TOTALLY lives up to the hype.I knew this book was good when I was so engrossed that I almost missed my train stop last night.It started off a little bit slowly--but that's just because I am impatient with descriptions and things. A personal thing of mine, nothing wrong the author did. In fact, when I go to reread it, I know I'll be glad to read the descriptions of Paris. The beauty of this book is that it can be read quickly, then reread for savoring purposes.Lots of funny things, complicated and complex relationships. Nothing was easy or simple. I liked that. I did feel like Amanda the Villain was a bit cliched, but the author acknowledged it and kind of made fun of that. I can respect an author who pokes fun at herself and her works.I loved that the St. Clair/Etienne wasn't this one dimensional perfect boy. He had a temper. He was also super kind. He made dumb decisions. But he was loveable just the same. He was REAL and 3-dimensional without being a total jerk. Plus, he was British. Yum!Anna is the kind of girl I'd love to hang out with. She just seems super cool. And definitely not a Mary Sue.I was satisfied with the book. Contemporary, thick, and complex. :) I look forward to reading more from this author.