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Une Française à New York

(The French Girl #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  5,470 ratings  ·  346 reviews
Après plus de 40 000 livres vendus en anglais, la série phénomène débarque enfin en France ! Rejoignez des milliers de lecteurs qui ont aimé suivre les aventures de l’intrépide Française à New York!

Maude Laurent, une orpheline pleine d’esprit âgée de seize ans, grandit dans une petite commune des Hauts-de-France. Passionnée de piano et d’airs d’opéra, Maude utilise la mu
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published February 20th 2018 (first published December 21st 2012)
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Athira K I found all the books as good as the first one..The third was beating around the bush but the rest were good..
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Zara Shariff
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I really liked this book. It was wonderful. A French Girl in New York had everything from music to love to paparazzi, and to success. I believe that this book had a lot to do with George Benard Shaws popular quote, "Life isn't about finding yourself, its about creating yourself." And the main character (Who, most of you can tell, is the "French Girl" as stated in the title) does what the quote says. She creates herself. This book is also very informative. It tells you about many of the classical ...more
Muse-ic ♬

This wasn't a terrible read per se. It's an interesting story line and the characters were pretty good, but it didn't completely succeed in engaging me.
I will continue because I'm a sucker for these kinds of stories, but I do hope they improve.

One of my main criticisms with this book was the romance between Matt and Maude.
I didn't feel it. The chemistry isn't really there and Matt just magically starts to fall in love with Maude.
Little explanation is
This book is so freaking cute! I couldn't get enough of it honestly. While I will be the first to admit that it's not heavy reading, there is something about it that takes it out of the fluff category. The author's knowledge and research about the different instruments in the book really impressed me. I also enjoyed the fact that Maude was Black. I'm sorry, but reading about a young girl with brown skin who was intelligent, classically trained, hard working, and witty is a refreshing thing. I ad ...more
Marie Liese
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book on Wattpad about a year ago. I found it quite amazing back then, but didn't know of the existence of Goodreads, so yeah.
I was rather bored yesterday and could not find any good new books, so I decided to reread this one.
I think I liked it even better this time.
"A french Girl in New York" is, no doubt, a wonderful story, and Anna is, no doubt, a wonderful writer.
I loved Matt's tour of NYC and Mrs. Bonnin's gossiping. I loved the french influences an
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!

Read this book on Wattpad. Yeah,that site is quickly becoming my new addiction. Its making me forget how important my text books are at this moment(AKA that awful time of the year AKA tests).

Maude was quite a feisty girl and it won't be wrong to say I quite liked her. She kept her head held high even when life was treating her with exceptional cruelty. How she managed to live with those Rutchets is beyond me. I absolutely despise those people. (view spoiler) ...more
Laura Martinelli
Let’s get the first thing out of the way: this book is basically pure and utter fluff, with as much as nutritional value as cotton candy. And I’m not faulting this for being fluff; I do like brain candy novels. And I see why this book is really popular (aside from being a free Amazon bestseller, although that may have something to do with it)—it’s a simple story with a generally relatable character, and as I said, the literary equivalent of cotton candy.

So. Why the two stars? Because
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable story. This is a great YA modern day Cinderella story. Maude is living with her foster family where she was raised since she was a baby. She goes to Paris for a day with school and a music producer from New York hears her sing. She is soon signed on a record label and heads to New York for six months. She immediately fits in with the producer's family and immediately makes friends. I really enjoyed the characters, and how they interacted. I recommend this series and I can't wait t ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish.

I was born and raised in the north of France and moved to the US after graduating high school so, in a way I could relate to Maude's experience (I wish my English was as good as hers when I first got here).

I loved how the relationships between the characters evolved and how Maude's passion for music is presented throughout the book.

I would recommend this book and I will try to get the second volume. See, what Maude is up to this time.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Loved the book.... It was very interesting an had me hooked from the beginning! Seriously I was up till gone 12 am reading the book.... I would have been up later if my mum hadnt told me to get some sleep ;)!

My fav bit was where Matt first meets Maude! I loved the way that maude started to shout at him in french! That was hilarious!

Mr and Ms Rutchell were well.....very awful, and I found myself hating them more as I continued to read. How could they hide so much from Maude? But sadl
A French girl in New York is an adorable story of a small town French girl who is spotted in a moment of luck on the day trip of a life time to Paris. Maude is a musician who thought her life was destined to be almost a slave to her foster family but has big dreams. Her lucky break comes in the form of James a producer from New York and he whisks her away to New York were she can work hard to become the musician she dreams. I thought the plot was really sweet, it was an easy read which often mad ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A French Girl in New York" is a wonderful story of a girl who succeeds in spite of hardship and a series of obstacles.
It is a fascinating adventure that made me want to travel.
Matt and Maude's relationship is funny and romantic, because Matt is disoncerted by Maude's behavior towards him.I love the Baldwin family especially Ben. It's too bad we don't get to see him too often.
I also think Lindsey's personality should be more developed.
But I'll be waiting impatiently for the n
A French Girl in New York is a pretty good YA-celebrity story... if you like that sort of thing. However, the author needs a good editor. The writing reads like it was translated by someone who was relatively fluent in English, but didn't quite grasp the nuances of the language. The punctuation could use a bit of help.

The chain of unusually good luck after a lifetime of bad isn't uncommon to the genre, so it didn't stand out for me.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, e-book, indie
(Actual Rating 4.5/5)

I don't know why I'm writing so many reviews lately. I just get so excited after reading all these books and I want to share ALL THE THOUGHTS.

As I mentioned in one of my status updates while reading, I downloaded this book for free on my Kindle after reading a glowing review from one of my friends. I liked the concept, and it wasn't going to cost me any money, so what did I have to lose? I know that's probably not the best way to go into reading a book, but A Fr
It has yet to cease to amaze me that so much incredible free content is available on iBook. Seriously, getting an iPhone is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only do I have my music, but I can also read a myriad of books without lugging them all around in my purse. I continually browse the iBook store for what's new, and I'm rarely disappointed. For the most part, I know what I like and what to avoid, which results in spectacular finds like A French Girl in New York.

Just the titl
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I enjoyed this book, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
The romance wasn't nice.
The business practices were stupid.
The necessary suspension of disbelief was extremely high.
Vanessa Herrera
I just finished reading this book. I have to be honest I read a couple of chapters and I stopped because my impression of this book at that point was another Cinderella story. I decided to pick it up again and give it a second chance I am glad I did this story was sad at the beginning but later turn in a lovely story about a young girl that was mistreated by her foster parents and in her sadness and loneliness she discovered the love for music.

When she starts learning how to play she
This was a very cute read. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the songs the most, there were a lot of great songs that were written in this book.

I really liked Maude's character. I like how she never backs down from a challenge, and is just a very nice character to read about.

Matt is a cutie, he made me smile a lot as I read. Our took so long for him and Maude. Throughout the entire book, the always new they had feelings for each other but I was just so surprised how long it too
Maude Laurent is a spirited sixteen-year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town in the North of France with a passion for piano and a beautiful voice. One day in Paris, she is discovered by an American music producer who takes her to New York to live with him and his close-knit family while producing her first album, with help from teen pop star, Matt. Maude will dive into a new fascinating world discovering New York City, music, family, love and the truth about her past.

Crystal Collier
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The orphan whose dreams come true!

This was almost a Cinderella story in that regard, but with more grit, spirit, and determination. I liked Maude. She was humble and self-sacrificing, but also fierce and strong. This was a sweet contemporary, almost exactly what I was craving. As a performer, I found the reality/luck aspect a little thick, but that didn't take away my enjoyment of the book. Of course there was a cute love triangle, to be expected, but it played out well. The familial
Emily H
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A French Girl in New York

A French Girl in New York is such a good book. It has descriptive language and follows all he way to the end. It really inspired me to become a musician. The author made me feel like I was really there. There is no part of this book I would change. The strengths of this book are the fact that it includes so much descriptive language and that readers can easily get hooked. I would definitely recommend this book to other classmates, especially if you are interested in bec
Joann Herley
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A French Girl in New York is sort of like a modern Cinderella story. Maude is taken from a horrible life in France to a wonderful life of music in New York. I enjoyed this story, but it did get a little bogged down at times. Maude is a strong character that has made up her mind to make something of her life. She stumbles but with the help of her friends and her NY family, she tries again. There is a sweet surprise at the end. This author is new to me and I look forward to reading more from her.
Elizabeth Samuel
Sep 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't as entertaining as expected. It lacked imagery. This book really disappointed me and I wanted to have a better experience. For instance,the start of this book had an disappointing start. The author could've used more detail. This was a huge waste of time. Not reccomended.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna Adams has inspired me sooo much!
Tenzin Pema
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prompt 9
The book A French Girl in New York is very inspiring. This book is about a girl named Maude Laurent who has been living with her foster parents for sixteen years. Life with her foster parents wasn’t always the best. Maude had to take care of her foster siblings, which were twins and very energetic, and she also had to clean the whole house and her bedroom was the dirty basement. In the middle of doing all this work, Maude spends time in the town library to practice playing piano an
Maude's story is a bit fun and at the same time a bit cliche, but entertaining nonetheless. It is a rags to riches story about an abused girl from Northern France who's musical talent is discovered on a day excursion to Paris. From there, she is whisked away to a glamourous life in NYC with a recording contract under her belt.

At first, I was frustrated with the writing, but then I learned that the author herself is French, so I feeli must give her some leeway on how some of the sentences didn't
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a Wattpad novel. So I read it there. Later it got published. But I really liked the story. The French and the American atmosphere. The characters and the setup. It's pretty great!

If you're looking for a relaxing tale of friendship and romance and achieving your dreams then this is worth a try!
Karen Barber
First in series. Young orphan rescued from slavery in her northern French home. She just happens to perform in a cafe in Paris at the same time a big-shot US producer is there. He wants her to sign...and so Maude Laurent finds herself starting a new life in New York.
Taken under the wing of Baldwin family Maude finds her feet, develops friendship and love, and even has time to unearth some shocking family secrets while starting her new career.
Very silly if you look logically at it. Go
Mar 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
Free on Kindle
Farhana Thamiz
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Book with Amazing story.
This will tempt anyone to visit New York and Paris.
Best thing is Maude Attitude towards Matt.
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I'm the author of the Amazon Bestselling 'French Girl series'. When I'm not writing, I enjoy traveling in Europe, Asia, and I dream of going to Africa!

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