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'There’s an elegance to Drake’s writing that marks her out as a writer to be reckoned with and she shows fearlessness as she explores the mind of that most troublesome of creatures, the teenage boy . . . I Love You Too Much is a considerable achievement.' John Boyne
In the sixth arrondissement, thirteen-year-old Paul is adrift in a sea of wealth, pretence and an obsession with status. Struggling with a self-absorbed mother who doesn’t pay him any attention and her new boyfriend Gabriel who is chasing his dream of becoming a rockstar, all while trying to form a connection with his own narcissistic father, Paul is desperate to be loved. Always overlooked, it is only a matter of time before he sees something he isn’t supposed to see . . .
Longing for connection, Paul comforts himself with the beauty of Paris – gorging on its sweet confections and elegant patisseries – and in an unlikely friendship with his rebellious classmate, Scarlett.
A moving story set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, I Love You Too Much by Alicia Drake is told with humour, grace and unflinching honesty.
Drake's memorable, heartfelt debut captures the intensity and angst of a teenaged boy's coming of age in Paris, where the fa ade of perfection and beauty often hides decay and degradation. Paul divides his time between two narcissistic parents who split when he was 11. His mother, obsessed with keeping her good looks, has just given birth to a baby girl whose father, the freeloading Gabriel, is a guitar player in some nominal band. Paul's workaholic father, an exercise devotee, is busy training for a triathlon. No one except Cindy, his mother's maid, has time for Paul. During one of his mother's countless spa visits, Paul chances upon a girl from his high school whose parents are also at the spa, and a tentative relationship begins. Scarlett, a feisty "bad girl" who lives for adventure, flaunts her budding sexuality and brings Paul out of his shell. Their liaison grows into something more meaningful. But then Paul witnesses two disturbing scenes one at his father's, another at his mother's that upend his life. How he survives his loss of innocence is both poignant and uplifting.