up Pardon My French, I just thought I would read it because I¿m French. Also the title was very catchy and I was looking for something different. After I read it more, I came to realize that it really wasn¿t about France. The story is about a girl, Nicole, who has always lived the perfect life up until her senior year in high school. She is popular, has a boyfriend, has three or four best friends, and it is her last year at school! All of a sudden, her parents rain on her parade and send her to France. At first, Nicole is bummed out and she vomits when she gets there. Soon, when problems pop up at home and threaten her perfect life, she finds it might be easier to go home. Thankfully she doesn¿t thanks to the help of her other foreign exchange friends who help her get through all of her problems. With a little help from all of her friends, family, and a flirty French man, Nicole has discovered a new person in Paris...herself! Some things I liked about the book were how the author made you feel like you were helping Nicole and at some parts, it reminds you of yourself. Also, and for the most part, I like the ending very well. It gives everyone a hint that maybe you don¿t always know best. This book had so many good parts that I had trouble telling where the falling action began! A couple of things that I didn¿t like about the book were how the author did not really describe some of the art places in France. I also didn¿t like how the author didn¿t translate the French words. Other than that, I would give this book a five out of five! This book is the first book in the series called S.A.S.S and I would highly recommend it for girls who are preteen to nineteen. This book talks about some things that only girls at a certain age 'teenage' could understand. Also, it discusses some problems that every teenage girl faces at one point or another. This book is very different and good so read it and see what you think!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Awesome

    When i strted reading i absoluytley could not stop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Love it

    I love this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    How do u delete books in ur library?????

    Plz answer back!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    pretty good =]

    i really liked this book. it was cute and it had a good plot . but if youre into books that have a deep meaning this is not for you! overall a ggod book though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!

    This book was really good and I recommend it highly. It taught me about the meaning of friendship. I couldn't put it down once I started it and have now moved on to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Amazing!

    This is one of my favorite books in the S.A.S.S. because I've always wanted to travel to France and I felt like I was there!It's a must read for any girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    A good book.

    I recommend this book to someone who wants to go and see things in a different perspective. I`m not fully done with the book but the Character Nicole is great. Even with her being a senior in high school and about to think about college and what is great. Even without her knowing one clue to speaking French and having her comfort zone get expanded which is cool. I`m not done yet. but i`m liking it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    Pardon My French (S.A.S.S. Series #4)

    This book is AWESOME! It has romance and it is funny. It also stays true to france's culture!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Paris Romance

    Nicole¿s parents are public Garden designers who move around to design lay-outs. Nicole had lived in several different states, and countries. Her senior year had rolled around, and she was going to school at Peabody Corner, Maryland. Her friends were Zara, Annie, and Patrice. She had a boyfriend for two years now, who is Nate. Nicole¿s parents were sending her to Paris for the S.A.S.S. program, or as a foreign exchange student. When Nicole arrives in Paris, the first person she meets is a French guy, by barfing al over the sidewalks in front of his shoes. His name is Luc and he is the Smith¿s, Nicole¿s host family in Paris, manny, or male nanny. Nicole spends time with Luc when she isn¿t busy emailing Nate, Zara, Annie, and Patrice. Nicole starts to catch herself flirting with Luc, and she slips him a kiss underneath the Eiffel Tower light. Will Nicole¿s love of Nate slip out of reach in Paris, or will she catch herself before it all falls? Who will she choose? The book Pardon my French was not the best book I¿ve ever read but it definitely caught my attention. It was very interesting to see who Nicole would choose to be the love of her life. Nate was holding her back, because she had it set in her mind that she would follow Nate to college despite her own dreams. Nicole was a very surprising character because of her independent and inspiring lifestyle in Paris. I would recommend this book to all teenage girls who feel like they are tied down to a relationship, whether it is a friend or boyfriend. Cathy Hopka also does a great job of describing Nicole¿s feelings throughout the whole book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    Awesome Read!

    I just finished this book in less than 24 hours! I take French and know of the sites, so this book was perfect! It was a page turner and very cute!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    Pardon My French (S.A.S.S. Series #4)

    This book is great! It is totally worth the money. It is a great love story. I also love that it is funny and it stays true to the France culture! 2 THUMBS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    Way Too Cute

    This story was so cute. It was a very fast read and I enjoyed it. If you are looking for a french adventure don't hesitate to read this book. It will be perfect!

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