Bonjour Girl

288p. Dundurn. Sept. 2018. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781459742000.
Gr 9 Up—Clementine stands in the middle of the Manhattan sidewalk with stars in her eyes, about to begin her first day at Parsons School of Design. Fashion is her life, and quirky is her look: vintage, retro, and always well put together. Clem has worked hard to convince her parents to let her leave France and attend the internationally prestigious school in New York City. Readers will stroll through yards of fabrics as Clementine struggles with a vicious Twitter user, gasp as she meets a handsome photographer, and simply giggle as her new bestie, Jake, keeps everything on keel with his wit and fashion sense. No knowledge of high-end fashion or its internationally cut-throat business is needed. LaFlèche makes Clem's world of family, friends, fashion, and fond memories accessible to teens. Fans of Melissa Kantor's If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?? will appreciate the sassy voice and go-getter attitude of the main character.
VERDICT This irresistibly funny and at times heartrending story is a must-have for teen patrons who crave novels about strong heroines reaching for their dreams.

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