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Book Review – The Paris Effect by K.S.R. Burns

Book Review

The Paris Effect
By Author K.S.R. Burns


Love. Death. Food. Paris. Betrayal. Adventure. Escape.

Nothing is what it seems in this highly praised debut novel about a young woman who sneaks away to Paris without telling anyone. Not even her husband. Once there she’s robbed, stalked, arrested, kidnapped (almost) and–worse–finds that her numerous problems have come right along with her. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light.

P.S. This novel is great for book groups.

My Review:

Amy is a fabulous main character and with a slight obsession of food.  I totally related to this as I once lost almost 100 pounds and I’m always on a diet!  The descriptions of Amy’s surroundings with descriptions surrounding food was absolutely fabulous.

Paris is always a setting that pulls me in and the descriptions Karen uses are so easy to see.  She describes a Paris that is a real city, not the magical fairy-tale that most people dream of.  I’ve not been to Paris but I had no problem at all picturing it and wishing I had been.

I gave this book 4 stars.
four stars

Amy is a character in her late twenties with a food obsession, or really, an everything obsession.  Her worrying has come to the point of taking over her life and she nitpicks at every last details of everything.  Her heartache is real and despite the death of her friend she moves on with her trip to Paris.  I felt bad for Amy, even though it seemed like she made her own life harder than it needed to be, she was having to deal with emotions that no one wants to deal with.

I loved how Karen mentions in the blurb that this book is perfect for book clubs.  It is, I can imagine the different conversations and opinions that would be involved in book clubs with all the different scenes and emotions in the book.

What I Loved:

-I always love when I can really relate to a specific characteristic within a character, as with Amy’s food obsession.
-Karen is a fabulous writer, this story is a quick read.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll have a love/hate relationship with the characters.

What I didn’t Love:

-I felt like Amy was a bit selfish, but had I been through her situations I might too.

What I thought of the Cover:

-Love the cover, love the color of the cover.  It’s a perfect fit for the book.

Did I add a book boyfriend?

-I did not. 🙂

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About the Author:

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K.S.R. Burns


Like her character Amy in Rules for the Perpetual Diet, K. S. R. Burns is always on a diet. Unlike Amy, she has never run away from home. But she has lived and worked in 22 cities, one of them Paris (because she does definitely share Amy’s passion for Paris!).

No longer a wanderer, Burns currently resides in Seattle with her husband and cat. Writing as Karen Burns, she’s also the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use (Running Press 2009). Find her online at
Thank you, Karen for being my ‘Author of the Week’ and for allowing me to read and review your fabulous book.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know about about you and I’m sure my readers have as well.

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