Maybe in Paris by Rebecca Christiansen
Sky Pony Press | June 20th, 2017
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.
Maybe in Paris by Rebecca Christiansen is about a girl, her autistic brother, and their trip to Paris. There are many different reviews for this book. Some say this book is horrible and that Keira is just a terrible person for feeling the way she does toward Levi. Others believe this is a wonderful story about a girl who learns to appreciate and love her brother. I am with the latter. Yes, throughout their trip Kera gets frustrated and angry with Levi but this helps her to better understand him and learn to accept and love him, quirks and all.
I really enjoyed the story being told here. A young girl’s plans get changed and while her trip to Paris is not exactly what she had planned, she gets something even greater out of it. This book is a quick read that anyone would enjoy. The author did a wonderful job of keeping the story at a steady pace while including imaginative details. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and easy read.