The Compulsive Reader: Reading Rants: La Belle France

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Reading Rants: La Belle France

Are you a Francophile? (No, I'm not talking about James Franco...) Plane tickets overseas are a bit pricey this summer, but books are cheap. Here are a few YA books that take place in France, with all of the charm, romance, good food, and fantastic history the country has to offer!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

While this book spans continents over the course of the novel, the most important day in the book, and the most important setting, is in Paris. I love how Forman shows readers a glimpse of Paris that is a nice mix of landmarks and every-day city. Here's to hoping for more of Paris in the sequel, Just One Year, out October 15th, 2013!

Vidalia in Paris by Sasha Watson

If you've ever wondered what it's like to study abroad in France, this is the book for you! The story follows Vidalia, an art student on a scholarship to study abroad in Paris, and the mystery she falls into there involving priceless art, a mysterious dealer, and a cunning scheme.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Revolution is one of my favorite historical fiction novels (and Donnelly one of my favorite writers of historical fiction). This book is a little different from her others as it follows the story of two girls, one living in the present, and one during the French Revolution. From the famous monuments and landscapes to the catacombs beneath the streets, this book is brimming with music, history, and life. I loved it.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

While this book is a little lighter than the rest, it's nonetheless a fun and entertaining story about studying abroad, learning a new language and culture, and finding the courage to move out of your comfort zone and try new things. Plus, there is kissing. 

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Paris is just a stop in this charming story about a girl named Ginny who is following the clues that her dead aunt left her in 13 little blue envelopes, leading her all across Europe. 

Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag

This is the story of four American teens--PJ, Olivia, Zack, and Alex--spending a school year in Paris, and the secrets and drama that unfold.

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

Another historical fiction novel set during the French Revolution, Gardner's book includes a cast of diverse characters and Parisian theater. It's on my to-be-read list!

What are your favorite books set in France? Am I missing any good ones?

1 comment:

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

Cool-I have read most of these but I've never even heard of Vidalia in Paris. Definitely want to check that one out!