Author: Stephanie Perkins
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Anna can't wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
My Summary: Anna loves everything about her life in Atlanta - she has the perfect best friend, the perfect job, and the perfect crush.
All that changes when Anna's jerk of a father (cough*Nicholas Sparks*cough) decides to show off to his rich Hollywood friends and ship her off to a boarding school in Paris WITHOUT asking her. Now Anna's spending her senior year halfway across the world, and the only french words she knows are oui and bonjour. But there may be something great about Paris, and she meets a guy who wants to show her it all. When Anna starts to fall for St. Clair - who is, unfortunately, taken - drama starts unfolding. Can she manage to control her feelings and stay friends with the person that's made Paris home for her?
My Thoughts: I don't know how many dozens of reviews I've read for this book since the day it came out. Seriously. And every one said the same thing: "this book is awesome! Loved it!" but of course, being the skeptic I am, I didn't believe it could be that good.
But oh, it was.
I adored this book. The characters were amazing and genuine and real and I didn't feel like the book was written by someone way older than the characters - the dialogue felt natural (and made me laugh out loud multiple times) and it never read as forced. And of course you guys know I'm gonna talk about St. Clair... he. Is. Perfect. Seriously, I would go to France just to get one like him. And him and Anna are awesome together (loved the chemistry!).
What I also loved was that the characters weren't one-dimensional: they had interests and quirks and issues, and that made it so easy to relate to them. And of course the writing was great - it never lagged or got boring, making it easy to finish (less than 4 hours for me, a personal record).
Final Thoughts: I really recommend this anyone who enjoys reading about travel or romance - especially people who read and loved Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. There are a few mentions of drinking though (it's France!) so watch out with younger teen readers.