ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
As the title of the book suggests, this story has something French to it – the story is set in France, well most of it. There’s a small bit of it that takes place in America.
At first the main character and the narrator of the story Anna Oliphant seems like your average cribbing teenager, and why wouldn’t she be upset? Her father has decided that she should complete her senior year of high school at The School of America in Paris, which of course is in France. Most people would squeal with joy at this opportunity, after all it’s just for 9 months, not the rest if her life! But Anna is devastated, because she’ll have to leave behind her brother, her best friend and her could be boyfriend and she is absolutely positive that her last year of high school will be terrible.
Contrary to her predictions she makes friends soon enough, and realizes that France was not what it’s stereotypes suggested. The focal point of the story is Étienne St. Claire, who is an American with a British accent and a French name. O mon Deu! C’est magnifique! ce n’est pas? Doesn’t that already make him hot? Anna describes him as being extremely attractive, so much so that almost every girl that sets eyes on him falls in love. And then there are her other new friends – Meredith, Rashmi and Joshua.
The reason I didn’t absolutely love this book is that the characters seem a bit too perfect. St. Claire’s only physical flaw seems to be his height, and really being short doesn’t really strike me as being much of one. And there’s that other flaw where he keeps cheating on his girlfriend Ellen, but it’s made out to be alright. Maybe if the story was told from Ellen’s perspective, he’d really be portrayed as a jerk. I don’t understand Anna’s absolute hate towards her father. I just don’t. Maybe if she disliked him I would get it, but to hate him for just being an annoying dad is kind of pushing it.
I also wish there was more about France in the book, and more of the language. But I guess when you’re stuck in a school that’s American, you don’t really go all out French. Let’s face it, how many of us have gone to a new place but never bothered to explore? A lot.
The amazing thing about this book is that it leaves you feeling just wonderful, like you have this glow of happiness inside of you.
Overall rating – 4/5 stars.
What were your thoughts on the book? And did you absolutely fall in love with Étienne St. Claire?