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?
This book completely caught me by surprise. It is incredibly lovely.
Anna is a very real and relatable. I adore her spunk! Her father decides to send her to the School of America in Paris, France her senior year and this turns her entire world upside down. She leaves behind her mother and brother in Atlanta, Georgia, her best friend Bridgette and the cute co-worker Toph at the movie theater. Paris, is intimidating at first. She doesn’t know anyone at school, she doesn’t know the language and it’s her first time being on her own. She befriends her neighbour in the dorms, Meredith and is quickly accepted into her little group of friends. As much as this story is about Anna and her growing up and beginning to find herself, it’s also about a first love and the craziness that comes along with it.
Etienne St. Clair is that boy everyone knows, everyone loves (and those that don’t love him are just plain envious), with his easy smile and endless charm. He is the boy off limits as he already has a girlfriend. But there is no denying the mutual growing attraction between himself and Anna. As she finds her way through this incredible experience of living in Paris, the city of love, I was drawn along with her. It’s their journey to each other that’s amazing. Navigating the high school drama and real life problems that come up, becoming best friends and finding themselves in love with each other that just completely had me rooting for them both by the end of the story.
Who hasn’t been there at some point in life? Where miscommunication and timing just didn’t seem to be in the right place?
This book left me feeling giddy and hopeful and I loved every minute of it.