Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Pub Date: December 2nd 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis: 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. She is less than thrilled about boarding school in Paris - until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, he has it all - including a serious girlfriend. Will Anna get her French kiss?
My Thoughts: Aaaaaahhh!!! This was the cutest book ever!!!!
It was exactly what I wanted to read right now and I finished it in one go. I loved every part of it!
Story: The story was amazing from finish to start. The romance was adorable and amazing! I felt more excited about the hand holding and the slight touches than about the kisses. I love romances that make me feel that way! The side stories were handled really well and it was a really enjoyable read.
Writing: I loved the writing! I loved how it made me feel like I was in Paris when I've never even been there. Stephanie Perkins writes brilliantly! Her characters, even the minor ones, felt real and her story had perfect pacing.
Characters: I loved all the characters! They were so real and flawed and relatable. I really liked Anna. In a lot of ways she was very much like me. I'm scared of breaking the rules and taking risks too. She was nice and funny and very human. The thing about her not being able to keep friends was exactly like me! It is very hard for me to keep friends because it's very hard for me to talk frankly with people. So yeah, I saw a lot of myself in Anna. Now if only I can find someone like Etienne ;)
Etienne, oh Etienne! He was gorgeous and so sweet! I love bad boys as much as the next girl but sometimes a nice sweet guy is exactly what you need to bring your mood up! I loved Etienne! He was nice, a great friend, and even though he was stuck in a tight spot I understood his decisions. It all made him very human. I could so imagine him being my friend.
I really liked all the minor characters. I don't have much to say about them though. Josh was very interesting and I would love to read more about him. Guess I'm in luck 'cause the third book in this series is about him! :D I really liked Rashmi, she was very real. I've met people like her, who seem rude but aren't really that bad once you get to know them. Meredith was sweet and I felt kinda sorry for her... But I liked her.
Overall: I really enjoyed this book. It was super adorable and I would recommend this to anyone who is in the mood of a cute, light read.
“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?”
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.”
“I wish friends held hands more often, like the children I see on the streets sometimes. I'm not sure why we have to grow up and get embarrassed about it.”
About The Author:
Hi, there! I'm Steph, and I wrote ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. I also edited (and contributed a short story to) a romantic holiday anthology called MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME. My next YA novel will be horror—a teen slasher published by Dutton.