One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

by Denise Grover Swank

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One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

New York Times bestseller!

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn't support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310755166
Publisher: Blink
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 409,310
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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One Paris Summer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Neek67 More than 1 year ago
I am a big Denise Grover Swank fan and was so happy to get my hands on this book. Denise is so versatile in her writing that she is apt in any genre. My books are normally mystery romance, but I do love a sweet YA book as well. And you will find it here with this book. Sophie and her brother Eric are sent over to their father who now lives in Paris, living his dream job. They are to spend the summer with him, his new wife and her daughter. But Camille is not as accommodating with her step siblings as Soph and Eric are. She is determined to make their summer, especially Sophie's, a living hell. Only one thing will keep Sophie sane, the piano. Well actually, make that two things, the owner of said piano, Mathieu. The sweet French boy she meets out on the street after her father's wedding. There is only one problem, Camille. She is not happy that her former boyfriend is now with her step sister and will stop at nothing to ruin it all. I love it when a book has so many elements that make me happy. A great story with a touching romance for one, with the main character having plenty of growth. I also loved that this book described Paris and it surrounds that I felt I could travel there now, and know the places that Soph visited. Also, she learnt some French on her holiday, that I was happy to read and learn along with her. I think I am going to use je t'aime from now on instead of the boring english "I Love You". I highly recommend this book to any romance lover, its truly endearing.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I thought i was about to read a light hearted tale about a cute adventure in Paris, but this book was SO much more. The main character, Sophie, was so relatable and she reminded me of myself in more ways than i thought. Its like i was on the journey with her. It was beautifully written and I am pained that the story is over.
SamanthaLM More than 1 year ago
One Paris Summer is such a sweet romance with real-life issues tied in. The main character, Sophie Brooks, is very relatable so it’s so easy to see where she is coming from. It’s impossible for me to not love Sophie and wish the best for her! I love Denise’s writing and I feel like I am actually in Paris every time I read and re-read this book. I will admit this momma of four cries many times while reading because I can just feel Sophie’s emotions coming off the page. This is a fantastic book for readers of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a well written book. Genuine familial interactions o blended families. The angst of teenagers growing up through divorce and remarriage with the twist of a foreign country mixed in. Superb misunderstandings of the parents and kids working through their beliefs and learning the truth. Excellent read for adults and teenagers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you the rught amount of teen romance and love that it left me bawling my eyes out! Although it was a bit cliche, i still loved it
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review** 5+ stars When Sophie and her brother Eric find themselves on a plane to visit their father and his fiancé for their upcoming nuptials, while excited for a trip to Paris, France, they aren’t nearly as excited about seeing their father or the wedding. For the budding pianist Sophie, she is beyond worried that a lack of practicing all summer will endanger her chance at a scholarship to a prestigious college. And while her new step-mom, Eva is nice and happy to have them in Paris, her daughter and their new step-sister, Camille, is less than thrilled to not only have to share her room and home with Sophie, but that she is also expected to show them around on their visit. When their first trip sightseeing ends up with Camille purposely loosing Sophie on the Metro, she knows she’s in for a long summer. But then Mathieu, a childhood friend of Camille’s shows up to rescue Sophie, while she first thinks that it’s another of Camille’s cruel jokes, but Mathieu has a way about him that settles Sophie and sends her head spinning. Even with her brother Eric’s friend Dane visiting them in Paris, whom Sophie’s had a crush on for some time, she sees the caliber of character difference and begins the spend more time with Mathieu, if even just to practice on his mother’s piano instead of the key board her father bought her. Mathieu keeps his feelings just out of reach, and Sophie is continually baffled by him – his seeming interest, but then pulling back just when she starts to feel close to him. Between boy issues and daddy issues, Sophie can’t help but feel overwhelmed. However, when she gets in front of the piano at Mathieu’s house, her tensions melt away and all the trouble with boys, her father, and even Camille are nothing but key strokes on the piano. So when she gets the opportunity of a lifetime to play in a prestigious program, while she has her reservations, she decides to try. With all of her ducks seemingly in a row, she finally begins to feel confident about her decisions – but when her best friend is in a terrible accident and someone comes between her and Mathieu, Sophie wonders if it hasn’t all been a trick of the bright lights in Paris. I ADORED this book! Ms. Grover Swank does yet another amazing job in setting the stage of the emotions and conflicts that Sophie feels on everything from boys she crushes on, to her piano career, and her relationships with her mom and dad. But to have it set in the City of Lights made the story glide off the pages like a cool breeze – her dedication to keeping the French accurate, the names and places she mentions – it’s all summed up in a beautiful story of a young lady’s coming of age story and finding her way in the world. While Sophie may be just another typical teenager, nothing about the way Ms. Grover Swank portrays her characters and their emotions is simply breathtaking! Bravo!!
Rayleigh More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. One Paris Summer is a book with absolute charm and romance, much like it’s title suggests. Whisked off to one of the most romantic countries there is, during a teen’s most favorite time of year, this book does not fall short of its potential. The storyline is excellently paced and has enough “surprises” to keep the reader still interested in the summer of Sophie’s life. The characters are all charming and well developed and the French phrases throughout the book will give the reader an element of pleasure as they know they are learning a bit of this romantic language. As for the content of the book, the romance is very very high and has so many kissing scenes I essentially lost count. They range from very deep and detailed to short and sweet and there are 5 or more direct mentions of having sex (some characters speaking about themselves doing this) however there were no actual scenes. The language, when speaking sexually, says “screw(ing)” 2 or 3 times and there is one use of “h*ll” during a fight. Overall, I actually really enjoyed One Paris Summer for the constant push of valuing family above work and for showing that not all families are perfect, but they are certainly worth fighting for. Despite the high romance aspect, this was a generally clean YA novel, especially when compared to other’s I’ve read, so I will still give it 4 out of 5 stars and do recommend it to my readers older than 14 or 15 years of age. This review was originally published on Literature Approved (http://literatureapproved.wordpress.com)
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
One year after her father left his family to go to Paris, Sophie and her brother are invited – or more like required – to spend their summer in Paris with him and his new wife and step-daughter, Camille. Still hurting from his betrayal, Sophie is not looking forward to the trip. At first, it seems as awful as she had imagined – tension with her father, a hateful stepsister for a roommate and tour guide, a language barrier, and no piano to practice on for her upcoming scholarship competition. But with the help (and possible romance?) from one of Camille’s friends, things begin to look up. One Paris Summer captured me from page one and refused to let go. I read so many books, but only 1 in 10 addict me like this one did. I found myself thinking about the characters – and yearning to go to Paris – long after I finished reading it. I highly recommend it. The romance was sweet and had its share of ups and downs. First, of course, was the initial “Does he like me? Should I like him?” jitters, leading into something more lasting and beautiful. There are complications, misunderstandings, and an attempted sabotage, all of which nearly broke up the relationship. But it survived and was all the stronger for it. Also, the characters did not put too much stock in the romance; what I mean is, yes, the relationship between the characters was extremely important to them, but they did not make all of their decisions solely based on each other. They did not let their relationship stop them from following their dreams, which, in my mind, is a sign of a healthy relationship. One Paris Summer addressed many topics, not just the romance, which was part of the reason it was so amazing. The father-daughter and step-family relationships were important to the story. They were difficult for the characters to deal with and were addressed very well. They also gave me a glimpse of what a few of the people I know, who are in similar situations, have gone through. Music was another major theme. Its ability to express emotion and pain as well as its beauty were instrumental in Sophie’s life. They gave her opportunities to further her dreams as well as healing. And experiencing a different culture was also a theme. It has to be, considering it is about a couple American teens living in Paris for the summer. One Paris Summer presented the culture differences very well. For one, differences in the way people conduct their romantic relationships had a large impact on the plot, as the characters had to bridge the gap in order for the relationship to succeed. And the beauty of Paris and the French culture was evident and made me long to experience it for myself. One Paris Summer was magical. I loved it from the beginning and will never stop. I highly recommend it to YA contemporary romance readers. I received a free copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend for any teen fourteen or older. But I think it will also depend on your child and what you are comfortable with them reading. I am fine with my daughter reading this and am actually recommending it to her. I really like Sophie and respected her love of music as music is a passion of mine. The romance that blossoms between her and Matthieu is every teen girls dream, especially in Paris. I also like how Denise addresses the issue of divorce and how the kids deal with it, all a bit differently. There is also reconciliation and I loved that as well. As the description says above this is intended for general readership. There really isn’t any Christianity in the story at all. There is some verb-age that might bother some, but honestly, it’s better than how most teens talk or even over hear on a daily basis (I know, I teach high schoolers). A copy of this book was given to me by through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank is a stand alone book published by Blink, a division of Harper Collins publishers. It is the first book that I've read by this author, and I thought it was a decent way to pass the time. Blink publishing is not specifically Christian, so read with caution with books published by this publisher if you are expecting something overtly Christian. Personally I think this book is appropriate for older teens. While many would consider a summer vacation to Paris to be amazing, Sophie Brooks does not. You see, her dad divorced her mom and moved to Paris, leaving Sophie, her brother, and her mother in South Carolina. Sophie's hurt and doesn't want to have anything to do with her dad, much less her soon-to-be new stepmom and stepsister Camille, the latter of which she has to share a room with. Camille doesn't like Sophie from the start, and the two are at odds for much of the book. Meanwhile handling her dad and new stepsister, Sophie's brother's friend comes to visit, and while Sophie has been crushing on him for years, Camille quickly takes over his interest. And worst of all, Sophie was promised that she would be able to practice piano over the summer so that she could apply to Juilliard, but alas, there is no piano. Luckily, a friend of Camille's happens to have a grand piano that Sophie can practice on every day. Unluckily, Camille is against anything that could benefit Sophie, including letting her date any cute friends, especially those with pianos. I thought that this was a cute teenage read, and as I previously said, I would recommend this, but probably just to older teens. The story was cute even if cliche and the characters were a little immature. Thank you to Blink publishers and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute romance!!! So Sophie's father has basically up and moved to Paris, not spoken to her or her brother for almost a year, and then drops a bomb - "I'm getting remarried next week." Uh oh. Now they have to spend the summer in Paris which would be great if Sophie wasn't wounded by the horrid way their dad handled the situation, if Sophie could even speak French, or if her new stepsister didn't hate her guts for no reason. I related so much to Sophie! Seriously, she is one of the most relatable teens I've read in YA in a while. She's just your average girl with passions and hurts. She loves to play the piano, and her passion for it just flows through the book without drawing focus away from the storyline. I thought Denise Grover Swank did a good job at portraying Sophie's hurt, anger, and confusion throughout the story. The description of Paris was amazing. Like this-will-be-in-my-bag-if-I-ever-go-to-Paris amazing. Sophie and Mattieu's romance was oh so very swoon worthy! Oh, the butterflies, my friends! Fans of Sarah Dessen are sure to enjoy One Paris Summer. I also want to remind everyone that while Blink is a Christian imprint of Zondervan, their titles are much more mainstream. Blink specializes in clean YA fiction, and an editor at Blink recently wrote a great blog post about what "clean" YA means. Their stories have Christian tones, but may mention very little if any Christianity. Bottom line: This is a sweet, easy to read, clean YA romance that teens and adults are sure to love! I really enjoyed it. Four stars. :) I received a copy of One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
Holly More than 1 year ago
One Paris Summer is the story of one young woman's summer in Paris that proved that not all is what it seems. Sophie and her brother, Eric are sent to spend the summer in Paris with their father who left them a year back without a word and he has some shocking news that he is getting married again and it comes with a new step-sister named Camille. With Sophie's relationship is on rocky ground with her father and having this new mean step-sister, a chance to escape a dinner party throws her in the path of Mathieu and a summer that Sophie won't forget. With Camille making her self known that she doesn't want anything to do with Sophie or Eric but with Dane who is supposedly Eric's friend who came along for half of the summer. Mathieu who used to date Camille, is not on the best of terms with Sophie until she needs a place to play her music and quickly they fall in love despite everything that is around them. It all comes down to a prank that Dane and Camille play on Sophie and Mathieu that threatens everything they know in a stunning conclusion that proves that love will always win!! All I can say about this book is WOW, this book will make you get lost within the pages just wanting to see how it all ends and I can promise that it won't disappoint you!! The things that Camille did was unflattering but by the end of the book you can see why she does things like this. This book will have you wanting to visit Paris for the summer just to get that feeling you get while reading this book! Thank You to Denise Grover Swank for having this book come out in the perfect time that makes you want to have a summer in Paris!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I received this book from the BookSparks YA Summer Reads!!
crashdeedee More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn’t love to be a teenage girl spending a summer in Paris? Many would, but Sophie is not one of them. Almost a year ago, Sophie’s father left her, her brother Eric and her mom to follow his dream to Paris. Now Eric and Sophie are going to see their father marry a woman they never met and acquire a stepsister, Camille, who seems to hate Sophie onsite. Sophie is young, hurt and naïve. The only thing she has to look forward to is playing the piano in the hopes of winning a scholarship. When her father reneges on even that promise, Sophie feels even more off kilter and alone. Enter cute French guy, Mathieu. There is instant attraction between him and Sophie and he helps her navigate her way around Paris and finds her a way to practice the piano. Unfortunately, Mathieu is a friend of Camille and it causes drama between all parties involved. I instantly connected with Sophie and could feel her emotions as if they were my own. The supporting characters offer great depth and drama to the story. I particularly love Eric, Eva (their new stepmom), and Etienne (Mathieu’s stepbrother). Eric and Sophie grow close during the summer and bond in a way that they probably wouldn’t if they stayed home. Eva is beyond kind, smart and supportive. As the weeks go on, Sophie gains confidence and starts to fall in love with Paris and Mathieu. Unfortunately, Camille is the stepsister from hell and the mean girl we all feared in high school. Eric’s friend Dane arrives in Paris to spend a few weeks and adds even more chaos. Dane and Camille get together and their actions have major consequences that move the story along and creates more heartache and drama. I love the story and the personal journey Sophie and the other characters go on. It makes me want to go to Paris and spend one amazing summer there.
Born2Read More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever been so invested in a Young Adult Contemporary Romance before. However, this book is so much more than that. There is the teen angst and drama, but more importantly it explores many different relationship and familial dynamics. I loved how Sophie grew and changed through the book. She became a more confident, strong young woman. She knows what she wants to do with her life and is practicing and working hard to achieve it. I especially loved how Sophie and her brother, Eric, grew closer during the book. Eric starts out as her annoying older brother, but quickly became the overprotective big bother and made my heart melt. He also was good for a few laughs at the way he reacted in certain scenes. He does not like the idea of his sister dating a french teenage boy. But that french teenage boy swept me off my feet along with Sophie. I have always wanted to go to Paris and even more so now after reading this. Denise does a fantastic job describing Paris, I felt like I was there with Sophie. I loved the little bit of French that was throughout the book. (It was like getting free French lessons). I went through many emotions during my read. I laughed, got angry for Sophie (really wanted to slap her stepsister multiple times) and I even cried a few times. Denise always pulls me into the story so that I'm so engrossed in it that I sometimes forget that the characters are not real. Warning: If you didn't want to go to Paris before, you will after you read this.
ByeFelicia More than 1 year ago
I've never been to Paris but I've always wanted to go and Denise's ability to immerse you into the story makes you feel like you're there on top of the Eiffel Tower looking out over the city or simply sipping a cappuccino at a streetside café. So many emotions in this book. First love, heartache, sibling rivalry, family tension. Denise has a talent for connecting you to her characters. You grow to love them and you even love to hate some of them. You feel as though you've become a part of the story and it stays with you long after you've finished their story. It captured my heart as we follow Sophie Brooks while she lives the dream we've all had of going to Paris, meeting a boy and having a summer romance. While the circumstances that brought her were not exactly what she had hoped for and things seem to have a rough start, Sophie takes the advice of her best friend Jenna and looks for the positive side of being in Paris while taking steps out of her comfort zone. Maybe by the end of the summer she can even say that she lived a little with the help of a certain young French boy of course!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. So many things going on! Yes, it is a YA, but as an adult, I loved it too. It's a Cinderella story, well, not really but it does have certain aspects including a wicked stepsister (and is she wicked!) However, the stepmother is wonderful. The story takes place in Paris and I could just see myself there and the sites they toured, I was mesmerized. I was living my inner teenager and I loved it! And the food! I could even smell it, maybe I was just hungry. However, I was definitely wrapped up in this tale and did not want to put it down. I would highly recommend this book to rom/com lovers! Huge thanks to Zonder-Kids Books and Net Galley for allowing me to read and providing me the e-galley to do so in exchange for an honest review!
Bongela More than 1 year ago
When Denise Grover Swank announced she was writing a YA story set in Paris, I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes and groaned. My question was: why Paris? The answer is because that’s what the writer chose. I’ll always give Denise’s work a shot because I'm a superfan, so that’s why I’m here writing a 4 1/2-star review of One Paris Summer! What I didn’t like: Paris. I’m so over it as a romantic setting. It is what it is and I’ll get over it. I DESPISED both Dane and Camille. They were absolutely terrible, teenagers or not. They were wonderful as antagonists, but I wanted to do my fair share of throat punching. I also did not like how manipulative that Mathieu was in trying to keep his relationship a secret, but obviously Sophie caught on. Mathieu was loveable otherwise. I liked their relationship and I’m glad that Denise avoided the dreaded love-triangle. I hate love triangles. What I did like: everything else! Denise writes well-developed characters and OPS is no different. Sophie and Eric were wonderful as siblings. There’s friction, but at the end of the day they’re still family. It took me a handful of chapters to warm up to Sophie. She, along with Camille, both played the teenage angst card well. I thought Sophie was going to be brat the whole time, but she really grew as a young woman. What I don’t get is the resistance of Sophie’s father to her music and wanting to audition. Fool, you just up and ran to Paris. You abandoned your family. Support your kid! One Paris Summer is a relatively easy read. It’s a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Denise’s descriptive ability has me craving French cuisine in a big way. She should release a cookbook! There’s not much in the way of violence, and there’s no creepy underage sex writing. OPS is a solid coming of age story. If it weren’t announced that it was a standalone, I’d be demanding a sequel right about now. ****4 1/2 stars**** *Edited to add* I love that Sophie's family is from Charleston, SC. That's just a few hours south from me and visit whenever I can. My Dad lived in the low country before I came along. Maybe these characters will eventually cross paths with those in Lyla Payne's Low Country Mysteries?!
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
This is seriously one of the best YA novels I have ever read. I can think of only a few others, okay maybe one (HP), that I might rate over this one. This book, every time I picked it up, I was crying. It is emotionally accurate to what a child of divorce feels and goes through as they learn to accept and cope with the situation. This book focuses on growth, loving yourself, putting yourself first, and learning to navigate the world as a young adult. The romance is purely a very nice side story to the focus of a young woman coming into herself. This is worth a read, then a reread, and then handing it to your daughter and telling her that you want her to love herself as much as Sophie learns to.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This delightful YA novel charmed me. In it, Sophie and Eric are forced to travel to Paris to spend the summer with the father that had abandoned them a year earlier. Their father is remarrying and forces his step-daughter to include Sophie and Eric in everything, even though she hates Sophie for merely existing. What follows is tremendous teenage angst as Sophie struggles to exist in a foreign city where she doesn't speak the language, can't find her way around, and her new step-sister is actively trying to sabotage her at every opportunity. The author is a master story-teller and this novel continues to prove that true. This is a YA novel targeted at teens, but this much older reader thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is absent cursing or sex, so you can feel comfortable with your teen reading it, however, it has enough complexity that that all readers will enjoy it. Add this one to your must reads list. The author has been on my must read authors' list for quite some time. This novel simply proves that she remains on that list regardless on genre.