For fans of Eleanor & Park and Emergency Contact, Clementine Beauvais' In Paris with You is a sweeping romance about the love that got away that #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicola Yoon calls "pure delight."
Eugene and Tatiana could have fallen in love, if things had gone differently. If they had tried to really know each other, if it had just been them, and not the others. But that was years ago and time has found them far apart, leading separate lives.
Until they meet again in Paris.
What really happened back then? And now? Could they ever be together again after everything?
Originally written in French, this novel in verse inspired by Pushkin's serialized verse novel and Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin explores first love's ability to linger. A chance meeting on the Paris Metro brings Tatiana and Eugene back together 10 years after the two spent time together one summer, when they were 14 and 17, respectively. Tatiana is now getting her PhD in art history, and Eugene is a business consultant. Neither is prepared for the feelings this encounter dredges up. For Eugene, it's an opportunity to right a wrong; he rebuffed her years ago, and now he's ready for a chance to love. For Tatiana, it's a chance to find out what really happened to a mutual acquaintance, Lensky, who died tragically. Texts, emails, and even Skype messages appear throughout, but the meter and tempo of the words and the placement of those words on the page pack the most punch ("This friendship laid out, guts exposed,/ pinned down like a dying butterfly:/ either it will be a museum piece one day/ or it will survive, miraculously"). Anyone who has pined over a relationship will recognize Beauvais's heartbreaking story. Ages 14 up.