Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
Bud this book was adorable. It made me so happy and it was so incredibly cute. I’m grinning now just thinking about it. I don’t think I can remember being this happy for book characters ever. I am just. so. happy. Like fam. I don’t think you understand. It was just too cute. Also I read it super quickly, like basically in one evening. So if that doesn’t tell you how good it was then I don’t know what how to.
Sure there were many uncomfortable bits, but honestly I kind of expect that from the YA genre. And let me tell you I got Second-hand Embarrassment so freaking often. Like daaaaaamn soooon. So often. And to begin with I thought that Teen/YA Romance just wasn’t for me. I thought I had become a mature thing who would only read Adult Romance. How wrong could I have been? I too am a teenager in love with falling in love. It was just so damn cute and happy and apparently I don’t know any other adjectives. Haha woops. This book has turned me into a love sick fool and I wasn’t even one of the people involved!
Paris is such a beautiful city and I really thank Perkins for setting it there. I got to relive my love for the Shakespeare and Company book shop which is so awesome! Too awesome really. I really love how Anna went on adventures throughout the city and discovered it for herself even if she did need Etienne to nudge her to it. I think one of my favourite scenes is when they are sat on a bench at the top of the Notre-Dame because for me it symbolises how far someone will go for love, not only encouraging the other person but also themselves into doing things they hadn’t thought they could do before. I just love it so much.
I really love how we see Anna overcome her fear of loneliness and actually learn how to communicate with others instead of shutting them out when something goes wrong. It’s definitely encouraged me to start talking to people more about the issues I am having. I’m not saying that I am gonna do it because I never follow through with anything. Honestly. Be surprised I have been this consistent with this blog. Seriously. Normally I would have stopped by now haha. I’d be funny if it weren’t true *sigh* Anyway, back to the book which is seriously good fam. Seriously. Seriously seriously. All of the seriousness. Every single bit of it. Anyway I digress.
This book has so many great messages in it, but I would definitely say that it can be read as a plain old love story that will definitely enchant your hearts.Not that it is plain or old in anyway. It was just so sweet and definitely everything I needed at this moment in time. This was definitely a case of right book right time and I can definitely that it is going to be the same with all of Perkins books. I cannot wait to read them. There was just so much potential in this book that I can’t wait to see what happens in the next two books. Also I really hope that I am right in thinking that the Isla from this book is the Isla in Isla and the Happily Ever After and my god do I hope it is with Josh because those two would be hella cute together. Are you kidding? Like yaas son, getit. I mean I recognise that he only just broke up with his girl but even so, I still ship it.
This book is great because it shows someone overcoming their fears and becoming the person that they want to be and getting a pretty bomb ass relationship out of it. I mean, bruh, Etienne is hella rad and 10/10 would flirt with that ass. Or should I say arse? Probably. This actually leads me onto something that I found kinda annoying. Anna finding Etienne’s accent adorable/weird. If this is legit how all Americans view us Brits then lord save them when I move there. The fact that he said ‘pants’ (I think, don’t hold me to this) and she found it too damn cute? It’s kinda unrealistic. Saying ‘pants’ in exasperation is not cute, it’s a way of life okay? Sorry I think that my anger over accent shaming just came out a bit, I apologise and I swear that I am not bitter. She says bitterly.
I think that I have already said this but there were a heck of a lot of really uncomfortable moments that just made me cringe super hard and actually physically shudder. I even had to put the book down and work through the cringe for a few minutes. I mean fam, I expect this from Teen/YA Romance but bruh normally it’s only like once or twice not the three or four times it happened here. I’m in no way holding it against the book, I just wanted you to know that it’s kinda teenagery at points. Y’know, just in case you aren’t into that. Which I am only slightly.I’m enough of a teenager without a books help. I feel like those moments are like riding a hella extreme rollercoaster and while you think that you are going to be able to deal with the speed and the height fine, you’re actually not able to deal with it the best but you do still manage. That’s a weird metaphor (analogy? I have no idea, please don’t blame me okay? Cheers, thanks fam) and it was also kinda long winded so I am sorry about that.
Overall I would give this book a 5/5 because it is hella cute and the writing is really good and everything about this book is just uuuuuuugh, I want more please. It was just too darn cute for words and if this is what you are into you should go read it immediately. Like right now. What are you even doing here?
Have fun and read great books,