Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 365 Pages
Publisher: Dutton, December 2, 2010
Anna is sent off to Paris to experience life outside of Atlanta. She knows not one soul in Paris and hates that she's been sent off away from her best friend and her brother.
I did not like this book. I found it too cliched and plodding to be remotely interesting. Anna was underdeveloped and her relationship with Etienne St. John seemed forced. I particularly did not like the reason why she was sent off to Paris, it seemed ridiculous. Every scenario seemed contrived. Anna falling for Etienne. Her neighbor who had a crush on Etienne (can't remember her name. Etienne finding out that his mom has cancer and his father refusing to allow him to leave school to visit her.
Nothing seemed plausible. Now I'm willing to suspend belief for some things, but not for an 18 yo who is controlled by his father. At 18 you are an adult, particularly in Paris.
I could tick off every thing I disliked about this book, but I'd be here all night. I know that many people have included this on their best of 2010 list.
Obviously, this book just didn't grab me as it did those readers.
There have been other stories similar that have been done better.