Published: 2nd December 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile/ Usborne House
Anna had everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Étienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
Stephanie Perkins has only been recently brought to my attention thanks to watching Youtube videos on book recommendations (blame it on the fact that this book was only published in the UK this year) and I think I have found a new favourite author.
This book is refreshing in the way that it deals with relationships and situations in general, carrying in equal measure the emotive and comedic aspects in order to create a fantastic all round novel.
I can immediately relate to Anna and her situation, I had to spend a year abroad as part of my degree, five months of which were spent living in Paris and I can relate to the feeling of having absolutely no idea what to do when you are on your own in a place that you have no idea about. Perkins nails this feeling to a t, quite a rare thing to find in books nowadays.
She also made me fall in love with Paris all over again. Having lived there, I found myself drawing on past knowledge of streets and locations, checking that in fact she did know what she was talking about. And boy did she. Her description of Paris brings the city to life from the pages and makes you feel as though you are there with them, journeying through the different ‘rues’ and ‘arrondissements’.
The dynamic between the characters flows effortlessly, especially the relationship between Anna and St. Clair, making you root for them from the very start. I personally found myself berating them both at how ridiculous they were being in different situations, something I would do with my own friends, and for me that signifies well written characters.
The enthralling pacing, witty dialogue and refreshing characters, both main and supporting, will charm any reader. After all, who doesn’t want to meet their dream partner in the city of romance? A definite must read for all.