December 2nd 2010
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. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited? (Goodreads)
I don't think love is a good enough word for how much I enjoyed this book. It. Was. Amazing. And now I'm not sure how to write this review...
Anna was such a good character that I don't even want to call her a character. I can relate to her in ways that I've not been able to relate to other YA main characters. She's a lot like me (apart from in that bit that's sort of the end of the middle. I don't act like that.) Another thing that I love about her is that she is flawed. That all of the characters are flawed. Sometimes they act like complete idiots, but that just makes them so much more real. And that she's not just some perfect little girl who every hot guy on the planet falls in love with.
St. Claire was beautiful. I love him, I adore him. He is just so amazing. But he is flawed too. He's short and he has a girlfriend despite the fact the he's blatantly in love with Anna, and he's scared to break up with her because he's afraid of change, and he acts like an idiot because of it, but in the end he was still amazing. And I think he might be my new favourite YA boy, even though I'm not sure who my old favourite was...
The characters made this story, and not just the main ones, but the side characters as well. I feel so rude even calling them side characters though, because they're not. If they were real, they would be my friends, and I loved them like they were my friends. Apart from Amanda. She wouldn't be my friend. I cheered when Anna punched her in the face. And Dave. He was an ass. I was very happy when St. Claire punched him in the face too.
Overall, I think this may be my favourite book of the year, or at least one of my favourites, and I can't wait until next year when Lola comes out, 2012 when Isla comes out (especially if Isla is the Isla in Anna... That was confusing) 5 stars :D