Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: December 2nd 2010
Purchase: Book Depository | Amazon
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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
I remember starting to read this book in a store and then immediately closing it because I was smiling and blushing like a fool earning weird looks from people. This was how happy the prologue alone made me feel. Anna and the French Kiss was a lighthearted, sugary sweet book to curl up in bed with and lose yourself in Paris, love and movies, I absolutely adored it.
This wasn’t a plot heavy book, it was predictable, romantic, and adorable. Stephanie Perkins knows how to write contemporary, she takes the average and makes it extraordinary. It’s the little things she wrote about, the small gestures and shy touches, the feeling of being around someone you like, the way you notice every detail about that person, it’s like falling in love again though I’ve never been in love but I felt like Anna did. Her writing was realistic and warm and inviting.
I fell in love with Anna’s voice, she was funny, flawed and very relatable. I liked seeing Paris though her eyes, her love for film and the adventures she experienced with Étienne and her friends in Paris. I didn’t love Étienne like I thought I would have, he was gorgeous, sweet and I adored his love for history but I also thought he was a jerk. His inability to make clear choices quickly made me feel uncomfortable and frustrated.
I liked that their relationship was slow and I enjoyed the development of Anna and Étienne’s friendship throughout the book. They made me smile and feel happy and they were just feel good characters. Plus the setting in Paris was beautiful, rich and delicious.
If you want something enjoyable, light and fun, this is the book for you. It was so addictive and easy to breeze through, it definitely was a satisfying read. There was some drama and both characters had issues they needed to work through but what’s a fictional romance without some bumps along the way?