I am absolutely in love with this book. I love the characters, I love the style of writing, I love the way the plot develops throughout the book and I really feel like we as readers are able to get the chance to see the formation of a real relationship over a decent amount of time instead of like two weeks or a couple of days as I tend to see in quite a few YA novels. Stephanie Perkins has been a favourite author of mine ever since I read Lola and the Boy Next Door which made me fall in love with her style of writing. For those of you unfamiliar with the plot of this story and are interested in reading it here is the summary from GoodReads:
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 is such a nice light book to read filled with not-overly cliche moments and beautiful images formed by stunning creativity and a love of Paris. If you are interested in this book check it out before reading this review so as to not get spoiled ^^
She’s done it again. She has created a character which will make any reader swoon. St. Clair is the vision of perfection with the way he talks, the way he acts as well as the way he treats Anna. His one fault? He didn’t bloody get out of his obviously-failing relationship with his girlfriend sooner. I loved the slow build up of their relationship, the obvious attraction, the gradual friendship leading onto the small budding of romance and then confusion and hurt, all leading up to that kiss scene which was steamy and intense.
The back-up characters Meredith, Josh and Rashimi were just as interesting to read about and the relationships they formed around themselves were not necessarily critical to the plot but they added more depth and build-up to the plot that is forming. I’ve met a person similar to St. Clair so that made this story all the more dear to me and I just wanted to huddle under my covers with this book…and eat as they say in The Jane Austen Book Club ^^
A downside to the book was the lack of development on SOAP. I kind of wanted to see the development of classes and teachers and the way in which Anna coped with changing systems so quickly at the end of her time in High School. It was also just a bit unrealistic how quickly she met people and all of a sudden had a “really hot” guy interested in her and a bunch of friends surrounding her and going out with her. I would have enjoyed seeing her gradually settle into that group more.
The drunk scenes were some of my fav because you really get to know a person’s character with the way that they act when they’re drunk. For example St. Clair against his better judgement spewed out all his feelings for her and didn’t want to see his girlfriend anymore. In his moment of sadness all he could think about was Anna and vice versa for when she was drunk. I also loved Anna’s obsession with movies and writing reviews online which reminds me of why I started this blog in the first place. I’ve always been passionate about reviewing books and yes a part of me would love that to be a job but Anna’s passion only reminded me of how much I enjoy it.
There was quite a few cliches in this story that I feel it could have done without such as the best friend going off with the crush when she’s gone as well as the bitchy popular girl who picks on Anna due to St. Clair’s obvious interest in her as well as Mark and David’s immature treatment I mean come on are they 5-years-old?
Anna as a main character was enjoyable to read but I also found some moments to be a bit overdone. I mean going to France, to an American school and thinking the people at the cafeteria won’t understand you ordering…it’s just a bit silly don’t you think? Another thing I didn’t like was how St. Clair just decides to sleep in her bed and call her all the time and hold her hand and rest his leg against her when he has a girlfriend. Then at the end he comes running telling her he “thought she knew” how he felt etc. and I understand someone being scared of letting go of someone that they’re comfortable with but they should at least have the decency not to flaunt around with someone else until it’s 100% over.
Plot: 8 points
Language/Style: 9 points
Originality: 6 points
Characters: 8 points
Giving this book 31 points out of 40.
I highly recommend reading this book as it is a sweet “chick-lit” “romantic” novel that will definitely brighten up your day as well as your belief on finding someone you will fall in love with.
Favorite part: Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?