Pub. Date: December 2nd 2010
Pages: 372 pages
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?
Last year there was A LOT of buzz about this book. I feel it was too much because my expectations were very high and, well I don't feel this book lived up to them.
The plot idea wasn't unique, but I liked Stephanie Perkins' writing. She has a great voice that I think is appropriate for the audience she was going for. I will say that there are some very big profanities in this book that aren't appropriate for those under 17 or 16. Even so, the way she went at the story was great and it kept me interested, for the most part. I feel like the book was too long. I found myself skimming and even skipping pages a lot of the time.
Anna was your average everyday protagonist. Don't get me wrong, she was not a bad protagonist, just nothing special. I liked that the author kept Anna's feelings and actions real and didn't make her do something that no normal teenage girl would not do. As for Étienne St. Claire, he was again your average swoon-worthy guy, with an accent.
Overall this book was okay.
Rating: 3.5 stars / 5 stars