Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton
Publishing Date: December 2nd, 2010
Genre: YA/Romance
Pages: 372 pgs
ISBN: 9780525423270

My Rating: 4 stars

Summary from 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 √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 Review:
Well, I feel like I waiting forever before reading this book. Everyone was raving about it but I was a little hesitant because it was YA and a little bit of romance. I thought that maybe it might be a bit cheesy if I'm being honest. Well, was I ever wrong. I loved this book; it was quite cute and refreshing. I liked that it was set in Paris but it was mostly about Americans in Paris. I am a French teacher so it was easy for me to pick up on all the French that was being used which I liked. I could relate to Anna because I moved cities and schools halfway through my grade 12 year. In Ontario at the time we had OAC which was a grade 13 so I had a year and half left of high school when I moved. I have to say that it was daunting and I missed my friends a lot but it was the best decision of my life. It helped me to grow up and I am still friends with all my friends from that high school. I am actually getting married to someone I met at that new high school. When I was reading I could relate to Anna and I felt like I was reliving all those emotions again. I'm not going to lie though I wasn't immediately awed by Etienne St. Clair and I quickly became frustrated with him. I wanted to yell at him: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? PICK ONE GIRL AND STOP LEADING THEM BOTH ON!". I don't really blame Anna for being so confused about what was going on. I am glad that they got their act together by the end of the novel (was there really any ever doubt?). Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I adore Anna and the French Kiss, and I'm glad so many other people like it, too.