Paris on Repeat

Jolly Fish. Jul. 2020. 224p. pap. $11.99. ISBN 9781631634376.
Gr 5 Up–A humorous and heartwarming story of a teen navigating the challenges of her parents’ divorce and being part of a military family. Eve is on the final day of a school trip to Europe with fellow students from her mother’s military base in Germany. Her plan? To profess her love to her crush on the top of the Eiffel Tower. When things don’t go according to plan, Eve’s big day becomes more awkward than she could ever imagine. However, after a strange encounter with a fortune teller, Eve embarks on a Groundhog Day–style journey towards building her confidence and discovering the power of friendship in times of struggle. Overall, this story encourages young readers to put friendship first, find support when things get tough, and embrace new experiences. The book is well organized, with each chapter featuring a repeat of the same catastrophic day through Eve’s eyes. Building a support system is gently emphasized over pursuing a one-sided romantic relationship, as is the notion that trying new experiences can lead to deeper friendships and discovering new passions.
VERDICT A great read for military children, kids of divorce, or any middle grade reader who needs encouragement and a reminder that they are capable of more than they realize.

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