Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd on December 16th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?
AHHHH. This book got me spazzing like crazy the moment I finished reading it. Because AHHHHHH. Etienne St. Clair. *swoons*
I do have to admit though, that at first when I read the blurb and I realised that Etienne already has a serious girlfriend, I was a little bit skeptical as to how the author would pull this off without making the guy sound like an absolute complete jerk. But to me, the story worked out fine, and that was pretty amazing. I loved how it was super obvious from the start that Etienne likes Anna but he doesn’t make any move towards her, because hello, he has a girlfriend.
I liked Anna since the start, because she seemed like the kind of character who would do anything for the people she loves, even if it means that she would have to sacrifice her own happiness. She’s also modest, and through reading the book, she gave no indication whatsoever that she thinks herself as beautiful. So, the compliments she got were really heart-melting, like when Etienne told her she was beautiful, it kinda hit me that I haven’t thought about her looks since the first time I read about her, and it made the experience more heart-melting, and I’m definitely so close to spazzing here. HAHA do you understand me? I hope you do.
Eteinne was pretty special in his own way. I remember his first encounter with Anna, and I was just there like Oh, be still my heart. Because I legit fell for this guy at that moment. Stephanie Perkins wrote that scene in a way such that I know that would absolutely be the best and memorable scene between Anna and him throughout the whole book. Eteinne was definitely sweet, yes I can guarantee that. But he could also be a little bit of a jerk, which I guess was the whole climax to the story, in which he has to figure out who he wants.
The good thing about this book was that Eteinne did not cheat on his girlfriend. No matter how many times we knew that he absolutely liked Anna, he kinda only treated her like a best friend. And he knew that even though he was a horrible guy for liking another girl while still in a relationship, he also knew that cheating would take him to a whole new level of asshole. Stephanie Perkins was smart, in making us all fall for the guy who is unavailable, without making him out to be a douchebag that we would hate.
Very little authors could actually make me spazz about contemporary romance, and Stephanie Perkins just made it to my auto-buy list. Because DAMN, I’m still spazzing even after days since I finished the book.