Jul 15, 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Review

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2nd 2010
Publisher: Dutton; 372 pages

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?

Anna and the French Kiss was an enjoyable read. I would have given this book 4.5 stars, if I could. This book is one of those that I can see turning into a popular chick-flick movie.

It's told by Anna's POV, and we're inside her head as she leaves Atlanta to attend School of America in Paris (SOAP) after her father (who is a best selling author) decided it would be good for her to be on the other side of the world. Anna is the kind of character, that most girls can relate too. Being inside Anna's head was mostly humorous, then at times, you wish you weren't inside her head. Anna knows what she wants, and she'll go through anything to get it.

While starting out in Paris, she befriends her neighbor, Meredith and her group of friends who consist of Rashmi, Josh and the wonderful St. Claire.

St. Claire is swoon worthy in a gentlemanly sort of way. He's sweet, adorable, funny and he has a british accent (I have something with that accent) that Anna just falls in love for.  Anna falls for St. Claire while he helps her with speaking French, but there's two problems, Meredith also has fallen for St. Claire and, St. Claire has a girlfriend (dun dun dunn).

Anna also left some people in Atlanta, her mother, her brother Sean, her best friend Bridgette and her soon-to-boyfriend Toph. Sean was an adorable little brother, I'd take him any day. The thing that happened between Bridgette and Toph wasn't surprising, to say the least, in the real world, that would've probably happened.

There was alot of drama in this book, I noticed. Alot of crying (from Anna) and cheesy lines (St. Claire). I think that's what put me off with giving this book 5 stars. At times I just wanted to throw something at Anna for crying so much, she just cried at the most unresonable times.

Other than that, this book was enjoyable, and did keep me entertained through-out. I enjoyed reading about a book that wasn't based in America, and Stephanie did a really good job with explaining and presenting this novel. The romance was awe-worthy and set at a resonable pace. The thoughts that were going through Anna's head were realistic. The ending was something I was satisfied to read.

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