Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication date: December 2010
When Anna is forced by her father to spend her senior year attending school in Paris, she is not as thrilled as one would expect. Leaving behind a fantastic best friend, her family, and a near-boyfriend, she is terribly unhappy. But when she meets the gorgeous Etienne St. Clair, things might not end up being so bad in the City of Lights.
Things I Liked:
What a dreadfully inadequate summary that is. Sorry, I couldn't come up with anything better. Especially because the book really is quite good. I mean, I've seen rave reviews of this all over and I'm possibly the last to read it, so I'm sure you're all pretty familiar with it anyway. And it was a great romance! I loved how realistically teenage it felt - it totally reminded me of my own romantic dramas. Anna was a really fun character and I loved watching her go through all the varied emotions she experiences. She was funny and relatable and also she was definitely not perfect. St. Clair was also really well-written, at once charming and sweet but with some real problems and flaws. Oh, and I just adored the Paris setting - I've only been once, but it really left an impression on me and I wish I'd seen more while I was there. Such a beautiful place. It was a roller-coaster-y romantic story filled with both heartbreak and sweetness. Here's some of the good:
At least the people in my new school speak English. It was founded for pretentious Americans who don't like the company of their own children. I mean really. Who sends their kids to boarding school? It's so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn't have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons. p 5Things I Didn't Like:
I'm probably the only person who didn't adore this book. Maybe it was all the hype, but it just wasn't as amazing as I expected. Yes, very good. Yes, not like much of the other romantic blah stories being written. But, sometimes I was just tired of the drama. Definitely, when you're teenage (actually any age is dramatic when it comes to love) it seems like everything is the end of the world. Still, I tired of it occasionally. And, I don't know, I just didn't adore it. I guess what it comes down to is, I like fantasy best and this is contemporary, so it just isn't my favorite. Definitely worth the read, though.
I'm at a loss, really - I don't read much like this, maybe Sarah Dessen?
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
quite a lot - some f-bombs
nothing actually happens on page (quite), but lots of talk
there's also much alcohol consumption
Overall rating: ****
Anyone have read-alikes for this (or who didn't adore the book to death)?
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