by Stephanie Perkins
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 4th 2011 by Speak
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Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's not too pleased when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new friends, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, 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 is one of the most recognize authors in young adult contemporary at the moment. Her three most popular books have been raved about and praised for being the cutest and most romantic book. And the hype surrounding these books in the book community is no joke. So naturally as I picked this book up, I had really big expectations and I’m sad to say that I was disappointed.
This book tells the story of a fairly unique female character, Anna Oliphant, as she enrolls in a boarding school in Paris and her journey through adapting to a new place and meeting new people. I liked Anna. To me she felt realistic in her decisions and her reaction to certain situations. She was unique and funny which only made her, more likable and relatable for me. I did like that in a sense she did grow more confident and comfortable through the book. I had some problems at the beginning of the book because she felt like a little brat but as I kept on reading I got over it, a little. But Anna is not the only character that relatable and realistic. This book is filled of main and secondary characters that are literally people that you can encounter everyday. That being said I wasn’t wowed by the romantic interest of this book. Étienne St. Clair was honestly for me a really bad MC. Like this guy is moody, indecisive and borderline frustrating. I personally didn’t see the big deal about this guy and I found the romance to be frustrating as well, but I will explain this in a little bit.
The characters and the setting made the story for me enjoyable at times but a warning to all you that like me have a limited tolerance for drama. This book is FULL of DRAMA. Sometimes pointless drama, sometimes good drama and other times boring drama. So if you don’t mind the drama this book is for you. I personally had trouble getting into the story because I couldn’t feel anything towards most of the drama in this book or the romance. The romance for me was just not swoon worthy. I found it slow developing and at times very boring. For me St. Clair is was not a good romantic interest and the fact that this book has a love triangle made it cringe worthy for me. I found the love triangle completely and utterly stupid. You have this “”amazing”” guy tied down by this foolish idea of loyalty or something like that. Uggggghhhh, completely an utterly frustrating. Not a fan of this romance story.
Overall this book was not for me. I don’t think it was memorable or swoon worthy. I can understand in part why people love it so much but unfortunately for me that was not the case. I still want to continue on with Lola and the Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily Ever After.
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