I would consider this a 5 star book and one of Sarra Manning's best novels, I just finished reading 'Adorkable' by Manning and it's a close second to my favourites by Manning, this book obviously the first! It's a book that I love to re-read!
This book follows 17-year-old Bea who has a crazy obsession with France, who has a father from Paris that she has never met! Bea is a quiet, shy girl then all a sudden the popular Ruby takes an interest in her and Bea agrees to go on holiday to Spain with her and Ruby's other friends. Except when Bea gets there Ruby reviels her true colours, unable to stand it Bea heads off to Paris to search for her father. On her journey Bea makes true friends with back-packers, truley finds herself and [of course] falls in love.
Bea thinks she's the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world. She's not pretty or popular or funny, unlike her mother who had Bea when she was 17. The only glamorous thing about Bea is the French father who left before she was born and lives in Paris. She yearns for la vie Parisienne every moment of her dull existence. So when Ruby Davies, the leader of her school's most elite clique picks Bea as her new best friend and asks her to go on holiday with them, she's wary but delighted. If nothing else it's two weeks away from her over-protective mother . But when the gang arrive in Spain, Bea is crushed to realise that Ruby and her posse have simply been using her. Bea wreaks vengeance on her so-called friends, and plans to decamp to Paris to find her father. But when she falls asleep on the train and wakes up in Bilbao, she meets a group of American students who are backpacking around Europe and bonds with them straight away, especially the gorgeous Toph, who helps heal Bea's hurting heart. And though Bea has a shock in store when they finally get to Paris, the 'City of Lovers ' really works it magic on Bea and Toph, who spend a week wandering the sun-dappled streets of Paris, talking, holding hands and falling in love. When it comes time to go home to confront her Mum about her mysterious father, the new version of Bea is determined that she 'll never go back to her old, boring way of life - she's no longer Nobody's Girl; she belongs to herself and to Toph...But with an ocean between them, will he wait for her?
I absolutely loved Manning's description of Paris, through her writing you could really tell that she loves France. A great thing about this book is that many teenagers are able to relate to Bea, how she felt out of place and how she was treated and I love how Manning uses these events to make Beau stronger and eventually enables Beau to stand up for herself. I would definitely recommend this book to other Sarah Dessen fans!