Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins

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.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers- have long awaited?
Original Language: English
Publisher: Dutton
Country: USA
Publication Date: December 2010
ISBN: 0525423273
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.
Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the cover: It has everything it needs! The romantic Parisian background (it's most iconic building) and a couple sitting together and leaning forward eagerly, but always keeping that distance between them.


1 comment:

  1. The relationships between Anna and √Čtienne, between √Čtienne and Josh, between Anna and Meredith (I could go on, but I'll stop) all evolve throughout the book. Perkins' witty humor comes out on every page and the dialogue is sharp and quick. The book is cute, I can't lie about that, but it's not 'ooey-gooey, poke-out-your-eyeballs' cute. This is `melt into a puddle, I-want-to-live-in-you-forever,' kind of cute. It's a love story that doesn't just focus on the love. There's tension between Anna and √Čtienne - and it's some yummy tension - but they start as friends and build from there. Not only that, but the two of them have issues outside of their little `I like you, do you like me?' bubble.


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