Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publish Date: December 2010
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a YA fiction fan.
- You love cute love stories.
- You love good settings.
From Goodreads.com: "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 Etienne St. Clair: 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?"
My Two Cents:
Holy cuteness, Batman! I'm sure this is about the thousandth review for this book that you've seen if you've been hanging around the book- blogosphere (especially that of the Young Adult fiction persuasion) but this is a great book. It's a fun read with a cute story.
Who wouldn't want to spend their senior year of high school in France? Anna Oliphant isn't sure that it's so good at first until she meets Etienne St. Clair (oh that name sounds a little pretentious at first but it's oh-so sexy). He reminded me of every single high school crush ever. He's got gorgeous eyes, a funny sense of humor, sexy hair, so on and so forth as it ever was. Uh yeah, I would have fallen for him as well!!! The relationship was just so perfect. It's the kind of relationship that as a teenage girl, you think is the end all, be all. This book definitely made me feel like I was about 16 or 17 years old again!
The setting is great! I've never been to Paris before but it's definitely on my bucket list. Paris is truly a romantic city and I loved reading about all of the adventures that Anna and Etienne have there. I'm ready to eat crepes and take a walk to Notre Dame!
I loved the writing of the book. Perkins does a fabulous job of getting into the mind of a teenage girl. She made Anna seem really real. I really wanted to see what happened to Anna and Etienne. What happened after the book ended? Did visiting each other at their respective colleges in Cali work out? I so want it to work out! I think when you're wondering about what the characters are doing after the book ends, you know it's a good book.
Bottom line: A fun teenage romance!