Author: Stephanie Perkins
Summary: 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. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? (Via Goodreads.)
I don’t know how to talk about this book without gushing. It was just perfect.
I read this book shortly after I booked a trip to Paris which made everything so much better for me! This book has made Paris better in my eyes a feat I did not think possible given how much I love the city but it did it. Every setting of this book, from the Pantheon to the cinema to the cemetery is now on my list of places to see and I couldn’t be more excited!! (See: Extra exclamation mark means I’m really excited.)
But back to the book! Let’s start with the characters! The main characters are Anna and the utterly perfect Etienne St. Clair (Who has been added to my list of fictional husbands. Just so dreamy.) and I adored them. They were well rounded and portrayed as typical teenagers with typical problems namely their parents and being separated from them and they dealt wit these problems perfectly and authentically, so just amazing. The secondary characters of Meredith, Josh and Rashimi were also wonderful and I do wish we got to see more of them. Thankfully, Josh makes his return in Isla and the Happily Ever After!
The romance, however, is the best part of this book because it is described perfectly (You’ll notice that perfect is coming up a lot in this review.) The love story between Etienne and Anna is fluffy and cute but it’s also hard and awkward and everything I wan’t in life! (No really, find me an Etienne St. Clair universe!) This book perfectly captures what it feels like to be in love and I’m so sad it had to end. (The book not the romance.) Thankfully, I believe these two make an appearance in in Perkins follow up novels so yay!
I would recommend this book to everyone even if you’re not a love story kind of reader. I’ve actually recommended it to a few people already! It’s so adorable and wonderful and I am gushing again. See? I said this would be a problem!
I want to give this book 5/5 but I’m giving it 4.5/5 instead for two reasons. 1) I really wanted to see more of the secondary characters especially Rashimi and Bridget and Matt, hopefully they make a few guest appearances in future books and 2) Because Etienne St. Clair does not exist. (Ugly Crying.)
Now all I need is Isla and the Happily Ever After and Lola and the Boy Next Door to magically appear on my bedside table!