Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

January 8, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published December 2nd 2010 by Dutton
372 pages
$10.19 ( )

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 √Čtienne 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 Thoughts

I honestly can't tell you how much I love this book. Just read it. Read it right now.
I finished it in a matter of hours and reread it at school for days after I finished it, only to get it stolen from my friends who want to borrow it.

Let me begin by saying the heroine in our story is completely realistic and relatable. Her dad's the new "Nicholas Sparks" of the world who sends her to a high school in Paris for Americans where she meets her new friends and the perfect guy: √Čtienne St. Claire, a French American who has a dreamy British accent. He sounds great, right! But there's a hitch, he has a girlfriend.

Anna and St. Claire have fights and have  actually problems in their relationship that have nothing to do with mythical creatures trying to kill them. It's real. You watch the characters grow and see how they hand situations differently. It's really awesome.

Throughout the entire story you're reminded of high school an drama that occurs when there are relationship involves. We get to live through Anna and fall in love with St. Claire just as she does. At first, they're just friends. Then best friends. And then, finally, something more. It's really nice to see a YA romance that has a relationship that up from something that we've had the chance to read about, unlike other novels that just go straight into the relationship, deeming it all "love-at-first-sight".

It's heartfelt genius, witty fun, and a wonderfully quirky, yet amazingly touching, romance.

Cover/Title : Anna on the cover looks nothing like what she's described as in the book, but I still have to say it's really nice. The bench in front of the Eiffel Tower? How cute is that?!


Portugal said...

Reading this book was like taking a huge breath of fresh air. It was the perfect amount of everything (romance, angst, drama, friendship, family). This is one of those books that when you put it down you just want to sit and picture what happens after it ends. I have nothing bad to say about this book. You need to read it, it's that simple. It will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy with a smile on your face.

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