Thursday, October 25, 2018

Say "bonjour" to Isabelle Laflèche...plus a book giveaway

We're so glad to have Isabelle Laflèche back at CLC today to talk about her latest novel, Bonjour Girl. We enjoyed her J'adore series and are excited to see what she has in store for Clementine this time around. Isabelle has THREE copies for some lucky readers!

Isabelle Laflèche worked for more than ten years as a corporate attorney in New York City, Montreal, and Toronto before pursuing her passion for writing. Her debut novel J’adore New York is published by Harper Collins CA, along with its sequel J’adore Paris. Her best selling books have now been translated into five languages. She also recently published a guide book to Paris, written during her stay in the city of light while researching her novel J'adore Paris. In addition to being hard at work on her next books, she is a former writer on culture, literature, and fashion for the Quebec fashion magazine Clin d’oeil. She lives in Montreal, Canada. (Courtesy of Isabelle's website.)

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Synopsis:
Dating, fashion, and drama: Clementine never has a dull day at the Parsons School of Design.

When Clementine Liu arrives in New York City to study at the Parsons School of Design, she knows that she’s found her place. It isn’t long before she meets her fashionista soulmate, the loud and charismatic Jake, and Jonathan, a dreamy fashion photographer who turns her world upside down.

Between schoolwork and glitzy fashion shows, Clementine launches a blog, Bonjour Girl, and her wit, originality, and flair quickly catapult the site to cult status. Unfortunately, this comes with a price: Clementine is faced with online abuse and public humiliation. In the midst of all the drama, she finds out that a classmate is not what she seems, and Clementine has to find a way to save both her reputation and Jake’s fashion collection.
(Courtesy of Amazon.)


What is something new you learned while writing Bonjour Girl?

We live in a world where diversity is lacking in the fashion and beauty industries, as well as in the media. It's important that we see a more accurate portrayal of different types of people and not just a one size fits all model of beauty. Also, I learned that the way some young people disrespect each other online is not only disturbing but alienating and can be very harmful to their self-esteem. We need to encourage and cultivate greater self-respect.

What is something about Clementine that reminds you of yourself?
She's curious, sensitive, creative, loves vintage fashion, has overcome challenges but keeps a positive outlook and is determined. Oh, and she loves pink. I'm not sure if that's actually in the book or not but the book cover speaks for itself!

If Bonjour Girl were made into a movie, who would star in the lead roles?

I would love to see a real fashion blogger play Clementine. Perhaps Susie Lau of Susie Bubble or Leaf Greener, a blogger from Shanghai. Jake could be played by Jonah Hill and Jonathan by Penn Badgley.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Attending a spiritual workshop in an ashram and reading a text taht said that novel writing and reading can be be bad for the soul! I laughed out loud!

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
I read the Jenny Han trilogy To All the Boys I've loved before which I really.... loved! I also read Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell, a great book about connecting to your divine, inner self.

If we were to visit you in Montreal, what is something you would want us to check out?
The Museum of Fine Arts, the cool vintage shops, the great restaurants and the AMAZING Jazz Festival!

Thanks to Isabelle for chatting with us and sharing her book with our readers!

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Giveaway ends October 30th at midnight EST.

14 comments:

Janine said...

I already started a book blog. But I would love to be able to have a cat blog with product reviews and health and behavior tips.

Linda May said...

I love clothes & sometimes I just like to look even thou I don't buy. This book looks amazing, Thanks for your great generosity.

traveler said...

I enjoyed this lovely post since I was born in Montreal and lived in Montreal most of my life. Montreal is the most wonderful, special and captivating city filled with charm, great restaurants and fashion galore. A city made for walking and enjoying life. Fashion is something that is individual and not every style or trend suits everyone.

Kelley B said...

I would create a fashion blog or make up blog!

Dianne Casey said...

I would create a book blog. Always looking for a good book to read.

Rita Wray said...

I would love a book blog.

Mary Preston said...

Maybe crafts - but I doubt I would have the time.

Kate Vocke said...

I have a book blog! And I hate that "cold shoulders" shirts are back. Bleh!

Elena Y. said...

I would have a book blog or about travels!

bn100 said...

maybe books

Quinn said...

Bonjour, interesting cover.

Rina H said...

I would create a book blog called Love Me Love My Books

Tatum Rangel said...

I'm a book blogger. If I could start a new one, however, I would like to start a travel blog.

Melanie Backus said...

I would definitely have a book blog with giveaways.