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Publisher's Summary

The unexpected responsibility of caring for her autistic brother during her summer in Paris turns out to be just the adventure that Clara needed.

Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at 16, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad and her six-year-old brother, Alastair, who is on the autism spectrum. Charged with his care, Clara and Alastair set out to explore the city. Paris, and a handsome young French baker, teaches Clara about first love, and a new love of food. And Alastair teachers Clara about patience, trust, and the beauty of loving without judgment.

©2017 Jennifer Gold (P)2021 Second Story Press

Critic Reviews

“A light examination of the intersection of two disabilities with family dynamics, with a sweet splash of page-turning melodrama.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A brisk pace and pervasive sense of hope and optimism propel Gold’s dreamy novel. The contrast between Clara’s sharp wit and Alastair’s matter-of-factness adds levity to a well-told and timely tale about love, patience, and acceptance.” (Publishers Weekly

“A light but poignant read.... Gold handles the topics of being on the autism spectrum and orthorexia nervosa competently and sensitively.” (School Library Journal

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