Goodreads Summary: 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?
I didn’t go into this book with high expectations, and I have to say that the first 50 or so pages really didn’t do much for me. I wanted to put it down because I couldn’t deal with Anna’s whining and the predictability of her relationship with Etienne. I thought it was going to be a gushy, 2D romance that I wouldn’t give a damn about.
However, I trudged on and as Etienne’s character was explored, I began to like him. Stephanie Perkins proved my initial thoughts wrong and created a flawed, rounded character that soon became my favourite in the book. I couldn’t really bring myself to like Anna but she was okay.
The cheating bothered me in this book and I wish that Ellie’s character was developed a little more, and even Amanda’s. To me, she just seemed like the stereotypical bitchy girl who exists to make Etienne and Anna’s lives difficult. But, I do understand that it might bulk out the book and slow down the pace so I know why that isn’t present.
Overall, it was an easy, light read that others might enjoy more than me. I don’t think it was my kind of book but I still might read the other two.