Author: Anna Adams

A French Girl In New York [Review]

Posted February 21, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

A French Girl In New York [Review]A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams
Series: The French Girl #1
Published by Createspace on July 30th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 362
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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two-half-stars
Series Rating: three-stars
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Maude Laurent is a spirited sixteen-year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town in the north of France with a passion for piano and a beautiful voice. One day in Paris, she is discovered by an American music producer who takes her to New York to live with him and his close-knit family while producing her first album, with help from teen pop star, Matt. Maude will dive into a new fascinating world discovering New York City, music, family, love and the truth about her past.

Title: A French Girl In New York
Author: Anna Adams
Series: The French Girl #1
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fairytale Retelling, Music
Pages: 273
Published By: Anna Adams, December 21, 2012
Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile, YA & NA Romance Color Challenge

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Maude Laurent is a spirited sixteen year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town in the North of France with a passion for piano and a beautiful voice. One day in Paris, she is discovered by an American music producer who takes her to New York to live with him and his close-knit family while producing her first album, with help from teen pop star, Matt. Maude will dive into a new fascinating world discovering New York City, music, family, love and the truth about her past.
(Goodreads)

“Music is everywhere,” Maude said softly. “It is in the water, in the wind’s hum, in the bird’s cry, in the boat’s horn. Rhythm surrounds us. That is one of life’s greatest gifts.”

I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t love it. I will continue on the series at some point. But it was just one of those books that you liked well enough, but I just couldn’t get myself to love it. There are aspects of this book that I love. But there are aspects that I don’t love, too.

I liked the storyline a lot. It was a Cinderella retelling and at the end there was a twist that made it a fresh story in itself. I also, really liked Maude and Matt. Maude was this strong character who got dealt a really shitty hand in the beginning of her life. Matt is simply adorable. The two of them together = cute. However, it took a while for them to admit to each other that they had feelings for one another. But it took them forever to get together! I wish that was a shorter time frame because I would have liked to see them together more.

The thing that irritated me the most and made it harder for me to read was the different points of view. Okay, I have no problem when an author wants to have different points of view. But the way this was done, was confusing. It wasn’t done chapter to chapter or even separated into sections. It was done within the same few paragraphs and it was really difficult for me to read it that way.

I think that this is a great story with great potential. I just think it could have used another round of drafting and editing. But I liked the story and characters enough to want to continue their story. So, I’m hoping that the second book is better.

 

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two-half-stars
Stephanie
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