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Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Finding Paris by Joy Preble
Publication Date: April 21st 2015
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 272
Genre: Romance • Mystery
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A page-turning, evocative novel for fans of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and SPEAK, about a girl who must follow a trail of mysterious clues to discover what happened to her sister.

        Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind—going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love.

        But Leo isn’t going anywhere yet… until Paris ditches her at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris—a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared?

        When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is a not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold tightly.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

How far would you go for your sister?
When I picked up Finding Paris, a part of my brain was expecting something similar to Paper Towns because of the promise of clues and adventure. Finding Paris, unfortunately is not like Paper Towns. I can't really describe the book as anything other than mediocre, not bad and not great.
The book's plot has it's strengths, the foreshadowing that Preble puts into the book is actually pretty good, it's not too thick so you know what's going to happen, and it's so thin that go over the plot with a fine tooth comb. Also the book is actually a pretty quick read, not too intense, a nice day read to have between heavy hitters, but that's all I could say on the positive sides of this book.

  Almost everything else is mediocre, if not little bit dull. There were points in the story were I wasn't actually reading to find out what happened next, but instead, just going through the motions of reading so I could get to the end. The clues particularly annoyed me because, unlike in Paper Towns, the reader cannot figure out the clues with Leo, we're merely along for the ride.  It's not horrible, but again, nothing great.

  I have to talk about the climax of the book, because this is where everything suddenly becomes like Thirteen Reasons Why and SpeakFinding Paris goes from vague and a little suspenseful to crazy in about three seconds. Not necessarily a bad thing if you like when books suddenly become full of action, but personally, I think the story suffered from it, because I could not understand what was happening to save my life.

  Finally, I have to add this one note, it's a spoiler, but it's also a trigger warning so if you want to pick up Finding Paris, but you have a mental health concern that can be affect by triggers, than keep reading past the final grade, otherwise.

Overall, save this book for the summer, it might be a good book for the beach, but I wouldn't cuddle up during cold weather with Finding Paris.
 Two targets, because you tried, and you sort of succeeded

Spoiler Alert:
Finding Paris contains scenes of rape and molestation.