by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Contemporary/YA Lit
My Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?
I’ll be honest, I had started this book back in June, but then I got distracted by other things, other books. I decided to pick it up again this past week after seeing so many people’s excitement about Isla and the Happily Ever After. I decided I need to pick it up again and see what all the fuss was about. And boy am I glad I did! It was a hilarious, heartwarming read, filled with moments of heartache, set in a beautiful European city. It’s a cute, romantic YA novel set in the most romantic city in the world.
At times Anna frustrated me with her complaints of being in Paris when she didn’t want to be (though it was only a minor frustration, one that didn’t detract from my enjoyment), but honestly, I like when a character does that, it means I am emotionally invested in them. I loved her quirkiness, her scared reaction to the thought of going out to Paris sights by herself, let alone order food at school. I connected to her the most through this, as I experienced this when I went to Italy this past January (I think I stayed in my room pacing, trying to get up the courage to go to the lobby to see if any of my group was there yet). I felt like I was exploring Paris with Anna.
Then there was Ètienne. Oh, Ètienne, I think I have a crush on him. He sounds adorable, imperfect, and has an accent-an English accent to boot (I love an English accent). When Anna first meets him, she believes she will be able to be just friends with him, especially since her new friend Mer, seems to be in love with him. As she spends more time with him in there group of friends and over holidays, she finds that she is drawn more and more to him. The only problem is that he has a girlfriend.
Stephanie Perkins writes characters that are not perfect, that make mistakes, and that is very appealing to me. She makes characters that are not your typical cookie-cutter teens, ones that you would find in any book you picked off a shelf. The characters in here felt so real, that I would meet them on the street or in a movie theater.
Their romance was adorable, gooey-sweet. The only thing that would have made it better was if I had been on a beach to read it. Paris is definitely one of those cities on my bucket list to visit. It is a great escape, one that I would definitely re-read over and over again.
If you like a light, cutesy romantic read, you need to read this. Even if you don’t, you need to read this.