Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: December 2, 2010 by Dutton
Series: #1 (Anna and the French Kiss)
Length: 372 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)
“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?”
This book was just amazing! From the first page to the last, it had me flipping the pages like CRAY. It is written in 1st person point of view and Anna (our main character) is telling the story. She is sent to a boarding school in Paris by her parents and we get to follow her adventures there. First off, the writing style was perfect; everything flowed smoothly. Not once was I bored while reading Anna and the French Kiss.
Second, I really love how the supporting characters were given their own voice and had a big part in the story. They weren’t just “there”. Our main characters were super awesome. Anna and St. Clair (Etienne) were very believable and I freaking love them! They made choices that I bought and they were just oh so cute! I love how they could just exchange stories and could trust each other. I also appreciated the NON insta love. They started off as friends and slowly progressed into becoming lovers.
Third, what I loved most about this book is the setting. I FELT LIKE I WAS IN FREAKING PARIS!!! Stephanie Perkins did a wonderful job
describing showing us the beautiful places in Paris through Anna. I was mesmerized and in awe while Anna & St. Clair roamed around the different attractions in Paris. From the boarding school to the theaters, to Point Zero, Stephanie Perkins did an excellent job with the setting. I felt like Anna & St. Clair were my personal tour guides. I also love how I learned something from this book.
Overall I highly recommend Anna and the French Kiss. It was a fun, light read with witty and believable characters. Whether you’re a fan of YA contemporary or not, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.