I finished this more than a week ago, but I still can’t quite get it out of my system.
What I liked most about this book was it’s depth. The plot was the usual new-girl-in-school-who-is-befriended-by-a-cute-guy-who-already-has-a-girlfriend drama, but it was the characters who made the book what it is.
At first, I hated Anna and I hated Etienne St.Clair. Anna is just the kind of girl I would envy. She’s pretty, and she fit right into a brand new school in an entirely different country. Not just that, she captured the attention of the cutest boy there within the very first week. But then, as the book progresses, we’re exposed to their faults. Etienne, a seemingly perfect guy (and with a British accent!) turned out to have his own issues, making him seem more real.
Anna also blunders along her way, is indecisive and naive. The thing I liked most about her was her love for old films. I also love her surname - “Oliphant”!
Towards the end, I began to fall in love with the characters because of their faults. Paris is an amazing setting for a story such as this. It was vividly described, peppered with enhancements to my limited French vocabulary. But at least I now know that “S’il vous plait” means “please”, “Merci” means “thank you” and “Ca va” means “Okay” (Right, A? ;) )