- Page Count: 372
- Release Date: December 2, 2010
- My Rating: 5 stars
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
How have I never read this before now?!?! That was quite possibly the cutest book ever.
The title, description, and hype made me shove it to the back of my bookshelf for years, which I’m totally regretting now.
It feels kind of pointless to do some detailed review when this is one of the most popular YA books aaaand I’m like the last person to get to it… so let me just join in on the enthusiasm.
The writing was so strong that everyone totally seemed real. I’m seriously so sad that book is over and can already feel the book hangover coming. It’s just a happy, feel-good read that still felt like it operated in reality.
I totally loved Anna’s character and how she was so relatable, flawed, and hilarious at times. Her narration was really easy to read. It kind of reminded me of Elle Woods at time? (That is a huge compliment). And pretty sure being sent to a French boarding school is the ultimate dream! I could seriously picture most of the places around her school in Paris.
I loved St. Clair and then I didn’t… and then I didn’t really care if I didn’t. Here’s how much I loved this story: it did the thing I hate most and I DIDN’T MIND. I cannot stand when someone is in a relationship and likes someone else, yet stays in the old relationship to be safe. And then they’re all “I’ve loved you for so long.” Mmmk no. (Don’t worry, I’m not starting this rant tonight). So even though I was a bit annoyed with the choices certain characters made, the rest of the story was so adorable that I didn’t really care. And their actions made sense.
But back to the PARIS. BRITISH BOYS. FRENCH FOOD. CINEMA. BOARDING SCHOOL. Everything I adore. This was just the perfect YA contemporary and everything was so happy. Some of my extreme enthusiasm waned towards the end, but this is still a strong 5 stars.