Uh-oh. Emily is visiting France. The lead character of Maxwell's They Wear WHAT Under Their Kilts? and The Year My Life Went Down the Loo takes her hilarious mishaps to Paris, the "city of love," in the funniest book yet. Emily isn't just going to have another boring old birthday—she is going to the most romantic city in the world, Paris. She has the whole trip planned out: see the sights, buy chic new clothes and share a special evening with her hottie boyfriend. Sounds simple enough for anyone— except Emily.

Her sadistic headmistress makes Emily bring along her assignment, Jack, a manufactured baby (LuvMyBaby v4.75) that has an advanced behavior card and memory chip that records care data. Added to this, Emily gets locked in Notre Dame overnight, swims the dirty canal, causes a major rollerblading pile-up and throws up on her boyfriend (again).

How embarrassing is it to laugh hysterically out loud in a quiet, people-filled room? Very. Even the title induces giggles, and that's nothing compared to the rest of the book. Maxwell writes about real, raw girly-girl feelings, with no depressing scenarios or undertones. (May, 336 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Ali DeGray