Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: December 2010
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 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?
So I have been in a bit of a reading ‘lull’ lately. I’ve been sick for a few weeks and just havent felt like reading. But yesterday I decided to pick up Anna and the French Kiss and see if it could get me back on track. And boy oh boy did it ever! This was the PERFECT choice to cheer me up and get me reading again. I absolutely adored every minute of it and read it in less than a day.
Contemporary cute chick lit romance set in Paris. What more could a girl ask for. I was enthralled, mesmerized and completely sucked into this wonderful story.
There are so many amazing aspects to this book but one that stands out the most for me is the setting. Paris. Anna doesn’t want to spend her senior year in a Paris borading school but it doesn’t take her long to start falling in love with the city… and me along with her. Although I have been to Paris, it has been many years since then but I now feel a deep need to go back there. The way that the culture, people and places in Paris is woven into the storyline is pure genius, it really works and I felt like ‘Paris’ was just another character in the book!
The characters are superb! Each and every one of them. And more importantly, believable. There was no love at first sight here. Anna and Etienne’s relationship built up beautifully as the book went on and was not without its ups and downs and I just loved this. Anna is relatable and extremely likeable and Etienne (insert dreamy sigh here) is just.. wow. It was also interesting (for me) to realise how Americans view us Brits and this is highlighted a lot in this book. I was facinated. Whenever Anna pointed out one of Etienne’s ‘Briticisms’ I had a little chuckle to myself because I didn’t realise he said something different until she pointed it out.
Anna also provides for a LOT of funny internal dialogue. I found myself laughing out loud several times over her internal witty and sarcastic musings.
So with its wonderful characters, engaging storyline, beautiful setting and general ‘cuteness’ I think this is WELL deserved of five stars. I really can’t find fault, at all, with this book and recommend everyone to read it.