Keira Braidwood lands in Paris with her autistic brother, Levi, and high hopes. Levi has just survived a suicide attempt and months in the psych ward?he’s ready for a dose of the wider world. Unlike their helicopter mom and the doctors who hover over Levi, Keira doesn’t think Levi’s certifiable. He’s just . . . quirky. Always has been.
Those quirks quickly begin to spoil the trip. Keira wants to traipse all over Europe; Levi barely wants to leave their grubby hotel room. She wants to dine on the world’s cuisine; he only wants fast food. Levi is one giant temper tantrum, and Keira’s ready to pull out her own hair.
She finally finds the adventure she craves in Gable, a hot Scottish bass player, but while Keira flirts in the Paris Catacombs, Levi’s mental health breaks. He disappears from their hotel room and Keira realizes, too late, that her brother is sicker than she was willing to believe. To bring him home safe, Keira must tear down the wall that Levi’s sickness and her own guilt have built between them.
“Set against the magic and possibility of Paris, Christiansen’s emotional debut not only reminds us of the challenges that come with loving someone as they are, but also, the incomparable beauty." —Ashley Herring Blake, author of How to Make a Wish
"A touching, relevant story about siblings, autism, and unconditional love. Beautifully written, compelling, and honest." —Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing
"Readers will swoon over the delicious descriptions of Paris . . . but will ultimately find that Keira’s emotional journey covers even more ground than her physical one, in a story that focuses on a complex, yet tender, sibling relationship.” —Jen Malone, author of Wanderlost
"Maybe in Paris captures all the excitement of youthful obsession—with a city or a boy—while offering a touching depiction of the bonds we too often take for granted. Few books about teen sibling relationships capture their ups and painful downs so frankly." —Margot Harrison, author of The Killer in Me
"Heartbreaking but hopeful, Maybe in Paris is a wonderful debut with a beautiful setting, complicated, yet realistic sibling relationship, and a dash of romance." —Chantele Sedgwick, author of Love, Lucas and Switching Gears
"Good YA depends on great voice, and Rebecca Christiansen brings it to bear. She announces herself as a voice to be reckoned with in the very first pages of Maybe in Paris and doesn't relent. A welcome debut sure to launch a million fans." —Tom Leveen, author of Shackled and Random