Author: Hilary Freeman
Published by: Piccadilly Press
Publication date: 19th December 2012
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
I love Hilary Freeman's books so I was really happy when I was offered this for review from Piccadilly Press. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but I did - the cover is gorgeous, and somehow I knew the story would be right up my street!
I haven't read any of the other books in the Camden Town Tales series, but I will be now! Luckily 'The Boy From France' can be read on its own which is great.
The characters are believable and I can relate to them all in one way or another. Vix, the main female character, was the same age as me so that made it more interesting. I really liked Xavier! It was lovely how he cooked dinner for Vix and didn't judge her, which is definitely a lot different from English boys. Vix's mum had a serious illness called MS which was quite prominent throughout the book. Having that in the story was good as it raises awareness.
Being set in Camden made it even more fun to read. This book was so interesting, fun and colourful! I loved reading about Camden and the things Vix and her friends got up to. 'The Boy From France' reminded me a lot of 'Tapas and Tears' by Chris Higgins which is a book where students go on a Spanish exchange trip. That's a good thing for me though, because I enjoyed that book too!
I definitely recommend this to my readers. I think it's suitable for girls aged 13+. Funny, realistic and full of adventure - 5/5!