Book: The French Impressionist
Author: Rebecca Bischoff
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Rosemary is fifteen and gloriously free, on her own for the very first time. Part of an exchange program for aspiring artists, she arrives in sunny southern France with a single goal: she doesn’t plan to leave, ever. She wants a new life, a new family, and a new identity. But her situation, crafted from lies big and small, is precarious.
Desperate to escape haunting images from her past and a stage one helicopter parent, Rosemary struggles to hide her lack of artistic talent and a communication disorder that has tormented her all her life. She believes her dream of a new start will come true, until she unwittingly finds herself enveloped in a decades-old mystery that threatens to ruin her only chance for success. Determined to stay, Rosemary must choose whether or not she’ll tell the biggest lie of all, even if it means destroying the life of someone she cares about.
Dramatic, heartwarming, and full of teenage angst, The French Impressionist perfectly captures the struggle of those who feel they have no voice, and also shows the courage it takes to speak up and show the world who we really are.
trishajennreads review: 3 stars
An entertaining read.
I requested this book because the cover intrigued me. The style is fun. The idea of a fifteen-year-old girl sneaking off from the United States to France to get a new start sounds like a fun, mischievous read. The novel both looks at Rosemary’s communication disorder, her relationship with her mom and her best friend, and then adds in a bit of a mystery, with everything wrapped up in a heavy dose of teenage angst and awkward, clumsy girl. All in all, the plot bounces a round a tad but manages to stay on course and in the end gather together.
Teenage angst and an adorable first kiss.
I enjoyed parts of this book, but it never grabbed me and made me keep reading. And, the ending felt a little too easy and slick. But for some, that is exactly the kind of ending they prefer.
All in all, this book is a good read if you want something lighthearted with a tinge of seriousness, a lot of mishaps, and an adorable first kiss.
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