The only perspective in this book, Leo has some secrets to hide, a mask of courage to wear, and pain to forget and escape from. Trying to get far away from her home, she studies hard for the SAT to get a much better score. She gets a major detour when Paris, her beloved sister who Leo will always look after and watch, disappears and leaves behind a very cryptic clue. Max Sullivan and Leo join forces to search for Paris. On the journey, Leo rediscovers herself and questions everything she knows about Paris.
Max, who Leo just met at a diner, is the keeper of many secrets, including some involving Leo and her sister. Though he seems to be friendly and open, he has ulterior motives and much more layers. He is smart, but he is also weighed down by said secrets. He is passionate, and he is a full character. Max and Leo share great chemistry with each other.
The mystery of Paris is not without clues and a villain. The villain is a rather frightening character. He/she isn't straightforwardly evil (say Lord Voldemort) but much more complex and subtle. There are so many people out there in the world like him/her. The villain has an ignorant accomplice, who is represents sheer ignorance. It is a fascinating case, and Joy Preble is adept at creating a realistic and puzzling situation for the heroines and hero.
Some random thoughts: The plot is great, and it moves quickly without stalling or faltering. There is little time for readers to rest their eyes. The writing style makes readers enjoy the book more. Despite Leo knowing great amounts of SAT vocabulary words (as one would presume so, because she is retaking the SATs for a higher score to get into Stanford University), the descriptions are short and understandable.
In conclusion, FINDING PARIS is a story of two sisters who will do anything to protect each other. Spinning secrets, lies, truth, and deceit altogether, Joy Preble creates a well-balanced and daring novel of good and evil.
Rating: Four out of Five