Stunning debut: Paris Mon Amour

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A wonder and a delight, Isabel Costello’s debut, Paris Mon Amour has all the ingredients of an engaging novel that will definitely be hard to put down. Alexandra, the main character, is at a critical point in her life when she says, “I ask myself if, on average, other people are happier than me.” Waylaid between a past disaster and the present state of her marriage, Alexandra is a character I can relate to and empathise with, despite huge cultural differences. Each of the characters are so beautifully drawn that I was a part of Alexandra’s struggle for love and personal acceptance. Costello does an incredible job of balancing humour, passion, and evoking the atmosphere of one of the world’s most beloved cities. This is a novel I enjoyed living inside. Paris Mon Amour caused me to question many of the assumptions I hold dear about the nature of romantic love and what it means to find your identity when you are caught between cultures.

Available here starting June 13, 2016.

YA Summer Reading Picks

  • The Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths
  • Invisible by Marni Bates
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (the film is also excellent)
  • Wings by E.D. Baker
  • Blast from the Past by Ben Elton
  • The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  • Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
  • Della Says: OMG! by Keris Stainton
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
  • Radiance by Allison Noel
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass
  • Reasons to be Happy by Katrina Kittle
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Sundays at Tiffanys by James Patterson
  • Found by Margaret Haddix
  • Huge by Sasha Paley
  • Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Looks by Madeleine George
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray