Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: Paris- Alex & Dana by Rachel Hawthorne

Title: Paris: Alex & Dana
Series: Year Abroad Trilogy 
Book #: Two
Author: Rachel Hawthorne 
Published: 2000
Source: Borrowed from a friend

A French boyfriend—that's Dana's mission for junior year in Paris. So why does she keep running into boring Alex Turner from home? Okay, he's not exactly boring. But he's not French, either. So she's relieved that he only wants to date a Parisian girl.

Really, she is. (taken from
Paris- it's the most romantic city in the world, right? So why is Dana attracted to the one familiar American boy there instead of a poetic French boy? At least, that's what Dana kept asking herself. I, however, was completely in love with Alex. He was such a down-to-earth, flawed character. His sarcastic comments and reluctance to give in to his feelings for Dana pretty much made the novel for me.

Not only does this sequel focus on the foreign traditions of other countries, but it also highlights the issue of divorce and how teens handle the situation when their parents split up. I really enjoyed watching Alex go through the healing process, and I was proud of Dana for supporting him. I think it drew the two together more than anything else they experienced in their year studying abroad. 

In the previous novel, the protagonist, Robin, nearly drove me up a wall. She was incredibly annoying and ridiculous, in my opinion. Dana was a much more relatable, normal character. Instead of pretending to be someone she wasn't, Dana stuck to her goals while still letting her new friends see her bright personality. I will admit that her refusal to accept her feelings for Alex did get a bit tiresome. I mean, what is so great about French guys? They are not that different from American boys, are they? 

Overall, I'd say that Alex and Dana's story was written more romantically than Robin and Kit's. I appreciated the sincerity of the story and the characters a great a deal more. If you read and enjoyed the first book, then you will adore this sequel! 


Cindy said...

The cover doesn't catch my attention, but it sounds nice enough. Great review :)

Anonymous said...

This book was awesome!