Monday, 18 March 2013

The Boy From France by Hilary Freeman

Title: The Boy From France
Author: Hilary Freeman
Published by: Piccadilly Press
Publication date: 19th December 2012
Pages: 192
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

When Vix's classmates find out that their visiting French exchange students will include boys, everyone is very excited.
Everyone, that is, except Vix, who has a sick mother to cope with, and no time for boys.

But her student does turn out to be a boy, and, what's more, he's both gorgeous and charming.

All her friends and schoolmates are jealous, especially when he appears to have eyes for no-one but Vix.

But is he for real? How long can it last?

And will Vix's secrets and lies destroy the relationship?

I love Hilary Freeman's books so I was really happy when I was offered this for review from Piccadilly Press. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but I did - the cover is gorgeous, and somehow I knew the story would be right up my street!

I haven't read any of the other books in the Camden Town Tales series, but I will be now! Luckily 'The Boy From France' can be read on its own which is great.

The characters are believable and I can relate to them all in one way or another. Vix, the main female character, was the same age as me so that made it more interesting. I really liked Xavier! It was lovely how he cooked dinner for Vix and didn't judge her, which is definitely a lot different from English boys. Vix's mum had a serious illness called MS which was quite prominent throughout the book. Having that in the story was good as it raises awareness.

Being set in Camden made it even more fun to read. This book was so interesting, fun and colourful! I loved reading about Camden and the things Vix and her friends got up to. 'The Boy From France' reminded me a lot of 'Tapas and Tears' by Chris Higgins which is a book where students go on a Spanish exchange trip. That's a good thing for me though, because I enjoyed that book too!

I definitely recommend this to my readers. I think it's suitable for girls aged 13+. Funny, realistic and full of adventure - 5/5!
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  1. Great review!

    I haven't heard of this, it looks so good! Definitely adding it to my TBR pile! :) xx

    1. Thanks! It's a great book, hope you enjoy it. :) xx