by Phoebe Stone
Age Range: 10 - 13 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (April 26, 2016)
Most people go to Paris to fall in love, but twelve-year-old Petunia Beanly goes to Paris to hide from it. She knows how much love hurts. She'll never forget how painful it was to mess up badly with Windel Watson, the only boy who has ever made her heart turn over. Besides, love is really only for the golden people, like Pet's gorgeous, glamorous, and infuriating older sister, Ava. So when Pet and her family move to Paris for a year, her plan is to stay in her new room with the blankets over her head.Petunia is nicknamed Pet, by name and also by the way she is treated. Right off the bat you realize Pet's mom only has eyes for her older sister Ava, and Ava has no respect for her younger sister (What younger sister can't relate? Lol! I'm JUST KIDDING MOM <3)
But Paris knows how to find its way into the shyest of hearts. And Paris has a surprise in store for both Beanly sisters that will change the way they see themselves, each other, and the swirling adventure that is a first crush.
WHAT IS WITH MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS AND EMBARRASSING THE MAIN CHARACTER SO MUCH IT EMBARRASSES THE READER?! Every middle grade book that is about a girl in love, she embarrasses herself so much that you want to bury yourself in a hole and never come out again. Ever heard the term, love make you a fool? Yeah, multiply that by a thousand and you have middle grade books. This one is NO exception. You are given little pieces of her embarrassment from home, and have to suffer through the Paris embarrassment.
The part of this book I really loved was the part you hear about the doll dress that Pet finds in her room. I don't know if it is based on a true story or not, but it was very interesting and the story helped develop Pet's character.
Character development was BEAUTIFUL in this book. Everyone's perspectives changed by the end of the book, and it was very nice to see. I don't think a single person started and ended the book the same.
The ending seemed a little forced, and didn't have a lot of little dropped hints and that bothered me a little, but I forgive her because it's a middle grade book and happily ever after is more important in these books than reality.
(I've heard that this is like an Anna and the French Kiss middle grade version, so maybe if your daughter wants to read Anna but you don't want her to, shove this book in her hands instead) XOXO THANKS FOR READING!