Author: Lucy Silag
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publication Date: January 8, 2009
Plot - 17/20
Characters - 18/20
Writing - 18/20
Originality - 16/20
Entertainment - 7/10
Recommendation - 8/10
***This book will be released January 8, 2009***
Pretty Little Liars meets My So-Called Life in this story of four American teens in Paris and the scandals that haunt each of them.
There’s rich New York girl Alex; Cali-born dancer Olivia; closeted Memphis boy Zack; and finally PJ, an elusive beauty from Vermont who’s hiding a dark past.
Studying abroad for their junior year of high school, they run wild in the Tuileries, hold clandestine parties in their host families’ luxe apartments, take over tiny crowded cafes and generally live the glamorous life.But in the end they all must face the lies they’ve told and secrets they’ve kept when the unthinkable happens.
I think the summary I found is really bad, and I would've typed up the summary on the back of the ARC, but I have a few other reviews to right up today and wanted to save my fingers . . .
I thought this book was really good. Very enjoyable. All the characters had a mysterious past, some known, or at least half of it, others were only hinted at and hidden until the next book. The characters were very three-dimensional. See, the chapters alternate between Alex, Olivia, PJ, and Zack and a problem I had was when you saw the characters through the other characters eyes. They seemed shallow when you weren't inside their head. Alex was the rich girl, she was shallow and catty especially towards some other characters. She was spiteful and rude and her determination to get a boyfriend so many times toward this one person just got old. Olivia, PJ, and Zack were the characters that when their chapters ended, I couldn't wait to get back to them.
The writing in this book was really good. It was soft, mysterious and soothing words that had a deep meaning behind them. The setting was great and the hint of french words used throughout the novel was romantic. The ending was a tiny, itty bitty cliff-hanger for the next book coming in the fall of '09. I recommend this book. It was very enjoyable.