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?
Why it’s my type: Paris!, boarding school, foxy British accent, new friends, hot chocolate, first love, humor, Smart characters, cute-iful (beautiful and cute) cover. One of the greatest things about this book is that the characters are flawed. So much so that at some points they downright annoyed me. It took me an hour or so to realize this was a great thing: This means they seem real. And so I had realistic expectations for them, that they sometimes did not always live up to. But again, this is a good thing essentially. It basically means I’m jealous of how real Perkins has made them :).
Memorable bit(s): “The grapes are smaller than I’m used to, and the skin is slightly textured. Is that dirt? I dip my napkin in water and dab at the tiny purple globes. It helps but they’re still sort of rough. Hmm. St. Clair and Meredith stop talking. I glance up to find them staring at me in matching bemusement. “What?”
“Nothing,” he says. “Continue your grape bath.”
Perkins uses humor, while simultaneously not deterring from the seriousness of certain plot subject areas.
Recommendation: Check this one out if you enjoy lovely escapism, delicious things, and kissing of course. You won’t be disappointed.
Publish date: December 2nd 2010 by Dutton.