Blurb from Goodreads:
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?
I buddy read this book with someone on Goodreads, so I know how much people love this. But for me, it just… Fell flat. It didn’t live up to the hype for me at all.
First, there’s Anna. Through the first part of the book, I thought “okay, yeah, she’s kinda cool. I could like her”. I was wrong
Anna was horrible. She made stupid decisions when it came to St Clair and Toph, she was mean to her friends, and she never discussed any of her problems. Stephanie Perkins tried to make a love triangle, but she failed. There was never any doubt that St Clair and Anna were meant for each other. If Anna had just stopped being stupid, and stopped trying to make a love triangle out of a relationship with Toph that barely existed, the book could have ended in the first chapter. And really, that would have been so much better.
St Clair was okay. I didn’t love him, even though I think I was meant to. So that disappointed me too. But he was cute at times, and I know I would love to be his best friend. The way he treated Ellie though, and the fact that he refused to talk about his problems too, made me certain I didn’t want to fall in love with him.
Toph and Dave just shouldn’t have even existed. I’m sorry, but Dave had no purpose. None. Toph should have been got rid of, or developed more. Perkins added too many love interests, to make a boring relationship interesting. It didn’t work. All it did was make me mad that I could clearly see how it would end, but they couldn’t.
Basically, this book could have not existed if they’d done one simple thing: communicated. St Clair talks to Ellie, Anna talks to Toph and Dave and Mer (she was the worst at this!), Bridge talks to Anna… And voilà. Problem solved, suffering over. Oh, if only
Have any of you read this book? Do you disagree with me? Or are you happy to have found someone who finally agrees with you? Let me know!