Aug 22, 12
Read from June 02 to 04, 2012
Anna Oliphant is finally a senior. Only she won't be spending it in Atlanta where she's spent her whole life. No, she'll be spending it in the American boarding school in Paris. While most kids would be over the moon about the opportunity, Anna isn't too pleased. She doesn't speak French, she doesn't know anyone and her being sent there is only so her "Great Southern Romance Writer" of a father can say that she goes to school there. She's leaving her friends, her little brother, her job and a certain guy she just started to get to know a little better. What's so great about Paris anyway?
When she arrives in Paris, she cries the first night. Luckily for her, the walls are paper thin and the girl living next door comes over and takes Anna under her wing. She introduces Anna to her group of friends and within seconds, Anna is taken by Etienne St. Clair, an American-born Englishman living in Paris. Only problem is: he's in a relationship. And what about Toph back home? Anna makes the decision to keep her feelings to herself and do her best to fit in in this brand new world. But can she keep her feelings to herself for long? Will she actually start to love living in Paris? What will happen when she goes home for Christmas? Is this the experience that will change her life in more ways than one?
I absolutely loved this book. I picked up a copy of it last fall at a book conference and thought I would eventually get to it and probably not like it. Oh, was I wrong. I could not put this down. I giggled and blushed and smiled my way through it. Somewhere on the back one of the blurbs say that you will want to date this book and I'm here to tell you that that is entirely true. I wanted to jump into the pages and fall in love with Etienne in a big way. There was so much humor and the romance aspect wasn't overbearing and you really did feel like you were just learning about what your friends had been up to, which I think is always really great.
If you like a good, fun, really cute read, this is totally for you. You'll breeze through it and totally want more. Best part? There's a companion novel! It might not center around Anna, but she's still part of the story and it's wonderful. Who wouldn't want more of these characters once you've read this story? If only Stephanie Perkins would write nothing but this group's stories. Sigh. One can dream, right?