Monday, 25 April 2011

Book Review - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: 2nd December 2010 (US)
Genre: Young Adult


Summary (Goodreads):


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: 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?


 The story didn’t completely take my breath away, but there’s something about Stephanie Perkins writing that gets you hooked and devour the book in virtually one sitting. It didn’t hurt that it was a nice, normal, no supernatural things going, teen romance.

 I wasn’t completely endeared to Anna when I first met her because she was having a big sulk about missing out on her planned senior year, missing her BFF and missing a potential hot BF relationship. That, however, is down to my personal reason of wanting to go to a boarding school growing up and my parents wouldn’t send me! And this was before Harry Potter made it trendy. But Anna regained my favour when she acknowledged what an amazing opportunity she’d be getting.

 Considering Stephanie had only spent a month in Paris, she does a fantastic job of describing the city and the places Anna visits with her new friends. I was there with Anna, visiting all these places, experiencing everything Anna was experiencing. And the characters were well rounded and flawed that you could believe them to be real people.

 As I said, the story didn’t wow me, it was the writing and Anna’s growing friendship with St. Clair. The intensity, the chemistry, the underlying need…now that blew me away! It drips off the page and smacks you around a bit to make you pay attention. I didn’t love St. Clair the way a lot of people did, but I did love the interactions he had with Anna.

 I highly recommend this if you like reading books in one sitting and being dragged into the world for a few hours!

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