Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
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?
What I thought:
This just might be my favorite YA this year. Possibly my favorite up to date. I couldn't help but be pulled in by the story and I couldn't put it down until it was finished. The writing was fantastic.
Perkins has given her characters a human feel. Neither are perfect while the other struggles. They both struggle and they both make mistakes and they both are pulled in by an unseen force. Amazing. It was just amazing. I usually find that the guy in most romances one character is just near perfect while the other can do no right. I loved how they were both able to make mistakes, both realize it (later, of course) and both able to work to correct those mistakes. Neither was perfect and it really made the characters come to life.
I don't know why I didn't grab this the minute it came out. I've read reviews from other bloggers that said pretty much the same thing. It was fantastic, couldn't put it down, favorite book, and the writing was wonderful. Now that I've gotten to experience the book for myself, I whole heartily agree! This book was phenomenal in every way.