If you haven’t read this book yet, go buy it.
Right now, I’ll wait.
Okay, do you have it? Good, because this is the most feel-good concoction of summer perfection I’ve ever read. I actually read it 2 months ago, and I’m still sad that I will never again have that “My God, this is amazing!” feeling of a first-time read of Anna. I envy you for just settling down with it, meeting Anna and Etienne for the first time. My friend Julie gave me a copy for my birthday in February, she was wild about this book. When I finally sat down to read it, I was so smitten I stayed up all night to finish it. I literally went to bed at 7am on a Sunday morning because I was wide awake with it and couldn’t stop reading. I can’t remember the last time that happened.
Alright, let’s get down to brass tacks. Anna Oliphant is a major film geek living in Atlanta and getting ready for her senior year of high school. She has a great best friend, a possible boyfriend on the horizon, and life is good. Then her dad, a Nicholas Sparks-like writer, decides to ship her off to boarding school in Paris so she can become more cultured. Anna is miserable and terrified of all things French, until she the French love of all things cinema. And Etienne St. Clair, the boy of her dreams–who has a girlfriend. Will it work out for Anna and Etienne in the end? I’ll give you 2 guesses, but all the fun is getting there.
This book is so winsome. Honestly, it’s my new favorite YA title. And Stephanie Perkins is a former librarian! It doesn’t get better than this, so if you’re looking for the perfect beach read this summer get this one. It’s made of win.