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The Paris Effect

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  905 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Friendship, loss and a tantalizing trip to Paris in this highly praised #1 Amazon Best Seller!

Amy and Kat had planned a secret trip to Paris. Even Amy's husband wouldn't know about it. But when Amy loses Kat to cancer, she knows the plan is gone forever. Or is it?

Guided by memories of her friend and dissatisfaction with her own calorie-counting life in Phoenix, Amy sneaks
Paperback, 274 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Velvet Morning Press (first published December 10th 2014)
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fascinating for a number of reasons, not the least of which the unique, unpredictable plot. The characters are original and sympathetic, the locations are spot-on, and the author's eye for description sucks you right into the story and makes you feel as though YOU are the one who's marauding around Paris.

I highly recommend this book. It's perfect for people who are looking for a complicated heroine who's trying to figure her life out in the most interesting way possible.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy is obsessed with dieting. I know people obsessed with dieting. (My elbows only touch the flesh of my waist if I tuck them in very tightly - does that count? What if it does count? Should I be working on that?) She’s obsessed with visiting Paris. I’ve visited Paris. And, she is heavy in grief at the death of her best friend, Kat. In real life, I work in a volunteer capacity with those clouded in grief. I know grief! The author, K.S. R. Burns, clearly knows Amy’s obsessions and represents them ...more
Tania Scutt
I have just devoured this very amusing, fast-paced, well-written tale over the holidays, punctuated by my large (in numbers, not physique) family decimating a great deal of festive food at long, regular sittings. Amy’s Rules were ringing in my ears, helping me to moderate consumption – even abstain once or twice! Some of the rules (as promised) are just weird – Amy might change her mind about Picky Eaters (#17) if she was a parent. Some are sound (#13. Never eat processed food). Some are impossi ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having gone through an eating disorder of my own as a teenager, I truly felt the pain and agony of what it's like to try every diet. Starving my poor stomach surely felt like starving my soul. And then to have my elbows still hit that middle section muffin top was only salt in the proverbial wound. The story reads so well that I felt like I knew each of these characters like friends, dysfunctional or not. The sights, sounds and smells of Paris only heightened my longing to go there some day. So ...more
Lesley Hayes
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw this book advertised I assumed it was yet one more ‘How to get thin and find eternal happiness’ self-help manual. If I hadn’t had assurances from the author that it was far from that, I don’t think I would have started reading it. The last thing this world needs is another book glorifying the rewards of self-starvation. In spite of the reassurances, I entered the book warily, but within a very short time was completely absorbed in Amy’s adventures in the Wonderland that is her o ...more
Danielle Urban
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Paris Effect by K.S.R. Burns is indeed a perfect women's fiction novel. Readers will see that there is a lot that happens inside, this brilliant well-written story. The main character has issues like the rest of us. She even has a list of rules some that sound great, others creepy, and the rest crazy. This is the first novel I have read by this talented writer. The characters will keep readers constantly one their toes especially, Amy. Amy is a character that readers can't put one label on.. ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
this book is entertaining and definitely leaves you wanting more. which, according to the author, is in the works. now we wait.

my review- if only. I have been in a love affair with Paris since a school trip almost seventeen years ago. if you could leave your life behind and run away to Paris- would you?
Melissa Wadsworth
I'm halfway through this new novel by K.S.R Burns. This is the perfect book to read on your next trip! Like a well-planned adventure, this story engages you, moves along at a nice pace, and leaves you curious about what will happens next!
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
William and Amy are made for each other. William is ruled by numbers. Amy is ruled by her diet rules. When her best friend Kat dies, she decides to take the trip to Paris the two had been planning during Kat's illness. There she finally breaks some rules and realizes there is more to life than following rules.

I was going to throw the book at the wall if I had to hear more about Amy's diet rules. They were boring and messing up her life. I loved it when, in Paris, nothing went as she expected. S
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
'The Paris Effect' is a book that I have seen pop up on my Twitter feed more than once. At first I had no idea who wrote it (sorry) because I was memorised by the cover. I saw the colours, the word 'Paris' and it went straight on my TBR list. The more I saw it, the more intrigued I became. I did want to read it but every time I saw it, I was already 'booked'. Then one day, the lovely Karen Burns sent me a lovely e-mail asking me to review her book 'The Paris Effect'. It was one of the nicest req ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ts-book-club
This is one of those books that fall outside my normal realm of reading, but I’m so glad I dove in! This topic, while it may seem light is actually quite dark. Amy struggles with an eating disorder. As the story progressed, you became increasingly aware that her obsession with her size was very unhealthy and not in line with what others saw.

Many of the rules Amy has sound like the thinspo boards Tumblr and Pinterest banned a few years ago. I felt like Amy grows into some healthier ways of think
Vicki Lesage
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your average Paris story... and that's exactly what I loved about it. More than a journey to Paris, it's a journey through the scared, grieving, wandering, and lonely mind of Amy. This woman has lived life a certain way up until this point. Will she change? And will it be for the better? I loved following her on her meandering path and hung on every word, waiting to see what happened next.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! This author can tell a tale with a dry wit that will make you laugh. Good story, well told, thoughtful.
Laurette Long
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As you would expect from the title this is a book about Paris. But not just Paris, and not the Paris you usually read about in novels.
We first meet the heroine, Amy, in her spotless American kitchen playing the role of model (sort of) spouse, preparing meals for hubby William, a man who likes order in his life and things that are predictable, like numbers. Amy can do numbers too, especially when working out the nutritional value of, say, a big bowlful of cookie dough ice-cream with fudge chunks
Lizzie Harwood
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O, Amy Brodie is one messed-up narrator! (The best kind, in my opinion, because complex makes for interesting.)

This immediately engaging novel by K.S.R. Burns, author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, sees Amy Brodie, a 29-year-old childless wife in Phoenix, teetering on the edge. Amy’s in the grip of many issues at the beginning of this enthralling contemporary women’s fiction: grief, an eating disorder, self-denial… to name a few. Her husband is the epitome of the solid, don’t-change-
Bethany Clark
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting story from beginning to end. I will be honest I was not terribly enthralled by the first half of the story. I really found it hard to relate to and understand. Amy's food obsession was crazy and downright irritating at times. I was practically screaming at her to EAT SOMETHING!
Then there is Amy and Will's relationship, it is pretty evident that they met, slept together, got pregnant and had a shot gun wedding. And as you will learn through out the story they truly know nothi
Mar 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Although the story was unique and had an unpredictable plot I found it really hard to read. I put it down several times and had to force myself to pick it back up again.
I simply didn't care for Amy, who was an unlikable heroine. She cheated on her husband with her now-dead best friend. I found her marriage weird as I did so much of the story. I did not understand the point of Margaret or where that storyline was supposed to be going.
The whole book w
Ann Ewel
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully fun read. It moves along at a nice clip, but there are hidden depths and some twists and turns along the way.
Linda (My Reading Chronicles)
This book started out annoying me like hell. The main character in the book is so self absorbed in her own misery and obsessed with her weight. The main character, Amy, is mourning her best friend’s lost battle to cancer. Ok, I get that but man is she a jerk to her husband. Pretty much her whole marriage she had hidden things from her husband and she thinks that nothing else matters but the fact that her best friend is no longer alive. Which is normal, to a certain extent. She, however, takes it ...more
Grass monster
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have had this sitting on my Kindle for a while now and when I saw that the book was going on tour, I decided to join the tour and get reading. So my reaction to this book is.. Why the heck didnt I read it before?. I absolutely LOVED LOVED this. It is one of those books that you lose yourself into and before you know it the end is near. I can honestly say I was gutted when I got to the end but had a big smile on my face when the next page told us, it wasnt the end of Amy's adventures.
So meet Am
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not a diet plan per say and it has little to do with nonfiction but Rules for the Perpetual Diet is a novel covering ten days in the life of a diet-obsessed twenty-something woman who perpetually struggles with weight gain and loss. Sound familiar? Well, don't get too comfortable: the familiar is about to be turned upside down as Amy's opening line snags attention: "Kat is dead. I am not. What I am is hungry. And majorly pissed off…"

In a few lines Burns has captured what all too few novels
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Paris Effect" is a good book about Amy, a young woman trying to find herself after the loss of her best friend, Kat. Kat recently passed away from cancer, and was the pillar of Amy's existence. Friends since - well, forever - Kat and Amy have always had a plan to visit Paris together; a plan that no one knew about except the two of them. With Kat's passing, Amy takes off on an adventure of a lifetime to the other side of the world.

Once in Paris, nothing seems to go as Amy had planned. The
The Paris Effect is a cleverly written, humorous story about life, relationships, and the shocking realization that people aren't always who they say they are. This story hijacked my emotions and captured my attention from the very beginning. The characters in The Paris Effect are well developed, quirky and likable. I loved every page of this delightful, and engaging tale.

Amy is a twenty-nine-year-old married woman who obsesses about everything. She obsessed about food, rules, schedules and goin
Shanti Shanti
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although Amy is obsessed with her self imposed “Rules” the story is less about weight loss and more about life losses and how they shape us. In the confusion of grief after the death of her dear friend, Kat, Amy assesses her circumstances and sets about exploring her life’s what ifs?

Amy takes us with her as she impulsively flies off to Paris, leaving her husband William behind, and we take a decidedly un-touristy tour of the city noted for food and love. This is the perfect setting for Amy to co
I truly adored this book. But first of all, kudos to marketing! If the book still had its old title "Rules of the Perpetual Diet," I would not have added it to my to read list. Just the new title captured me!

Amy did what many women dream of (I certainly did): run away to some place as far from her current life as she could, to a place she and her recently deceased friend Kat always planned to go...... Paris. She didn't tell anyone she was going, not even her husband. She and Kat had packed for
Jennie Goutet
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure that's ever happened to me before - loved a book whose ending I hated. (I have a preference for how Part 2 goes). But I did stay up until the wee hours to finish it so that tells you something.

The author made me rediscover Paris. I delighted in the descriptions of some of the familiar (and some less familiar) places. Her observations and descriptions are stunning - her writing, magical.

And that's all I'm going to say because I don't want to give away any spoilers. I'm glad I read th
P.A. Rudders
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to pigeon-hole this book into a particular genre, certainly not the chic-lit one you might assume simply from a glance at the title and cover. It starts off with a familiar enough scenario, someone, Amy, coming to terms with the loss of a close friend and one-time lover, Kat, and the gaps and emptiness in their life when the person they knew and loved is prematurely no longer a part of it.

Written from the perspective of the central character, Amy, this is almost an adult coming of age
Andrea Ahn
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wheel-of-fortune
Loved this book! Not quite sure why I thought it was so great.... The spur of the moment, the mental health problems with food, the characters she met in Paris... It all came together so nicely, although the last like 5 chapters I was not a fan of. It went by too quick, going home, calling Will, finding Will, going back to the airport, calling Will and deciding to go back to Paris. Why wouldn't she have just stayed in Paris and got a phone to call him OR wait till the next day when Will was done ...more
Marina Schulz
Oct 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2star
Congratulations "Rules for the Perpetual Diet"; you are officially maybe the first book that not only did I did not finish, but I hated enough that I marked it as read on GD, just to review-vent.

"Rules for the Perpetual Diet" is about Amy, a girl with self-image issues, who used to be a fat child, and her relationships with both her husband, and her now deceased best-friend. The need to escape her life essencially takes her to Paris, where she presumably has a carthetic experience and learns va
saskia c vaughan
What started out a a fun read, took a weird twist with the promotion of the LBGQ agenda. Too bad.
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K. S. R. Burns is the author of THE PARIS EFFECT (Velvet Morning Press 2016), a novel about love, food, France, betrayal, adventure, and escape. (Hint: Nothing is what it seems.)

Writing as Karen Burns, she is also the author of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF WORKING GIRL: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use (Running Press 2009).

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“People would never say, “Wow, you’re so fat, how do even you fit into a chair!” But skinniness is okay to remark upon. Worse, they often add, “You’re so lucky to be thin,” as if thinness were an accident, as if thinness were a quality you either have or you don’t. But there’s nothing accidental about thinness. Nope. Not in twenty-first-century America.” 2 likes
“My mother used to say you should eat like a king in the morning, a queen at noon, and a pauper at night” 2 likes
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