Normally, I am not too big a fan of standalone novels (and though Anna has companion novels, I still consider it a standalone). The reason – they end. This book wasn’t like that. Would I read another one if it focused on Anna & St. Clair? Of course! But this one was more about the leading up to the happily ever after, not so much about the romance, itself. And that was a nice change.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They were real, believable, and interesting. Not flat, two-dimensional characters. A lot of the time, however, they seemed a lot older than high school seniors. Maybe because the story is set in a French boarding school where alcohol is legal and they are pretty much on their own. But it didn’t take anything away from the story.
I only have one negative for this story . . . I would have liked to see any of the supporting characters (Josh, Rashmi or Meredith – doesn’t even have to be all of them) developed a bit more. The author gives us a bit to work with but the story revolves around Anna & St. Clair so much (yes, I realize it’s a love story) that when one of the others steps in for a bit, they felt a little flat to me.
One big thing I loved about Anna was that she wants to be a film critic. She’s always going to see movies and writing reviews on her website. My first career choice when I was a child was journalist (although there are parts of it I can’t handle – mainly, reporting on bad events that happen to people and treating it like just another story) and book reviewing / blogging definitely satisfies that urge for me. It was something that allowed me to connect with her and made me really enjoy the book, as well as her personality.
This is one book that should definitely be read, as well as listened to. I already have it waiting on Audible so I can hear the narrator’s take on Etienne St. Clair *fans self dramatically*. He absolutely makes it onto my Hottest Book Boyfriends list! It must be the English accent 🙂 Definitely a book I recommend! And if you’ve already listened to it on audio, I would love to hear what you thought in the comments below!
Bonne lecture! Happy reading!