Overall Impression: ****
Who/What decided me: The Allure of books convinced me. I'll be honest, the title didn't really make me want to read this, but Allison helped me see past that.
Short synopsis (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. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?
My Review: One word comes to mind when I think of this book now....tension! Ok, maybe two, the second would be ADORABLE. I really, truly liked it how Anna and St. Clair built up a friendship first. Personally, I find it so unbelievable and ridiculous when characters are just immediately attracted to each other and there isn't really any foundation for them spending time together, except just to make out. This book was not like that at all. Sure, there was some kissing, but it was cute kissing. But mainly there was a lot of tension as you could tell that Anna really liked St. Clair, and that he liked her, but how and when was it going to happen!?!
I also really liked how both characters progressed throughout the book. They were normal flawed people, but each helped to make the other a better person. A little sappy, but really, Stephanie Perkins did a great job! I can't wait to read more of her stuff. Also, you should check out her blog, she seems like a really cool person, and the fact that she loves reading just as much as writing makes her all the cooler!