Anna’s father decides that with his new money (he’s a writer, but nothing Anna is proud of) his daughter should add some culture to her education, so he sends her to an American boarding school in Paris for her senior year. Anna is forced to leave behind in Atlanta the boy she’s crushing on (Toph), her best friend (Bridgette), as well as her mom and seven-year-old “Star Wars”-obsessed brother.
Anna doesn’t speak French. She took Spanish in high school. Boarding school in a foreign country is definitely not how she wanted to spend her senior year. As soon as her parents leave her in her dorm, she starts crying and is overheard by her neighbor, Meredith, and introduced into Meredith’s group of friends, Josh and Rashmi (a couple), Ellie (who barely makes any physical appearances), and St. Clair (Ellie’s boyfriend whom Meredith is obviously crushing on, and, in Anna’s opinion, with good reason).
As the book goes on, Anna becomes better and better friends with St. Clair, but spends a lot of time talking herself out of falling for him since she has Toph (sort of) and since St. Clair has a serious girlfriend. Not to mention Meredith was her first friend in Paris, and Meredith is totally smitten with him — as are most of the girls at school. He’s charming, smart and gorgeous, all with an English accent.
There’s a love triangle that’s more of a square. There’s a love triangle that’s just a triangle. Anna’s life gets complicated, but she learns a little about herself and gets comfortable in her own skin and in Paris.
I enjoyed this book and fell a little bit in love with Anna and St. Clair myself. That being said, it’s a book written for teens that I probably wouldn’t want my kids to read when they are teens.
Rated: High. About half a dozen uses of the f-word and a dozen other mild swear words. There are a few instances of underage drinking (and drunkenness) as well as mildly descriptive talk of and allusion to sex throughout the book. While the main character is a virgin, she isn’t opposed to premarital sex, and there are other characters engaging in sexual activity throughout the book.