Or, as this post should probably be called: Mariah gushes over a swoonworthy book.
I honestly absorbed this book. It's accessible and intelligent, funny and thought-provoking. Here's the blurb from Amazon:
Anna was 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. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
Now, you may be thinking "Boarding school? That's been done before." And I'll say that no, it hasn't been done like this. Partially (okay, mostly) because of the English French American Boy, Etienne St. Clair. I lurve him.
And the story isn't only about a romance in Paris. Anna really works on discovering herself as a person on the way to romance, which I love. All her relationships feel real and natural, because all the characters are so well developed. But, on top of it all, they are in Paris, which leads to some amazing events that couldn't happen anywhere else.
I really can't recommend this book enough. Anna's voice is so strong and unique that I loved her from the beginning. True, we are alike in many ways, and that just leads me to believe that someday I'll find my Etienne <3
Stephanie Perkins, this book exceeded all my greatest expectations. Thanks for writing such a good book. Now, I think I'll go read it again.