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?
SOURCE: purchased (forever ago, this is a reread in prep for ISLA)
Anna’s father, a famous (sell-out to Hollywood according to her) author, decides that she needs more life experience and sends her to Paris to study abroad for her senior year. Terrified to be alone in a foreign country she quickly learns she needs to open up and make friends and in doing so learns more about herself as well as the beautiful city she now calls home.
Anna - Perfectly damaged heroine if that makes sense. She is both outgoing and shy, a perfect blend to showcase how we all have (or can have) those bouts of courage mixed in with our insecure moments.
Étienne - GOD. Just typing his name. The scene when he introduced himself? SERIOUS BUTTERFLIES and this is the second time I’m reading this one. Could he be anymore swoonier?
I was planning on rereading this one (as well as LOLA) in preparation for ISLA and even though I knew everything that would happened I got the same feelings all over again. Meeting Étienne for the first time (again), watching their friendship grow into something more, watching obstacles pop up, OMG. I think rereading I was open to the more subtle hints throughout the story and it made the anticipation that much sweeter. Stephanie Perkins writes absolutely adorable books that have the power to move and inspire you to find your own Étienne. It was just as beautiful the second time around and I recommend picking this one up STAT whether for the first time (HOW HAVE YOU WAITED THIS LONG?!) or just to reread like me.