Author: Stephanie Perkins
Title: Anna and The French Kiss
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genres: Romance, Humor
Published: December 2010
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her attention. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking of word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken—and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
At first, I couldn’t get into this book. I don’t think it was the writing, I think it was just my mindset in the moment and, stupidly, I let that deter me from continuing to read it for just under a week.
Though today, I decided that it was taking way too long for me to get motivated to read the rest, so I just went for it. And I am so happy I did – it only took me a couple of hours to finish. I loved so many things about this novel – a dream boy, the realistic friendships, the drama, and, of course, Paris!
I’ve actually been to Paris, so I loved being able to picture some of the locations mentioned myself, and the descriptions seriously did them justice and portrayed the magical monuments as beautiful as they really are! Though, I didn’t visit them with a gorgeous, romantic boy like Anna did in this book.
I loved going through Anna’s school year with her, learning how to live the Parisian life and deal with the various relationships in her life. It’s a novel that addresses the struggles of friendships, families and boyfriends in your teenage years (which I am quite familiar with – the teenage part, not the boyfriends), but not in an overly-dramatic way. It’s realistic and heart-breaking, but fun too.
I have to talk about Etienne St. Clair – how couldn’t I with a name like that? American boy, living in France with an English accent and problems of his own. Everyone loves a hottie in despair, right? I am a total sucker for romance and St. Clair most definitely brings a lot of that to this book.
Usually, I am never one to laugh at jokes or awkwardness or other comic situations in books, but so many things in Anna made me genuinely chuckle, I just had to mention it quickly. So, if you’re looking for a romantic novel that will make you giggle, this could be a good choice!
I am so, so excited to read the two other novels in this series. I literally just ordered them from Waterstones – Lola and The Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I think they will be really fun to read as the characters do interlink between the novels. I can’t wait to read stories about the lives of some of the characters that Anna interacted with and see Anna from other character’s POV’s!
Star Rating: ★★★★☆