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Now: Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn’t there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked for more than seventy years. Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her gran Now: Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn’t there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked for more than seventy years. Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her grandmother never once mentioned the family she left behind when she moved to America after World War II. With the help of Paul, a charming Parisian student, she sets out to uncover the truth. However, the more time she spends digging through the mysteries of the past, the more she realizes there are secrets in the present that her family is still refusing to talk about. Then: Sixteen-year-old Adalyn doesn’t recognize Paris anymore. Everywhere she looks, there are Nazis, and every day brings a new horror of life under the Occupation. When she meets Luc, the dashing and enigmatic leader of a resistance group, Adalyn feels she finally has a chance to fight back. But keeping up the appearance of being a much-admired socialite while working to undermine the Nazis is more complicated than she could have imagined. As the war goes on, Adalyn finds herself having to make more and more compromises—to her safety, to her reputation, and to her relationships with the people she loves the most.


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Now: Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn’t there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked for more than seventy years. Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her gran Now: Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn’t there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked for more than seventy years. Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her grandmother never once mentioned the family she left behind when she moved to America after World War II. With the help of Paul, a charming Parisian student, she sets out to uncover the truth. However, the more time she spends digging through the mysteries of the past, the more she realizes there are secrets in the present that her family is still refusing to talk about. Then: Sixteen-year-old Adalyn doesn’t recognize Paris anymore. Everywhere she looks, there are Nazis, and every day brings a new horror of life under the Occupation. When she meets Luc, the dashing and enigmatic leader of a resistance group, Adalyn feels she finally has a chance to fight back. But keeping up the appearance of being a much-admired socialite while working to undermine the Nazis is more complicated than she could have imagined. As the war goes on, Adalyn finds herself having to make more and more compromises—to her safety, to her reputation, and to her relationships with the people she loves the most.

30 review for The Paper Girl of Paris

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    This was SUCH a heavy book to read, but also super interesting! It tells the story of the people who were brave enough to resist the Germans during the Second World War, and it was honestly so impactful and eye-opening. Set in Paris, this story is about Alice who has recently lost her grandmother. And in her will, her grandmother wanted Alice to have her apartment in Paris, which up until then their family new nothing about. When they go to look in the apartment, they come to realise it hasn't be This was SUCH a heavy book to read, but also super interesting! It tells the story of the people who were brave enough to resist the Germans during the Second World War, and it was honestly so impactful and eye-opening. Set in Paris, this story is about Alice who has recently lost her grandmother. And in her will, her grandmother wanted Alice to have her apartment in Paris, which up until then their family new nothing about. When they go to look in the apartment, they come to realise it hasn't been touched since the war. But why? Since her grandmother didn't like to talk about her past, it's up to Alice herself to find out what exactly happened; why did she inherit an apartment that hasn't been touched in decades? First of all, I love everything set in Paris so that was honestly the first thing that interested me about the book. When I found out it was historical fiction set (partly) during the Second World War, I was sold. And I ended up really enjoying reading this (even though it was a hard read)! It was very interesting to find out the mystery of her grandmother along with Alice herself and it led me to have finished this book in a day. It's SO hard to imagine everything that is described from the perspective of Adalyn (Alice's great-aunt), who was in the resistance during the war. It definitely got me thinking more about the war and how hard it must have been. These people were so incredibly brave! And even though there was some drama in Alice's life throughout the book that I feel like wasn't completely necessary to tell the story, I still think this is an important read. If you like reading (YA) historical fiction or are interested in the Second World War in any way, I would highly recommend it! Thanks so much to HarperTeen for sending me an e-arc of this book 💕

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Belcher

    This one is probably about a 3.5 for me but I rounded up because the ending was satisfying and improved upon some of the things I wasn't a fan of throughout the earlier parts of the book (mainly the portrayal of Alice's mother's mental health). The Paper Girl of Paris is a blend of historical fiction and a present-day narrative as Alice tries to find out more about her family, specifically her great aunt Adalyn, after she inherits her grandmother's family home in Pairs, perfectly preserved and u This one is probably about a 3.5 for me but I rounded up because the ending was satisfying and improved upon some of the things I wasn't a fan of throughout the earlier parts of the book (mainly the portrayal of Alice's mother's mental health). The Paper Girl of Paris is a blend of historical fiction and a present-day narrative as Alice tries to find out more about her family, specifically her great aunt Adalyn, after she inherits her grandmother's family home in Pairs, perfectly preserved and untouched since World War II. I was happy we get Adalyn's perspective because that was what was really gripping for me. Her narrative drives the story, coupled with the storyline of Alice trying to figure out what happened. The description of World War II, occupied Paris also felt authentic and I was interested in Adalyn and Chloe's family dynamic throughout that horrible time, as the two teens try to navigate that climate. As Adalyn becomes involved with her work (no spoilers), the stakes get much higher and I found myself enthralled and also constantly anxious for her and the others. There were some parts of the writing that felt a bit odd and as I mentioned before, there were times that the portrayal of mental health was frustrating (though the characters seem to learn and grow by the end). But overall, this was a really engaging and fast-paced read. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperCollins through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars, but I’m comfortable rounding up for the feels this one gave me. I appreciated many aspects of this story: the multiple timelines and narratives, the Paris setting, the uncovering of a part of history I don’t know all that much about and the way it was made more personal.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    2.5 Stars CW: (view spoiler)[Mother suffers from depression and has attempted suicide, war crimes (hide spoiler)] This WWII story is about Alice trying to uncover the mystery of why her grandmother left her an apartment in France in her will. She has uncovered the journal of Adalyn (her great-aunt) and tries to piece together why the apartment was abandoned after the war. The story is told in alternating narrative between Alice and Adalyn. I enjoyed Adalyn's voice more as her actions drove the plo 2.5 Stars CW: (view spoiler)[Mother suffers from depression and has attempted suicide, war crimes (hide spoiler)] This WWII story is about Alice trying to uncover the mystery of why her grandmother left her an apartment in France in her will. She has uncovered the journal of Adalyn (her great-aunt) and tries to piece together why the apartment was abandoned after the war. The story is told in alternating narrative between Alice and Adalyn. I enjoyed Adalyn's voice more as her actions drove the plot forward. A couple of the characters had some mental health issues which, in my opinion, didn't seem to fit into the story. I feel like this was included in to add depth, but too me it felt superfluous as the main story-line was sufficiently engaging. That being said, I felt even this could have been fleshed out a bit and more tension added. At no point did I feel like I was on the edge of my seat as I have been in similar stories. Just an okay book for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caden

    5/5 Stars! Trigger Warning for Depression I absolutely loved this book. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and historical romance, so I immediately knew that I was going to like this book from the moment I read the synopsis. However, I was not expecting to love it as much as I do. I rarely cry when I read books, and this book made me ugly cry. Jordyn Taylor's writing is simple, yet beautiful. She constructed this book so well and made characters that were flawed yet lovable. This book is so p 5/5 Stars! Trigger Warning for Depression I absolutely loved this book. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and historical romance, so I immediately knew that I was going to like this book from the moment I read the synopsis. However, I was not expecting to love it as much as I do. I rarely cry when I read books, and this book made me ugly cry. Jordyn Taylor's writing is simple, yet beautiful. She constructed this book so well and made characters that were flawed yet lovable. This book is so powerful and moving. I truly recommend picking it up, even if Historical Fiction is not usually a genre that you pick up. Thanks for reading! Caden

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ilhaam

    “Did you make it here okay? The trains ran smoothly, Luc. The trains ran smoothly.” I just sobbed half the life out of my body. This book was incredible. I will admit that in the beginning I was a little hesitant, which is why it took me so long to finish, but then when I got into it I was into it . It was a really unique experience to have Adalyn’s POV and Alice’s where they ran parallel to each other and I honestly had a really good time making all the connections. Okay wait no that’s a lie. “Did you make it here okay? The trains ran smoothly, Luc. The trains ran smoothly.” I just sobbed half the life out of my body. This book was incredible. I will admit that in the beginning I was a little hesitant, which is why it took me so long to finish, but then when I got into it I was into it . It was a really unique experience to have Adalyn’s POV and Alice’s where they ran parallel to each other and I honestly had a really good time making all the connections. Okay wait no that’s a lie. Most of the connections made me cry so much that I couldn’t carry on reading but it’s fine I’m fine. Adalyn was such a good character. Her character development, her growth, her strength. Her everything. It was nerve wrecking to read her chapters and if you read this book you’ll know exactly what I mean. She broke my heart. Her and Luc. They made me cry and cry and cry. And so many of the things she said were so relevant regarding what’s happening in the world at the moment that it hurt 100 times more to read about the victims of such cruelty. I definitely recommend this especially if you’re ready to get your heart broken. (If you haven’t read the book now is your last chance to exit this review because major spoilers are incoming) Alices parts were quite frustrating for me. There was just something about her that was annoying me, but in the end when she showed her mom the proper attention she needed I understood her. And Luc. Gosh, when she met him I was losing my mind. Let’s talk for a second about how I cried for the last 30% of the book. So yeah, I did kind of expect some of them to maybe get hurt, and after Arnauld (who made me cry so much I can’t even explain) I wasn’t expecting more of them to die. BUT THEN the author casually mentions that the photographer went to a freaking camp and died there. And I cried some more. And then Adalyn with the German soldier and I cried. And then Adalyn and Luc and I could feel the tragedy and I carried on crying. And then May 31st happened and I sobbed. The trains ran smoothly. WHO EVEN GAVE THE AUTHOR THE PERMISSION TO BREAK MY HEART LIKE THAT. it hurt so so so much to read that this book instantly became one of my favourites ever. Like ever. So, again, I definitely recommend this especially if you’re ready to get your heart broken. Thank you to Harper Collins for the ARC! 🤍

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé

    Happy release day! I'm a day late. This is my most anticipated book for May.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight This was such a sweet, inspiring story! It starts with a young woman inheriting her grandmother's apartment (and apparently, her secrets!) in Paris, and weaves through an incredible tale about standing up against an oppressive regime (1940s) and finding out who you are, where you came from, and just generally speaking up for yourself (present).  Alice's story is sweet, and I enjoyed watch You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight This was such a sweet, inspiring story! It starts with a young woman inheriting her grandmother's apartment (and apparently, her secrets!) in Paris, and weaves through an incredible tale about standing up against an oppressive regime (1940s) and finding out who you are, where you came from, and just generally speaking up for yourself (present).  Alice's story is sweet, and I enjoyed watching her sleuth all over Paris with a very lovely Parisian fellow. I also really liked how the author delved into her family life a bit, and how that was clearly a focus of the story overall. I didn't connect totally to Alice, but I enjoyed her nonetheless.  For me, the absolute bread and butter of this story was Adalyn's perspective. She's incredibly privileged and knows it, but uses it for good during the Nazi invasion of France. Without giving too much away, Adalyn refuses to just sit around while people are tortured and killed, but of course it must be kept a secret. And now, many years later, it's up to Alice to unravel this history of secrets.  I really don't want to say much else, because I fear it'll ruin the story which would be a shame. But it is absolutely one worth reading, as you'll no doubt be inspired by Adalyn's story, and probably wish you were Alice having coffee and being a detective in adorable Parisian cafes.   Bottom Line: A lovely story about families, secrets, and standing up for what's right no matter the cost. 

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Bring My Books)

    This is a title where the topic of intended audience is so important - as an adult reader, I found myself unable to really get into the story, but I think as a younger reader I would have loved this. It gives a lot for a reader to research and discover, and the journey that Alice and her new Parisian friend take to find out more about her grandmother was really interesting. In a perfect world, I would have loved to have way more of the past storyline, because I think that's where this book reall This is a title where the topic of intended audience is so important - as an adult reader, I found myself unable to really get into the story, but I think as a younger reader I would have loved this. It gives a lot for a reader to research and discover, and the journey that Alice and her new Parisian friend take to find out more about her grandmother was really interesting. In a perfect world, I would have loved to have way more of the past storyline, because I think that's where this book really stood out. My biggest frustrations were how little of present day Grandma we were given - I understand that her not being around was basically what created the story and drove the plot - but there is so much that doesn't make sense about her actions after the war and prior to her death. I was also frustrated with how the mental health aspects of the book were handled - those portions seemed as if they were written with a much, much younger audience in mind. Thank you to NetGalley, HarperTeen, & HarperCollins for the opportunity to read and review this book before it's publication date! This in no way affected my review, opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Raji

    Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . 3.5 stars Thank you to the publisher, HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sixteen year old Alice Prewitt has just inherited an apartment in Paris from her grandmother that no one in the family has ever heard about before. She finds an apartment perfectly preserved in time, untouched since the years of World War II, but more interesting are some old photos and the dia Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . 3.5 stars Thank you to the publisher, HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sixteen year old Alice Prewitt has just inherited an apartment in Paris from her grandmother that no one in the family has ever heard about before. She finds an apartment perfectly preserved in time, untouched since the years of World War II, but more interesting are some old photos and the diary of her great-aunt Adalyn, whom no one knew existed, which set her off on a quest to uncover long buried family secrets. The Paper Girl of Paris is narrated in both present and past. On one hand, we follow Alice as she deciphers Adalyn’s diary and retraces her life in Nazi occupied France and on the other, we see the events through Adalyn’s own eyes as she gets involved with the Resistance and takes on dangerous missions to fight against the Nazis, all the while struggling with keeping things a secret from her parents and especially her sister. I loved how immersive the storytelling was and the descriptions of France in the 1940s and the French Resistance make you feel like you’re really there. This particular side of WWII is one I have only begun to explore in historical fiction, and the author did a fantastic job giving us a deeper understanding of the state of things in Paris during this time and how ordinary people rose up to fight in their own ways. However, I can’t really say the same for the present day chapters. Although Alice’s POVs were nice enough to read, I feel that diary entries apart, this story could have been told to far better effect through Adalyn’s POV alone as that is where the real excitement is. Besides, while Alice is not an uninteresting character, I just found it hard to connect to her present day struggles in contrast to the sufferings of Occupied France. The portrayal of mental health was also quite frustrating. Though I am hardly any kind of expert, I thought the subject was taken too lightly and ended up being a hanging plot point that didn’t really ever tie into the main story – not to mention, we never do learn exactly what issues Alice’s mom had with her mother. I’ve been reading a lot of World War II stories lately and they’re always hard to get through due to how heavy the content is, but I have to say that this was the easiest of the lot. The narration is somewhat balanced by the air of mystery and adventure still hanging over the entire tale and this would probably be a good choice for someone starting out on this particular time period in historical fiction or even younger YA readers. This is the first time I’ve come across a historical fiction narrated from a present day POV and I would definitely recommend this unique, beautifully written, fast-paced novel that can easily be read in one sitting!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars Content warnings: PTSD, depression, anti-Semitism I saw this book come up randomly on my Twitter, and I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis and the cover. I wasn't quite sure where this book was going to take me, but it's a wonderful historical fiction novel that centers around a young French women who works for a resistance group in Nazi-occupied Germany and her great-niece 70 years later. The author's writing style is simple, but the story weaved throughout the wo Actual rating: 3.5 stars Content warnings: PTSD, depression, anti-Semitism I saw this book come up randomly on my Twitter, and I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis and the cover. I wasn't quite sure where this book was going to take me, but it's a wonderful historical fiction novel that centers around a young French women who works for a resistance group in Nazi-occupied Germany and her great-niece 70 years later. The author's writing style is simple, but the story weaved throughout the words really makes you wonder how people managed back then. The author doesn't shy away from how difficult life was, even for one of our main characters, Adalyn, who is described as a socialite and it's very obvious her family has money. So when we see Adalyn engage in dangerous "missions" as the book progresses, you really wonder, again, how brave many people like her were during this time period. I think you have suspend disbelief for a lot of the chapters from Alice's POV, and I only say that because it doesn't seem like Alice's parents care very much that their daughter is gone for hours on end in Paris, while they're at home. Maybe I'm projecting here, but I would be afraid for my teenager daughter to wonder such a large city alone for hours, especially since Alice isn't being wholly truthful to her parents in order to keep her mother's feelings at bay. As for Alice's mother, I was truly concerned for her throughout the book, and it was very obvious that when Alice described her mother's "phases" that her mother was going through something very real and difficult. We eventually see that Alice doesn't know the entire truth about her mother's condition. I'm forgiving some of Alice's actions (shouting/yellow when confronting her parents) as being a teenager. I really enjoyed following Adalyn through her diary entries and also in real time from her chapters. Her family seems like a fairly close-knit one, even with her father's mental illness, and we see how painful it is for Adalyn especially in her relationship with her younger sister, Chloe. I think there also needs to be some suspended disbelief here (or maybe just the time period?) in what Adalyn tells her parents. She does have to lie to them a lot once she is fully engrossed in the resistance group. I also felt like there were some parts not fully explained--almost brushed over--toward the ending of the book regarding the fate of Adalyn and what her family did as German occupation drew to a close in France. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I'm not sure I would add it to my personal library as I wasn't wholly enamored with it. I forget how much I enjoy these present/past books with interweaving families until I read a book like this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor is set in Paris during World War II and follows both a member of a resistance group and a girl in the present day who discovers her diary. The historical elements of the book are very well done, and I learned a lot about women in the resistance. However, I didn’t think that the modern storyline was as necessary, and I found the main character’s drama takes away from the emotions of the narration in the past. This boo Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor is set in Paris during World War II and follows both a member of a resistance group and a girl in the present day who discovers her diary. The historical elements of the book are very well done, and I learned a lot about women in the resistance. However, I didn’t think that the modern storyline was as necessary, and I found the main character’s drama takes away from the emotions of the narration in the past. This book tells the story of a girl who stays in Paris after inheriting an apartment from her grandmother. The apartment is in perfect condition despite being abandoned decades ago, and Alice discovers her great aunt’s diary which leads her on a path to discovering what happened in the past. I loved how she is interested in learning more about her family history, and I enjoyed learning about the resistance in occupied France. This book is a historical novel, but I think it is very accessible to those who don’t typically read this genre. ❀ ADALYN’S CHARACTER IS INTERESTING I especially enjoyed Adalyn’s perspective since it takes place during the war and follows her activity in the resistance. I find it interesting reading about women in the war, and this book contains strong female characters who play crucial roles in the resistance. Adalyn spies on Germans while pretending to socialize with them at parties, but she has to make sacrifices to do so. Her story has so much tension, and the stakes are high. I learned a lot through Adalyn, including information about the Zazous, which is a movement I was unfamiliar with. ❀ MULTI-GENERATIONAL The multi-generational aspect of the book is intriguing, but to me, it doesn’t really work out. I didn’t think Alice’s story in the modern day was as significant since her role is to figure out what happened in the past. At the same time as she is piecing together the events of the war, the reader is already watching them happen. To me, all Alice’s drama takes away from the wright of the book, and I found her voice to be childish. I also don’t think the portrayal of mental health in her timeline was as strong as it could have been. Adalyn’s story was much more powerful than Alice’s, and I feel like the book would have been better without the interruptions. ❀ A POWERFUL STORY The Paper Girl of Paris is a powerful story about family history and the resistance of occupied France. I loved reading about the work Adalyn does to fight back, but Alice’s perspective in the modern day was not as impactful. However, if you are a fan of books across multiple timelines, this one may still appeal to you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Russell Taylor

    Loved this book, felt so real and super interesting to see into the minds of people living in Nazi occupied France. So good, I miss all the characters!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lizette

    ✨Review ✨ 📖 The Paper Girl of Paris By Jordyn Taylor On sale: May 26,2020 Advanced copy provided by publisher in exchange for muy honest review which follows. ✨ In a word: Enticing ✨ What phenomenal storytelling! ✨ 🎁🎁🎁The Paper Girl of Paris is definitely suitable as a gift to YA readers of all types . Such immersive storytelling takes you from present day to 1940's occupied France, taking part of the French Resistance. Putting this book down was tough but when I did I could almost smell fresh croissoints ✨Review ✨ 📖 The Paper Girl of Paris By Jordyn Taylor On sale: May 26,2020 Advanced copy provided by publisher in exchange for muy honest review which follows. ✨ In a word: Enticing ✨ What phenomenal storytelling! ✨ 🎁🎁🎁The Paper Girl of Paris is definitely suitable as a gift to YA readers of all types . Such immersive storytelling takes you from present day to 1940's occupied France, taking part of the French Resistance. Putting this book down was tough but when I did I could almost smell fresh croissoints and luscious chocolates. Put this on your summer reading list! The unforseen pivots in the story will captivate you . This was a well crafted nostaglic and modern read by debut author Jordan Taylor. Go pre-order your copy now! 📚Book Summary: Sixteen year old Alice is in Paris for most of the summer with her family to figure out what to do with the Paris apartment she just inherited from her grandmother. Alice starts investigating why her French Grandmother kept this apartment a secret from everyone when she discovers her great aunt Adylyn's diary from the 1940's (shortly before grandma left France for the US) in the pristine apartment. Adylyn's diary sends Alice on a journey through Nazi occupied France to discover lost secrets. Merged review: Review The Paper Girl of Paris By Jordyn Taylor In a word: Enticing! What phenomenal storytelling! The Paper Girl of Paris is definitely suitable as a gift to YA readers of all types. Such immersive storytelling takes you from present day to 1940's occupied France, taking part of the French Resistance. Putting this book down was tough but when I did I could almost smell fresh croissoints and luscious chocolates. Put this on your summer reading list! Pre-order from www.jordynhtaylor.com. The unforseen pivots in the story will captivate you . This was a well crafted nostaglic and modern read by debut author Jordyn Taylor. Book Summary: Sixteen year old Alice is in Paris for most of the summer with her family to figure out what to do with the Paris apartment she just inherited from her grandmother. Alice starts investigating why her French Grandmother kept this apartment a secret from everyone when she discovers her grandmother's sister's diary from the 1940's shortly before grandma left France for the US. Adylyn's diary sends Alice on a quest through Nazi occupied France to discover the secrets behind this straight out of pre-war France apartment. There are more secrets

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)

    **Audible audio book** *Slight spoilers* This book had potential of being an emotional historical fiction about a girl finding out more about her grandmother's family after the grandmother passes away. But this lacked emotional punch, tension in some scenes and also really glossed over a darker topic involving the protagonist's mother. The WWII chapters had some good moments of seeing the anger that Chloe (the grandmother) had towards the Nazi's and how she hates that her family doesn't seem to be **Audible audio book** *Slight spoilers* This book had potential of being an emotional historical fiction about a girl finding out more about her grandmother's family after the grandmother passes away. But this lacked emotional punch, tension in some scenes and also really glossed over a darker topic involving the protagonist's mother. The WWII chapters had some good moments of seeing the anger that Chloe (the grandmother) had towards the Nazi's and how she hates that her family doesn't seem to be bothered by the Germans. Also, Adalyn was brave in being a spy and doing what she could during the war. This had more potential though to dig more into the nature of being a spy. I felt like we only get the surface of how she hated the Germans, spied them and also didn't tell her family about it. But everything is so easy for this resistance group! I doubt that resistance groups in those days had everything go smoothly, although that is something I'm not versed in. Also, Adalyn felt a bit flat as character. I would preferred having the grandmother's POV when she was young to see what she thought of the whole thing. I feel like you don't completely understand why the grandmother left her childhood apartment to her granddaughter before she passed. The grandmother was so mad at her family with how, in her opinion, they didn't take the war as serious as she did as a teen. This contention wasn't fully utilized and it would've made for more entertaining content. Then, with Alice, our modern protagonist, she's reading her great aunt's diary (Adalyn) and trying to figure out what happened to the family she never knew. Plus, Alice's mom clearly is struggling and has had some dark issue for a long time. Let's touch on this. The fact that Alice is NEVER approached by her parents, especially her dad and told what is wrong with her mom. Alice is kept in the dark by her parents which is NOT how you treat your child. I've known many friends in real life whose parents struggle with different issues but my friends were not kept in the dark as kids. The fact that this protagonist is so clueless with her mother's problem really bothered me. Plus, the book only tackles this subject AT THE END of the story. She has to confront her parents on what's going on with her mother to understand, let alone know what's wrong. I have no idea this was a thing. Plus, even though Alice is reading Adalyn's diary, which accounts her SPYING against the Germans, Alice keeps thinking she's a Nazi sympathizer. Ummm...is she that dumb? It takes someone telling her the truth and THEN Alice realizes that her great aunt was a spy, when she was reading the freaking diary! This felt like an inconsistency that wasn't fixed. Adalyn's dairy clearly states the things she went through to become involved with the resistance and what she was apart of. This was annoying and really made my enjoyment plummet. This book had a good beginning with all the stuff they find in the apartment and the quest to find out more about family you never knew. But this book gets easily distracted with having a romance between Alice and a French boy in modern times and that kinda takes over the historical part. Alice doesn't seem quite as motivated sometimes to find out the truth; she's too distracted by this cute boy. Plus, the historical events barely scratch the surface with the suffering of Parisians during the Nazi occupation and other darker subjects that aren't explored. I've read some much better YA historical fiction that dive deeper into the darker side of the war and have much more emotional punch than this one. The narrators were good but this book really disappointed me with how the family situation was left to be quickly dealt with at the end, uneven pacing, a forced romance that started to distract the historical plot, a few annoying conveniences and the inconsistency that I mentioned. Sadly, a major disappointment and one that I don't completely recommend. I'll be returning the audio book...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Addition Angela

    Sixteen year old Alice is visiting Paris with her family during the summer holidays. She has recently lost her Grandmother who has left her an apartment in Paris in her will. But why has the apartment been a secret from everyone? Why has it been left untouched all that time? ..... Alice discovers her Great Aunts diary from 1940 just before her Grandmother left for the USA. Will this tell her why? The diary sends Alice on a journey, a sad Nazi riddled journey of bravery and loss. This is a lovely Sixteen year old Alice is visiting Paris with her family during the summer holidays. She has recently lost her Grandmother who has left her an apartment in Paris in her will. But why has the apartment been a secret from everyone? Why has it been left untouched all that time? ..... Alice discovers her Great Aunts diary from 1940 just before her Grandmother left for the USA. Will this tell her why? The diary sends Alice on a journey, a sad Nazi riddled journey of bravery and loss. This is a lovely historical fiction set in Paris giving us a glimpse into occupied France and the French Resistance during WWII. Narrated between the past and the present lots of suspense and a little romance. This story actually covers a period of four years 1940-1944 and how everyone’s lives are affected by the occupation. Soldiers are everywhere, rationing is in place and women are publicly castigated for having “friendships” with Germans. Adalyn and Chloes life is put on hold as they know it and they both struggle day to day with the challenges. Chloe joins the Zazou movement whilst Adalyn meets boys her age who are connected to the resistance and she eventually is sent to spy on Germans pretending to socialize with them in exchange for information that will be useful. I became invested in the characters and found it hard to put down. I was literally transported to Occupied France and the bravery of the many resistance members. Well done Jordan Taylor on your debut novel. I will be watching out for your future publications. Thanks in advance Edelweiss books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mel (Daily Prophecy)

    This was a really good book that features two different main characters in two different time lines. We have Alice, who is searching for answers about her mysterious grand-aunt Adalyn. Her grandmother Chloe left her an apartment in Paris and when she finds Adalyn’s diary she needs to find out what happened. Then there is Adalyn, the close sister of Chloe, who lives a double life in World War 2 that tears the bond between the two girls. There is always something heartbreaking about stories with ch This was a really good book that features two different main characters in two different time lines. We have Alice, who is searching for answers about her mysterious grand-aunt Adalyn. Her grandmother Chloe left her an apartment in Paris and when she finds Adalyn’s diary she needs to find out what happened. Then there is Adalyn, the close sister of Chloe, who lives a double life in World War 2 that tears the bond between the two girls. There is always something heartbreaking about stories with characters that are misunderstood. It was sad to read about the destruction of Chloe’s and Adalyn’s bond (view spoiler)[ because Chloe doesn’t know Adalyn is acting as a spy for the good side (hide spoiler)] I liked Alice and Paul was cute too, although their romance felt a bit too forced and fast for my taste. It would have been good if the two of them were just friends, because I was so wrapped up in Adalyn’s story of bravery and her blossoming romance, that I sometimes wanted to skip forward. I can’t say too much about the portrayal of mental health, because I am not familiar with it, but this aspect felt a little iffy at times. It didn’t feel right all the time, but like I said, I don’t think I am the right person to judge about it. Overall, a story filled with emotions.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Before I picked up this book, I had no idea it was historical fiction, and based off of Paris being invaded by Germany during World War II. The cover of the book is what initially grabbed my attention. The Paper Girl of Paris was beautifully done for a YA book and kept me reading to find out what happened when Alice’s grandmother leaves her an apartment in Paris in her will that none of her family was ever aware of. This book had the perfect mixture of mystery, a love story, and a bit of histor Before I picked up this book, I had no idea it was historical fiction, and based off of Paris being invaded by Germany during World War II. The cover of the book is what initially grabbed my attention. The Paper Girl of Paris was beautifully done for a YA book and kept me reading to find out what happened when Alice’s grandmother leaves her an apartment in Paris in her will that none of her family was ever aware of. This book had the perfect mixture of mystery, a love story, and a bit of history that you could want.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McCrina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have a few minor plot quibbles (in Alice's timeline, I was frustrated by how long it took her and Paul to realize why Adalyn might have been fraternizing with Nazis; in Adalyn's timeline, surely she could have been the one to plant the bomb in the restaurant?) but this is a well researched, fast-paced, poignant look at civilian resistance in occupied Paris. The mental health subplot was handled well too.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Historical Fiction is my favorite genre, so I knew I had to read this one, and it did NOT disappoint! What an amazing book! I laughed, I cried (quite a lot actually), and I just loved reading every minute of it. The characters are so strong, real, and inspirational. What a talented author. I highly recommend!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    The perfect blend of historical fiction and modern realistic fiction with a little romance thrown in. Highly recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Real rating: 3.5 stars but rounding up!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lizz Schumer

    This book was such a beautiful journey into Paris during the resistance. The characters and setting were both so vivid, I felt like I was leaving friends behind when the book ended. I could taste the coffee and the pastries, and audibly gasped each time something exciting happened – just ask my partner! Even though I'm not usually a big historical fiction fan, this one drew me in with rich detail and relationships that felt real. Now I'm inspired to learn more about the time period. And even tho This book was such a beautiful journey into Paris during the resistance. The characters and setting were both so vivid, I felt like I was leaving friends behind when the book ended. I could taste the coffee and the pastries, and audibly gasped each time something exciting happened – just ask my partner! Even though I'm not usually a big historical fiction fan, this one drew me in with rich detail and relationships that felt real. Now I'm inspired to learn more about the time period. And even though this book is YA, I'm sharing it with my mom and grandma, who I'm sure will love it just as much as I did.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Kent

    Thank you, Edelweiss, for the ARC.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Rate: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Author: Jordyn Taylor Publish Date: May 26, 2020 Series: N/A Full review in: Blog Thank you so much to Harperteen for giving me a copy of Jordyn Taylor’s The Paper Girl of Paris in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss. Alice’s grandmother has recently died. Her French grandmother, who immigrated to America during WWII, made Alice the sole heir to her inheritance, including a luxurious apartment in the heart of Paris that seemed to have frozen in time. Left with mysterious cl Rate: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Author: Jordyn Taylor Publish Date: May 26, 2020 Series: N/A Full review in: Blog Thank you so much to Harperteen for giving me a copy of Jordyn Taylor’s The Paper Girl of Paris in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss. Alice’s grandmother has recently died. Her French grandmother, who immigrated to America during WWII, made Alice the sole heir to her inheritance, including a luxurious apartment in the heart of Paris that seemed to have frozen in time. Left with mysterious clues to the past of her grandmother, Alice is determined to know her grandmother and her great aunt’s story during WWII. The Paper Girl of Paris is a good mix of summer-y, YA Parisian love, and WWII historical romance. It does a great job of comparing two different lives, in two different settings, and weaves it perfectly at the end. The underlying themes of the novel are something we all can understand, no matter our experiences and age. The WWII aspect of this novel is light and can be enjoyed by YA readers. I would recommend this novel to everyone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Thank you, Edelweiss, for providing this galley from HarperTeen for review! A lovely historical/contemporary parallel narrative about a teen who discovers her grandmother’s abandoned Paris apartment, and the secret sister she never knew Gram had. I enjoyed this for what it was: a sweet Anna and the French Kiss narrative in modern day (with a dash of seriousness with mental health that I wish was developed further to give the weight it deserved) and a French Resistance historical to excite any hist Thank you, Edelweiss, for providing this galley from HarperTeen for review! A lovely historical/contemporary parallel narrative about a teen who discovers her grandmother’s abandoned Paris apartment, and the secret sister she never knew Gram had. I enjoyed this for what it was: a sweet Anna and the French Kiss narrative in modern day (with a dash of seriousness with mental health that I wish was developed further to give the weight it deserved) and a French Resistance historical to excite any histfic reader. It had a blend of younger YA meeting older YA. The historical narrative felt almost adult to me—which seems fair, WWII generation had to grow up fast. I enjoyed the sense of adventure and research Alice (modern) put into discovering Adalyn’s (hist) past. What was meant to be a summer of cleaning out Gram’s secret Paris apartment turned into all sorts of deeper surprises into Gram’s past and ties with her family. What appears like sympathizing with the enemy is really spy work. If there are more hist/contemp parallel narratives in YA, I’m not familiar with them—this was my first experience within YA. I love parallel narratives in adult and seeing how it all ties together. Either because I’ve read so many, or maybe it was the new experience in YA itself, I’d guessed everything about halfway through. I would’ve appreciated a bit more secrecy and a more satisfying conclusion. However, this is meant for teens. I think a teen reader would appreciate the twists and turns, the parallels, the setting, the dip into historical fiction, the balance of upper and lower YA. (Plus, I was totally that teen who loved books about diaries and abandoned homes full of secrets!) I’d definitely recommend this.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gilson

    I absolutely loved reading this book! Just a couple chapters in, I could feel my mood shift as the plot developed, and characters, who I came to love, were impacted. In particular, I loved the author's in-depth look at family--the importance of communication as well as the difficulty of trying to communicate and trust. Would absolutely recommend to anyone interested in historical fiction, World War II, coming of age tales, and novels with strong female leads!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

    Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Harper Collins International in exchange for an honest review. Since, I have been on an audiobook kick, I listened to the Audiobook via Storytel App.The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. Okay, I have been on a WWII fiction kick – but The Paper Girl of Paris is unique in its execution – oscillating between the Present and the Past – and is gripping in the narrative; even if I still had a few issues with the mental Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Harper Collins International in exchange for an honest review. Since, I have been on an audiobook kick, I listened to the Audiobook via Storytel App.The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. Okay, I have been on a WWII fiction kick – but The Paper Girl of Paris is unique in its execution – oscillating between the Present and the Past – and is gripping in the narrative; even if I still had a few issues with the mental health representation in the book. Alice has just lost her grandmother and at the same time found out that she has been left an apartment – her grandmother’s family home in Paris. This creates ripples within her family; with her mother falling into shock; of understanding that her own mother kept secrets from her – this pretty much makes sure that Alice and her father tiptoe around her mother; just to keep peace during one of her “episodes”. What Alice and her parents find in Paris is a perfectly preserved apartment – as if the family living there has just stepped out and would be right back. But while her mother doesn’t seem to be interested or even curious in finding out the history behind the apartment; Alice finds herself looking to understand more about her own grandmother. And what she finds out is that her grandmother had a whole life before she moved to America with her grandfather; specifically a sister (& Alice’s great aunt) named Adalyn. Her curiosity even more aroused when she finds a journal in Adalyn’s room and she starts translating her entries; and she is even more alarmed when she finds a photo of her great aunt with Nazi soldiers – was this the reason why her grandmother never talked about her life before America? But the entries she has translated did not point to Adalyn being a Nazi sympathizer; so it was a mystery she needed to solve – not just for herself but for her grandmother and her mother who couldn’t handle knowing that she didn’t know her own mother. Told in both Alice and Adalyn’s PoV, The Paper Girl of Paris was an addictive read (& listen on audiobook) – as a reader, you get sucked in the mystery of finding out EXACTLY how, where and what happened to bring Alice to where she is and what happened with her grandmother and her family; for her to never mention them ever again. There is of course romance within the pages; for the book is set in the romantic city of the world – and I loved the pacing of the story – in fact it took me less than a couple of days to get through the audiobook – because I just couldn’t stop listening to the book – I needed to know how and where the plot would take Adalyn (and in effect Alice to!). It was the representation of mental health that had me wary for most of the book – while I agree that everyone/every family deals with having mental health issues in their family differently, somehow the way Alice and her dad handled her mother didn’t resonate with me. I would however be amiss if I didn’t mention that the way the author actually closed off the mental health ARC was commendable – that and the way the whole contemporary twist to the WWII plotline has my definite recommendation especially if you are a reader who can’t read a purely historical fiction. For more reviews visit For The Love of Fictional Worlds :) Do come join us at For The Fictional Worlds Facebook Page | Twitter | Instagram  | Goodreads  | Amazon |

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    In this novel told in alternating voices, one in the present, one is the past, the lives of two teenage girls have interesting parallels. No one was more surprised than 16-year-old New Jersey native Alice Prewitt to discover she had inherited an apartment in Paris' 9th Arrondissement from her beloved Gram, Chloe. Surprised because it is an apartment that had oddly never ever been mentioned, not to Alice, nor to Gram's daughter, Alice's mother. And it's not just any apartment, as Alice, her mom a In this novel told in alternating voices, one in the present, one is the past, the lives of two teenage girls have interesting parallels. No one was more surprised than 16-year-old New Jersey native Alice Prewitt to discover she had inherited an apartment in Paris' 9th Arrondissement from her beloved Gram, Chloe. Surprised because it is an apartment that had oddly never ever been mentioned, not to Alice, nor to Gram's daughter, Alice's mother. And it's not just any apartment, as Alice, her mom and dad discover, but what turns out to be a virtual time capsule of her Gram's family from the 1930s and 1940s. And the surprises don't stop there. Going through some old photos in the apartment, Alice discovers that her Gram also had a sister named Adalyn Bonhomme that no one knew about. But why had Gram never mentioned a sister or the at-one-time-so-elegant apartment? Returning to the apartment a few days later to do more exploring, Alice is excited to find Adalyn's diary which she had begun on May 30, 1940. Writing about the Nazi occupation of France, Adalyn sounds ready to resist however she can. But when Alice finds some magazine clippings with happy pictures of Adalyn dressed in high fashion and partying and a newspaper photo to her sitting in an expensive restaurant with six men wearing Nazi armbands, she finds her discoveries hard to process. Could Adalyn have been a Nazi collaborator? Yet, the deeper Alice digs into the lives of the Bonhomme family during the war, the clearer a picture of a dysfunctional family emerges. Adalyn and Chloe's father is a WWI veteran who suffers from PTSD, has basically withdrawn from life, and everyone must tiptoe around him so as not to upset him. Their mother is the image of privilege, buying costly rationed items on the black market, and attending society parties. The two sisters are very close, but as Adalyn's wartime resistance activities increase, she worries that Chloe's outspokenness and her distain for the Nazis will jeopardize the family. Meanwhile, she finds herself very attracted to Luc who is the leader of her resistance group, and who doesn't seem to feel the same attraction for Adalyn. Alice's family is just as dysfunctional. The family tiptoes around Alice's mother's depression. It's understandable that she would be depressed after just losing her mother, and then discovering the Paris apartment was left to her daughter instead of her, but it's also clear she has been depressed off and on Alice's whole life. I thought her father was kind of passive, content to wait out his wife's depressions, not wanting to upset her and waiting for her to ask for help, which she never does. As Alice says her "family's first language is small talk" so important issues are never addressed. Sadly, he doesn't seem to see what this is doing to Alice. Alice retreats to a cafe to do her family research,where she meets her love interest Paul, a student and aspiring artist. I really wanted to like The Paper Girl of Paris more than I did. But I felt there was just too much going on and it began to feel chaotic. I would have loved a story about Adalyn, her family and her resistance work. I really liked all of the historical elements in Adalyn's part of the story and how the diary gives a nice picture of life, which is then expanded in Adalyn's own narration. I think that these two things easily could have been presented without Alice's intervention. So I'm sorry to say that I could have lived without Alice's story all together. She just wasn't as compelling a character as Adalyn. I thing Alice's story would make a nice novel about a contemporary girl dealing with a passive father and depressed mother. Her character turns the book into something of a mystery that needs solving, but it could have just as easily unfolded with that. I just felt that in The Paper Girl of Paris, she added nothing beyond being a plot device to get to Adalyn's more interesting story and her narration felt intrusive. Should you read The Paper Girl of Paris? Yes, if you like historical fiction wrapped in a mystery. This book is recommended for readers age 13+ This book was borrowed from the Queens Public Library

  30. 5 out of 5

    Srishti B.

    This was originally going to be 3 stars, but I loved the second half of the book so I averaged it out. I've always loved historical fiction novels with a past/present storyline such as Sarah's Key, and The Paris Seamstress, which were set in the same time period and location, but from very different perspectives than this one. While this isn't the best historical fiction novel I've ever read, There were some parts of it which I really enjoyed, and I've never really learned that much about the Fr This was originally going to be 3 stars, but I loved the second half of the book so I averaged it out. I've always loved historical fiction novels with a past/present storyline such as Sarah's Key, and The Paris Seamstress, which were set in the same time period and location, but from very different perspectives than this one. While this isn't the best historical fiction novel I've ever read, There were some parts of it which I really enjoyed, and I've never really learned that much about the French Resistance which seems less explored than other parts of WWII. Alice I generally enjoy dual perspectives, but I have to admit that I really cared much more about Adalyn's chapters than Alice's. One of the things that bothered me most about this book was that Alice's voice seemed much younger than sixteen, which is how old the description said she was. One particular line stood out more than the rest: "Now I feel guilty for all the times I complained to Gram about having too much homework-look what she was going through at my age!" I'm sixteen, and this just seems like something someone much younger would say. Even if someone did not know exactly what happened in their family's past, the fact that her grandmother never wanted to talk about should have told her something. That point aside, even if Alice was sixteen, that seems young to have her own say on what happens to an apartment her grandmother left to her. I don't know the laws in France, but I feel like Alice would have to be older to be able to decide that. The fact that Paul was in college already didn't feel right to me. On a completely different note however, I did like how her perspective showed the ways that history can become lost or muddled over time if there are not people around who can say what really happened. I also did love how everything was eventually connected in the end. Alice's fairy dynamics were also interesting to read, and I think that the mental health aspects were important and prevalent. Adalyn I loved Adalyn. She seemed so much more like a genuine character to me and so much more relatable (despite her living in the past). Her situation seemed like one that many people at the time would be in, wanting to help, but not wanting to hurt their families. As a result, she gets involved in dangerous resistance work to save the country from the Nazis, knowing that she is risking everything to do so, including her own life and her relationship with her family. While her parents believe that the Nazis are wrong, they do not really do anything to resist and her mother even openly fraternizes with them on several occasions because she is in denial about the war. However, her sister Chloe, who is Alice's grandmother, is a part of the zazous, a group which mocks the Nazis by how they dress and act as a form of resistance. It was so difficult to see the way that Adalyn's residence work affected the relationship between the sisters, because she was not allowed to tell them anything, they assumed she got along with the Germans and spent time with them because she wanted to, not because she was spying. I found her strength and determination incredible, and her resolve to do what was necessary even if it cost her so much showed how people at this time really did all they could, and without people like them, there may not have been as many survivors. However, the most impactful part of the book for me was the ending. Somehow I wasn't expecting it even though I knew it was a possibility. “Did you make it here okay? The trains ran smoothly, Luc. The trains ran smoothly.”

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