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 is 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 Etienne 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?
AUTHOR: STEPHANIE PERKINS
Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books – first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina.
- I fell for the book design. A couple sitting on a bench with a blurred image of the Eiffel Tower on the background. Even the cover flap denotes romantic happiness with its curvy edges. (Well, according to my high school art teacher, curves symbolizes romance and all things female.) A number of positive blurbs featuring popular young adult authors are plastered at the back cover to further entice the reading public. One went as far as saying, “Very romantic. You should date this book. Which is just totally ridiculous. No one dates a book. I still fell for it and finished it in less than 24 hours.
- Anna is a film freak and I mean that in the best possible sense. She likes films. She appreciates different genres including the classics. She finds solace inside the darken halls of a movie theater. She maintains a film review blog. And she one day hopes to become a film reviewer. She seems familiar. Right. Anna the Film Freak is a lot like me.
- But Anna the Confused Friend/Best Mate/Girlfriend/Daughter is not like me. Hell no. This Anna is ANNOYING. It is so obvious she likes Etienne and all the mental-talking-to-herself-stuff while his with her is CRAPPY. Off-topic: no one does mental-talking-to-herself than ALLY McBEAL. You know am pissed when I start hurling all-caps after all-caps. On-topic: the relationship entanglement looks like this. GIRL 1 has a crush on BOY 1 for the longest time. She transfers to another school and meets BOY 2 and crushes on him. BOY 2 has a girlfriend but flirts with GIRL 1 nonetheless. GIRL 1 notices one of her new friends GIRL 2 also has a crush on BOY 2. Back home BOY 1 hooks up with best friend of GIRL 1. This kills GIRL 1. She gets drunk and had a fight with BOY 2 who goes back to her girl friend. This kills GIRL 1 again. To make up with BOY 2, the couple had an impromptu make-up/make-out session that GIRL 2 sees and all hell broke loose. You think this is too much: TRY MELROSE PLACE.
- James Ashley is definitely a dig on Nicholas Sparks! Or any generic author making profit romanticizing life-threatening diseases. I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book nor have I any plans to read one in the near future. I have never watched any screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks nor have I any intention to do so in this lifetime. I do own a DVD copy The Notebook but surprise surprise, I have never watched it – just to complete the Gosling Experience.
- I guess the point is when two people are in love and there are certain realities stopping them from consummating the feeling, e.g. he has a girlfriend, she has a boyfriend – courage is required to make things work. Be not afraid to rock the boat. Fight for the future. That sounds like a sucky political slogan. Anyway, the first half of the book is entertaining and Anna the Film Freak is delightful but the rest is just standard teen romance fare. But it is a good excuse to listen to Carla Bruni while flipping pages. Paris!