This was the 12th book I finished this year. In addition, its genre was historical fiction.
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.
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
Set during two time periods, “Paper Girl of Paris” focuses on the Germans invasion of France. So, my 2nd book set during The Holocaust that I read this year. But once again, I could handle it. I actually feel like this book is part mystery and part historical fiction. I feel like it is part mystery during Alice’s time period——-the one set in the 21st Century, as she tries to figure out the mystery of her grandmother’s past (but has to examine her great-aunt’s past to know that)
I loved Adalyn, who is Alice’s great-aunt. She becomes a resistance fighter- whether that means spying on The Germans, sending coded messages, etc………..Yes, it is a risky thing to do, but the right thing to do. Adalyn makes some incredible friends because of it though- of all of them, it is Luc I love the most.
The book does show the importance of knowing your family history, as shown by Alice’s POV. She wants to remember both Chloe and Adalyn’s past.