Title: Paris for Two
Author: Phoebe Stone
Recommended for: tween girls
Pages: 257 p.
Call Number/Link: J Fiction Stone, P.
Twelve-year-old Petunia is used to living in the shadow of her fourteen-year-old half-sister, Ava, their mother’s favorite. Now that the whole family has moved to Paris for a year, Pet finds herself stepping into the light, making new friends, uncovering secrets, and, inspired by the classic French dolls she has found, revealing an unexpected talent for designing dresses–and her beautiful sister does not take it well.
I was curious when I saw a book titled Paris for Two in the juvenile fiction collection. Between the title and the cover, my first guess was that it would be a romance. For kids who read juvenile fiction? Yikes!
Happily, I was wrong. The book was about Petunia’s experiences in Paris.- dealing with her family, making new friends and time spent designing/sewing dresses. It is an understatement to say that Petunia and her sister weren’t close at the beginning of the book. I was so bothered by the way the mother and older sister treated Petunia that I almost abandoned the book within the first 50 pages.
But it was set in Paris so I continued to read.
While I primarily consider the book realistic fiction, it also has bits of historical fiction, some parallels with the Cinderella story and snippets of innocent romance. It seems to me to have a fairly narrow intended audience: tween girls.