Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?
My Thoughts: After only seeing glowing reviews for this book, I finally read it and understand why people love it so much. It is a really well written YA romance. First of all, the characters are real and incredibly likable. Anna is a great narrator and her arc throughout the story is slow moving, but full. Her inner dialogue is hilarious and ridiculously entertaining. St. Clair is totally swoon-worthy, even when he’s acting like an ass. I loved their relationship, and while it was a slow burn the fire was always there and it was steamy and butterfly inducing. The roller coaster of their emotions felt super realistic given the situations they were in, and I was totally invested. Their friend group was full of diverse, interesting, and individual characters, with a couple cliché teenage villains thrown in as well. It is a quick read, but it’s because the pacing is so great and the plot so well developed that it goes by in the blink of an eye. I got so sucked in that I stayed in the bath tub reading until the water turned cold, and then continued to read way past my bedtime. I really loved this book, and I’m happy I stopped putting it off. You can believe the hype, it really is that good.