Published: August 4th 2011 by Speak
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: -
Anna can't wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
"Perkins's debut surpasses the usual chick-lit fare with smart dialogue, fresh characters and plenty of tingly interactions." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." - Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author
"Tantalizing pacing, sparkling repartee, vibrant supporting characters . . ." - Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay
I had really high expectations for this book just because I had read nothing but good things about this book and seeing raving reviews from friends and book bloggers who have the same taste in books that I have. I completely fell in love with this book.
I completely loved the plot. I think that this is the first book that I have read that has been set in Paris, so I loved how by reading this book it really felt like you were there in the city with Anna because everything was described so well that you really got a clear picture of what everything looked like. I also loved the relationship between St. Clair/Étienne and Anna, it felt like it was a real relationship not like in other books where the relationship seems forced just so they can get on with writting the next part of the book. For me this book really felt like it could be a re-telling of a part of someone's life.
The characters. I really loved the characters I thought that they were all written brilliantly, they really all seemed like they could have been real people and people that you would want to hang around with. I thought that Anna was a really relateable and likeable character and I found myself really feeling what she was feeling many times throughout the book and I think that that is what makes a really relateable character. I also loved St Clair's character just like Anna's character I thought that he was a very relateable character and you could really feel how hard it was for him being stuck in the middle of two relationships.
Overall I completely fell in love with this book and this book has put Stephanie Perkins in my top 3 authors of all time. I cannot wait to start "Lola And The Boy Next Door" luckily I have it waiting on my shelf otherwise I don't know what I would do.