It’s that time again everyone, book group discussion!!! This month we are going to discuss the book “Grace” which was for the Girl Of The Year for 2014. I will admit that Grace’s collection was probably one of my all time favorites, I have quite a few pieces from it. I wasn’t quite as excited for the story when I initially heard about it, but first impressions can be wrong!
The book starts out with summer vacation and Grace along with her friends Maddy and Ella making plans for what they are going to do for the summer. However, as that saying goes, “Life is what happens when you start making plans” and Grace suddenly finds out that she is going to be heading to Paris with her mother to help out her aunt who has been put on bed rest while pregnant. She’s not too happy about it, but makes the best of things regardless.
I really enjoyed this book, and thought it was very well written. We have no “nasty girl” situation, instead the issues between Grace and her cousin Sylvie contribute the conflict to the story. Sylvie speaks no English and Grace speaks next to no French, so it creates a bit of a problem! I saw some similarities to Kanani and her cousin in this part of the story, and I love how the girls eventually come to a resolution to their problems.
Other things I totally loved about Grace–lots of French words along with a very nice section at the end of the book explaining what they all mean. I also totally related to Grace’s reaction to being on a plane for the first time. I have a fascination with aviation, and there isn’t a plane trip that doesn’t go by that I don’t marvel at the technology involved as well as everything looking tiny as the plane climbs.
One thing that the book brought up that I thought was excellent was Grace’s difficulty in cooking while in France due to the fact that all of the measurements are in metric. I had an issue one time with a recipe I was giving to a friend who lived in the UK due to this, and I have a friend who has complained of the reverse! I also liked the fact that the difference between macaroons and macarons is explained. Just one of those things that drives me crazy!
I also learned what gargoyles on old buildings are for. I’ve seen my fair share of them on our trips to the UK and Ireland and never really gave it a thought, but they aren’t just there for decoration. They are for diverting rain on buildings built long before gutters and rainspouts were invented.
I don’t want to give too much away, but we also learn how Bonbon the dog comes into Grace’s life. I thought it was one of the cutest parts of the story.
Overall, I really liked this story, and since I bought the whole set, I’m looking forward to reading the other two. The book seems like it’s thicker than some of the American Girl books, but it is kind of deceiving. The pages are laid out a little bit different, but I don’t think the word count is all that much longer. I found it a very easy read too, so it took no time at all to finish it.
Did you enjoy Grace? What were some of your favorite parts of the book?
The book for March will be “Meet Felicity”. April will be “Saige”. There will be no book group for May due to prior commitments. I am thinking I may do one over the summer, I will keep everyone posted. Otherwise, we will pick it up again in the fall.