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 Etienne St. Clair: 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 Ana might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.Original Language: English
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers- have long awaited?
Publication Date: December 2010
Page Count: 384
It's been a long time since I read a young adult romance. I've spent this semester reading dusty classics about dark heroes, short stories written by Australian immigrants and struggling through my media law text. So picking up Anna and the French Kiss gave me the opportunity to relax with some light, fun and irresistibly sweet reading.
Despite beginning with a whiny rant about being sent to boarding school in Paris (jealous much?), Anna becomes like a best friend. We see her excitement, her fears, her desires and her passion for movies, boys and everything Paris. She has her (repetitive) moments of teenage sullenness and stupidity, but who doesn't? I'd rather see a flawed Anna than a perfect one - it makes her easier to relate to. I love her anti-germ warfare (I can relate) and her determination to fight her feelings for St. Clair.
Speaking of which...he is funny, good looking, sweet and incredibly stupid. I agonised over his ridiculous dedication to Ellie, and his complete ignorance of Meredith, not to mention the way he keeps coming back for more Anna when we all know he shouldn't (but definitely want him to).
Perkins creates a very romantic image of Paris - from the Opera singer outside Anna's room each night, to the point zero star. It doesn't feature as heavily as I would like, but it makes a very romantic backdrop for a heart winning relationship.
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