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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Paris Escapade by Ted Myers is an engrossing young adult novel that follows a teenager’s adventures in Paris and other parts of Europe. Eddie Strull, a Jewish teenager, is given a six-week camping trip in Europe by his parents for graduating high school. Eddie, who had always longed to free himself from the clutches of his parents’ authority, escapes from the group he is touring with and decides to build a life of his own in Paris. He falls in love with Martisse, a prostitute based in the French capital, who leads him into a deadly drug-related scheme and other dangerous events. Eddie spends time trying to evade the authorities across Europe until he decides to face his fate. As each adventure unfolds, Eddie begins to discover that maybe adulthood is not what he assumed it to be.
Unable to sit still and wait for things to happen, Eddie impatiently moves fast from one adventure to the next. His restlessness makes his story even more captivating. Told from Eddie’s perspective, Paris Escapade by Ted Myers offers extensive details of its main character. I also loved that other characters were compelling and had fascinating backgrounds. Their portrayal in the story is also realistic and the events that happen, though surprising and sometimes shocking, still feel believable. Set in 1960s Europe and the U. S., the novel also incorporates interesting details and events associated with the era. Many scenes are hilarious and they enliven the story. Paris Escapade by Ted Myers is a fast-paced novel that features exciting events and interesting characters.