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The French Impressionist

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  59 reviews
This is the Advance Reader Copy edition. The final published edition can be found here

Rosemary is fifteen and gloriously free, on her own for the very first time. Part of an exchange program for aspiring artists, she arrives in sunny southern France with a single goal: she doesn’t plan to leave, ever. She wants a new life, a new family, and a new identity. But her situatio
Paperback, ARC edition, 250 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Amberjack Publishing
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Lucy Banks
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exploring communication disorders, not to mention lies, deceit and desperate measures.

I really enjoyed this. Being set in Nice (France), I was expecting sunshine and happiness all around, but actually, the heart of this book is surprisingly dark, intricate and thought-provoking.

Rosemary is 15 and for the first time in her life, she's escaped her mother's control. She's fled to Nice, where she lives with Sylvie and Emile - a kindly couple who think she's there to do an art course. Why? Because Ro
Aug 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf

You know when you start disliking a book you just nitpick at every. Little. Thing. Well...

I just couldn't get into this book. The main character Rosemary is unnecessarily snarky at times and a little too immature for me. I get it. She is 15 years old but still. I like the idea of her having a communication disorder because it isn't something you come across that often. However, I just couldn't connect with her. Something about her just irritates me. Maybe I need to read a bit more to lear
Dilsh Wijesinghe
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
"An Advanced Review Copy is Provided by the Publisher Through NetGalley in Exchange for an Honest Review."

4 Star Rating
Mind-Blowing & Heartfelt novella filled with pack of lies.... And
If anyone asked from me " how you perceive the story?", I'll definitely utter above words. A remarkable battle of emotions!

["My phone is beeping and shaking again. It's like the ghost of my former life, still haunting me. Inside me, something dawns bright as a sunrise. Sin
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
*This review can also be found on YA Books Central! Thanks to the publisher for the courtesy copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

I rarely pick up books and start reading them immediately just because of a cover, but this happened with The French Impressionist. It was a "love at first sight" kind of thing that I knew I had to read and I'm glad I did since I ended up enjoying it.

What I Liked:

This is the first time I read a book where the main character has a communication disorder and it was i
Heidi Mastrogiovanni
I found this book to be deeply moving. The challenges the main character faced were heartbreaking. All the characters were very compelling, and I thought the setting of the story and the twists and turns were fascinating. I was very involved from beginning to end, and I found the writing to be quite lyrical and beautiful.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

I don't know why I expected this story to be better than what I found on the page. I thought that the premise sounded interesting. A teenage girl abroad that wants to stay there and not return to her home? That sounds familiar and at the very least relatable. However, the more I read about Rosemary, the less I liked about her and the more I hated about her situation, whether the events of it where of her own
January Gray
I enjoyed it although it wasn't my favorite. It was okay for one time read. ...more
Hannah Harvey
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
You know when you get those books, the ones that you're really excited about when you read the synopsis and then you start reading, all excited only to have your hopes quickly dashed. That was sort of this book for me. I thought the premise of this book was great, but unfortunately, that's where it stopped.
Rosemary, to begin with, was not a very likable character. I found it hard to root for her when I didn't particularly like her.
My main issue with this book, however, was that I just didn't bu
A. Musquiz
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved getting to learn more about Rosemary's character and the communication disorder that she struggles with throughout the book. It's the first time I've ever read a book with a main character dealing with a communication disorder so I loved getting to learn more about it as Rosemary's story unfolds. I thought the characters were fun, interesting, and great compliments to the story. I adored Sylvie and Emile and enjoyed seein
Niña Magsael
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THOUGHTS: The portrayal was told from Rosemary's perspective and was composed well, in that, I trusted it was a 15 year old recounting the story. Notwithstanding, I just couldn't associate with her. Something about her fair annoys and irritates me.Unfortunately, I started getting irritated with Rosemary's character since she continued complaining and pointing out her "communication disorder", through the book.

She's picked a couple to remain
Nov 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
* I received an arc in exchange for an honest review *

My first impression of this book was good! The story sounded original with a girl who has a communication problem. After reading a few pages ( and discovering about the problem)the cover also made more sense. Shoutout to the designer cause it really fits the book wel!

I thought I was in for an unique yet fun story, boy was I wrong. It's a story like I read a hundred before and probably will read a 100 more. The boy she meets is a typical sto
DNF - 50% (I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review)

I'm trying to give this book more time but I'm already halfway through and I finally decided to give up. The synopsis of the book is quite promising, I haven't read many books about people with deficiencies and I thought this would be a good book to start reading about that topic considering that it is quite short. I do not expect anything at all about this book BUT it is very disappointing still.

The narrator/main character is very ve
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The French Impressionist has protagonist Rosemary going on an exchange program for aspiring artists to Paris. What her friends and family don't know upon her leaving: She doesn't plan on going back ever. She wants a new life and an escape from her hovering mother who never leaves her alone. She struggles to hide her communication disorder and her lack of artistic talent. But then she gets wrapped up in a
Tanya Grech Welden
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
This failed to strike a chord and I read 1/4 of it before I just got bored with it. I think the author's withholding of information worked against her with the reader failing to connect with the reasons the main character in in France in the first place. I felt that character development was a little one dimensional. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters and so I didn't care. All of the above is a tremendous shame because I was honestly looking forward to reading this title and it jus ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-galley-read, france
I'm seeing a lot of low ratings for this book, but I absolutely loved it. I loved the mysteries - what is wrong with Rosie? What is going on with the secret apartment and the creepy neighbours next door? The setting was gorgeous, as were her host parents. Rosie was an intriguing character, and the story was so different to anything else I've ever come across. Loved it. ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got to be one of the lucky beta readers for this book, and I can't wait to see it in print! Rosemary is spunky and determined, in spite of her challenges. Rebecca Bischoff paints a vivid setting, and brings her characters to life. I can't wait for everyone else to get to read it! ...more
Breeana Wright
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story in a beautiful setting! How interesting to view life from the perspective of one who struggles with words and communication. I find it very symbolic of the fact that many people (who may utter words perfectly fine) struggle with opening up and being TRULY honest and vulnerable with themselves and other people.

Although the main character Rosemary was a bit negative and her lying a little tiresome at times, I find her very courageous and daring. I am inspired by her plight. She too
Elsie Park
THE FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST by Rebecca Bischoff is a book akin to WONDER by R.J. Palacio in the sense that it puts the reader in the shoes of another with social and/or physical challenges, or in this case, apraxia of speech. Notice on the cover that the girl has no mouth. That's significant. Being that the author works as a speech-language pathologist, she has a wonderful background for writing this story. The French Impressionist follows the adventure (for it certainly is an adventure) of a 15-ye ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shout-out to Netgalley for providing me with an electronic advanced copy of this book.

Let me start off by saying that I'm really into books where the main character travels to different countries, I just feel like it allows me as a reader to live vicariously through them. I picked this book cause it sounded like it would have so much mystery and it just reminded me of Anna and the French Kiss somehow. Sadly this book was a big let down.
Rosemary has got to be the most naïve girl I've ever come a
Ashley Soran
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this story very interesting and moving at it's conclusion. Rebecca Bischoff does a great job in her description of Nice, making it an interesting setting for the story to unfold. I loved the dynamic between Rosemary, Sylvie, and Emile and thought their characters were really well thought out and executed fantastically in this book. The story made me want to escape to Nice and learn how to paint and I think that says a lot to the excellence of the author. I felt real, genuine emotions for ...more
Teri Emory
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The narrator of THE FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST begins her story with a lie and continues to weave a tangled web around her. She presents a challenge to those who try to like and help her. But despite her weaknesses, Rosemary is so sympathetic that the reader can't help but cheer her on as she figures out what to make of her troubled childhood, learns how to trust adults and peers, and finally finds her voice. With lovely, evocative descriptions of day-to-day life in Southern France and a sharp eye for ...more
Anna Knutson
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Advanced copy from publisher and Net Galley for an honest review.

This story follows Rosemary, a teenage girl with speech problems, on her journey to find independence in Nice, France. She lies about being an artist so she can go live with Sylvie and learn to paint. I enjoyed this book, but somewhere in the middle there was so much going on that it felt like the author was trying too hard to keep my attention.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun story with a sweet message.
Rae Quigley
Review coming soon.

Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
A teen tries to initiate her plan for a new life and family only to find herself working hard to keep up with her lies. As she navigates challenges, the girl will have to decide whether freedom from an over-protective parent is worth all the new trouble. Debut author Rebecca Bischoff fortifies her first book with her professional background in the slightly clunky but mostly compelling novel The French Impressionist.

Rosemary arrives in Nice, France, with a single objective: to start over in a new
Jan 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: netgalley
DNF at 50%

I received the book from netgalley in exchange of honest feedback

I really wanted to like this book because the synopsis sounds really interesting (also Paris!) but I just can't. I'm gonna go ahead and be honest here : I hate Rosemary. She irritated me so much and I just couldn't understand her actions nor her thought process. She was lying and stealing and I just can't even with it. It was simply beyond me. I did however like the portrayal of disability, I think it was pretty great. Ho
"I'm here because I lied. A lot. I know it was wrong, but I don't care. I got away"

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And that my friends is how this book starts. Immediately you start questioning what did she lie about and what is so bad at home that she felt she had to lie to get away. We get to meet Rosemary's new parents for the summer and what she will or is supposed to be doing this summer as well. (Honestly I still can't believe she was able to fool so many people to get to this point.) Rosemar
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion


Honestly, I struggled with this book and almost gave up. Little things piqued my curiosity to pick it up again over the last day and I finished the second half, but it wasn't very enjoyable. Not every book is; so be it. This was a tough read for all the wrong reasons. The teenaged narrator is extraordinarily unlikeable, even taking into account her mysterious "communication disorder", teased out until we're three qu
“We must find different ways to tell the world who we are.” Rosemary has always had difficulty finding her true voice. When she speaks, her words get tangled. Due to her communication disorder, she wishes to find her voice in the art of painting. There is just one problem. In order to be good at art you must have some artistic talent, which Rosemary does not possess. Through an artist exchange program and many lies, Rosemary finds herself in Nice, France with a new family and a new life style. S ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fascinated by the premise of this story, and it didn't disappoint. This book is full of mystery and unexpected twists. The imagery is vivid and painted a clear picture of every scene in my head without taking from the story. Rosemary, though slightly over-the-top at times, is a fun and relatable main character with an interesting arc. I loved The French Impressionist! ...more
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Rebecca Bischoff is the author of three novels: a contemporary YA story titled The French Impressionist, The Grave Digger, a historical middle grade mystery, and Hole in the Rock, a humorous contemporary middle grade novel. Rebecca loves to read everything from mysteries to paranormal to historical novels. She has a tendency to research quirky and little-known facts from the past, and loves anythi ...more

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