Hardcover, 372 pages
Published December 2nd 2010
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. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?
Imagine you're seventeen, and about to start your senior year of high school. You have a loyal best friend, your own car and a budding crush on a cute guy in a band. Life is pretty good, until your parents inform you they are sending you to boarding school in Paris, France. Not only do think it will broaden your horizons, but also teach you to be responsible and independent. Well, if it was me I would jump at the chance to live in the most romantic city in the world. But I've always been a fan of Paris. Anna on the other hand, is not so thrilled at the idea of leaving everyone and everything behind for nine months. After all, a lot can happen in almost a year's time...
During her first week at her new school, Anna makes some friends. One of them happens to be the very attractive, very unavailable Etienne St. Claire. Not only is this gorgeous boy with the French name American, but he also speaks with an English accent. St. Claire as everyone refers to him, quickly becomes close with Anna. He helps her with her French and acts as her Parisian tour guide. As time passes Anna starts to develop feelings for St. Claire and even though it seems like he returns those feelings, his girlfriend is still a factor. But who said love was ever convenient?
I'm not sure how to talk about this book without sounding like a gushing teenager. I had a hunch I would like this story, especially since it takes place in Paris. But it was one of those books that once it had me, it really had me. Anna and St. Claire had a very sweet friendship, they were there for one another no matter what. They had a chemistry that was undeniable, and with each page I turned I hoped I was getting closer to them finally being together. St. Claire is the kind guy that every girl wants to find. He's cute, worldly, charming and above all genuine. I wanted to jump into Anna's shoes just so I could be there with him. When she would describe leaning over and smelling his hair or the sensation she got when their legs touched in a dark movie theater, I could almost feel what she was feeling.
I loved this book so much because it was different then anything else I've read. No vampires, or werewolves, or other supernatural beings. Just a girl in love with a boy. If it were made into a movie I would see it over and over again. Stephanie Perkins is a cool, fresh new author and I will be eager to read anything she writes!