Hapka, Cathy. Pardon My French.

Author:Squicciarini, Stephanie
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

HAPKA, Cathy. Pardon my French. (Students Across the Seven Seas.) Penguin, Speak. 224p. c2005.0-14-240459-4. $6.99. JS

Nicole is positive she is going to hate Paris. She is only taking part in the study abroad program because her parents "have an obsessive need" for her to broaden her horizons and experience life outside the safety of her friends and boyfriend Nate. But she is sure she cannot live without Nate and that everything her friends have said about France is true--and none of it is good. She will not enjoy herself, she will never make friends, she will not learn anything new, and she is counting down the days until she is home. This pessimistic view of what her semester in Paris is going to be like is buoyed when she vomits at the feet of Luc, her host family's nanny, upon arrival at their home and then proceeds to get...

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