Eliza Monroe-daughter of the future president of the United States-is devastated when her mother decides to send her to boarding school outside of Paris. But the young American teen is quickly reconciled to the idea when-ooh, la-la!-she discovers who her fellow pupils will be: Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Josephine Bonaparte; and Caroline Bonaparte, youngest sister of the famous French general. It doesn't take long for Eliza to figure out that the two French girls are mortal enemies-and that she's about to get caught in the middle of their schemes.
October 16, 2013
Title: The Académie
Author: Susanne Dunlap
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Release Date: February 28th 2012
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This story revolves around three girls lives, Eliza, Hortense and Madeleine. Eliza Monroe is daughter of future president James Monroe and is sent to a French boarding school in Paris. There she encounters the beautiful and reserved Hortense de Beauharnais, step-daughter to Napoléon Bonaparte and Caroline Bonaparte, sister to Napoléon Bonaparte, who will stop at nothing to separate her brother from Hortense’s mother, Josephine.
Eliza is the type of girl who wants to fit in. She soon finds herself in the middle of a feud between Caroline and Hortense. But still so desperately seeks the approval of her new friends. She also believes that she is in love with Eugene, Hortense brother. Only to find out he is in love with Madeleine, an actress’s daughter. She so desperately wants him to notice her that she does the unthinkable to be close to him.
The characters are just simply amazing. The story was also amazing. Dunlap brought history to the 21st century in this great book. It has a great story with a great ending that is sure to please. My next read by her is In the Shadow of the Lamp, can’t wait to dive it.