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?
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book a few months ago as part of an ARC tour that the wonderful Jessica Love set up for our writer’s group. I’d heard good things about the book. It was contemporary YA, a rom com at that, which is what I really love to read. I was particularly excited because the buzz was good so I was hoping this book might open up the doors for more contemporary YA.
This is all to say that I expected to like the book when I opened it. I did not expect to love it so much that it took all my will power to part with it and send it on to the next person on the ARC tour. As soon as I put it in the mail, I missed it so much. I couldn’t believe I had to wait another two months for it come out so I could read it again!
Oh how I loved it! I can say for sure that it’s by far my favorite read of 2010, maybe even longer than that. I couldn’t put it down. I forgot to cook dinner while reading this book. That NEVER happens to me. I didn’t want to break for stupid, unnecessary things like sleep.
This book is adorable. It’s squee-worthy and it leaves you at the end with a huge smile on your face. I wish Etienne St. Clair was real. I might consider divorcing my husband for him. I haven’t felt this way since Edward Cullen. Yes, yes, I know. I can’t help it, I fell for Edward and I fell harder for Etienne. (Maybe I have a thing for E names? Note to self: tell husband to change his name from Josh to something that begins with an E.) (Although if he wanted to go by SPIKE, that would be just fine as well.) I was there every step of the way with Anna as she went from strangers to just friends to holy-crap-I’m-in-love-with-my-friend to more than that. I felt her frustrations. They were *my* frustrations. Etienne was perfect but–gah!–why did he have to have a serious girlfriend?! There were so many moments when I was squealing on the page. The stuff that happens over Thanksgiving. If you have read this, you KNOW what I’m talking about. I loved how the author was able to keep me completely interested–and progress the relationship of the characters–even when they were separated over distance. That takes talent. To be able to keep the characters connecting when they aren’t in the same scene. The author also did a great job of keeping up the tension. Does he like her or not? What do his signals mean?
He’s a really intriguing character. Completely three-dimension and sa-woon worthy. And Anna herself is a great narrator. I loved her from page one. She’s strong and just all around someone I would want to be friends with. I was sad to part with her at the end of the book just as much as I was sad to leave Etienne.
And the setting? Paris! Need I say more?
The book is waiting for me in the mailbox for when I get home. I can’t wait to re-read my favorite scenes!