Maybe in Paris Review

Title: Maybe in Paris
Author: Rebecca Christiansen
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: 20 June 2017
Source: Sky Pony Press
Format: E-book
Pages: 240
Rating: 1 Stars
Reading Timeline: 05 September 2017










Goodreads Synopsis:

Keira Braidwood lands in Paris with her autistic brother, Levi, and high hopes. Levi has just survived a suicide attempt and months in the psych ward - he's ready fir a dose of the wider world. Unlike their helicopter mom and the doctors who hover over Levi, Keira doesn't think Levi's certifiable. He's just... quirky. Always has been.

Those quirks quickly begin to spoil the trip. Keira wants to traipse all over Europe; Levi barely wants to leave their grubby hotel room. She wants to dine on the world's cuisine; he only wants fast food. Levi is one giant temper tantrum, and Keira's ready to pull out her own hair.

She finally finds the adventure she craves in Gable, a hot Scottish bass player, but while Keira flirts in the Paris Catacombs, Levi's mental health breaks. He disappears from their hotel room and Keira realizes, too late, that her bother is sicker than she was willing to believe. To bring him home safe, Keira must tear don the wall that Levi's sickness and her own guilt have built between them.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

There is a whole lot of mixed opinions on this book. Some absolutely love it and others say that the representation in this book is awful. I am intrigued to see on which side of the spectrum I sit.

Thank so much to Sky Pony Press for providing me with a copy of this book! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

There was nothing unique about the writing. It was okay and didn't actually really stand out to me. I found it to be very meh. But I couldn't really find any fault with it either. I personally think that the author needs to find her own unique voice because she had all of the technicalities down. She knew how to change up the pace of her sentences. She knew when it was time for dialogue. But she didn't have something that differentiated her writing.

Plot Thoughts:

This is where the book really fell flat for me. It was full of negative messages. There was this huge obsession with the main characters weight and the fact that her bother has autism which makes him 'weird'. The mother was awful. She could act nice minute and in the next she would slut shame her daughter. It was incredibly infuriating and off putting. 

I also found the plot to be slow. I was flying through the pages but nothing much was actually happening. 

Character Thoughts:

The characters felt underdeveloped. There was no substance to them besides the issues that the main character had with them and herself. I was unable to connect with anyone in this book and thought that the representation wasn't done well.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, my biggest problem with this story was that it wasn't believable and there was just this constant negativity. I am not saying that life is always peachy but this book was just too negative for me. The writing lacked the author's unique voice, the plot was slow and the characters were underdeveloped. There were too many things in this book that infuriated me. I wish that I could have liked this book. But was it was too problematic. Thank you to Sky Pony Press for providing me with a copy of this book.

Yours in Reading,

Melleny



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