Young Adult Fiction Fashion & Beauty
- Dundurn Press
- Initial publish date
- Nov 2019
- Fashion & Beauty, Bullying, Careers, Occupations, Internships
- Publish Date
- Nov 2019
- List Price
Paperback / softback
- Publish Date
- Nov 2019
- List Price
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 15 to 18
- Grade: 10 to 12
- Reading age: 15 to 18
Clementine Liu is back for more fashion, dating, and drama!
Clementine Liu, the super-stylish fashion student behind the Bonjour Girl blog, is about to finish her first eventful year in New York City. Ready to put all the drama behind her, she’s about to embark on a prestigious exchange program — in Shanghai!
Before Clementine actually sets foot in China, though, a whole bunch of problems put her impending departure in jeopardy. Despite it all, Clementine flies off to Shanghai, where she immerses herself in the new, exciting fashion world and cutthroat blogging scene. There’s also Henry, a charming classmate who’s on a mission to capture her heart, despite her New York boyfriend.
Even halfway across the world, Clementine can’t escape her problems. But can she find a way to survive and thrive while staying true to herself?
About the author
ISABELLE LAFLECHE worked as a corporate attorney and now writes on culture, books and fashion. J’adore Paris is the sequel to her bestselling debut novel, J’adore New York. She lives in Montreal.
FACEBOOK: ISABELLE LAFLÉCHE
Excerpt: Bonjour Shanghai: Bonjour Girl (by (author) Isabelle Laflèche)
I made it.
I ran down the airline ramp all sweaty and winded, my bags swinging from side to side, including the canvas bag Jake gave me as a goodbye present that reads Smart Women Don’t Kiss Ass, They Kick It in bold pink.
I almost missed my flight because deep down inside, I still wasn’t sure I should leave. It was no surprise that leaving Jonathan behind was heart-wrenching. We stood there holding each other in the middle of the busy JFK terminal for what felt like forever, with Jake looking on.
Even though I was trying to be fully present in Jonathan’s arms, I could see and feel Jake’s anxiety in the distance. He kept checking his phone. I wish I could have helped resolve all his problems before I left, but I just couldn’t.
We all came together for a group hug, and I promised to video-call them daily on WeChat, then I kissed them both and just ran and didn’t look back until I got to the security gate. That’s probably why I’d chosen to wear sneakers — so I could run. Maybe I’d known that if I slowed down, I might lose my resolve in an instant, change my plans, and never get on that plane. Love and friendship can open your heart wide and make you do foolish things.
But I just couldn’t do that to Maddie, to my parents, or, more importantly, to myself. I need to prove that I can kick ass on my own. That I really can make it.
I rushed through security and dashed off to the gate with my visa, passport, and boarding pass in hand, and now here I am at the plane. I don’t look anything like a Parsons or Condé Nast fashion student at the moment, with sweat dripping from my forehead and my hair in a messy bun, but who cares?
When I board, the flight attendants don’t look too thrilled about my tardiness. But their mood shifts when I compliment them on their uniforms: impeccable red dresses and delicate silk scarves tied around their necks. They look impossibly chic.
Some of the passengers shoot me evil stares, maybe because I’m late, but more likely because of the pink-sloganed bag I keep shoving in their faces as I awkwardly manoeuvre to my seat. Jake would be immensely proud.
I pull out my magazines, the two paperbacks Jonathan gave me to read, and my bottled water. I also have a box of cupcakes baked for me by Jake’s mom. I actually teared up when he handed them to me. The fact that Jake’s mom has no clue about her son’s predicament breaks my heart.
I look around. Thankfully, my seat neighbour is a mature-looking Chinese woman who’s already got her nose in a book. I like my travel companions to be quiet so I can read and write.
I’m hoping to finally write another blog post for Bonjour Girl, one that resonates with my values, now that I have the time, space, and energy to do it.
After the emergency protocols have been duly explained and we’ve taken off, I pull out my laptop. I open a bag of roasted almonds and think about what to write. This feels good. Taking refuge in my writing will help me to have a more positive outlook on my upcoming adventure. I’m going to Shanghai!
Someone taps me on the shoulder.
“Clementine? Clementine Liu?”
I look up to see a handsome young Asian man standing next to me in the aisle.
“I have a note for you from a close friend of mine,” he says, handing me a folded piece of paper. “Enjoy your flight, okay?”
I sit up straight, curious about this mysterious note.
I open it and my eyes nearly pop out of their sockets when I see who it’s from.
Welcome to Shanghai.
Clementine is a smart, strong female character who stands by her friends and has a strong moral compass.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials