December 27, 2010

Review - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Description 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?"

Wow, what a fantastic read! The setting was richly detailed, and I loved the plot (especially since once upon a time I studied abroad in Europe with a school full of American students and developed a huge crush on a classmate who had a girlfriend-true story!). The characters were well drawn and realistic. I identified with Anna because she reminded me a lot of myself. At times I became frustrated with how she acted, but I know I would have made the same mistakes she did! Angst, humor, romance - this book has it all. I love that Etienne and Anna's friendship was realistically developed before it blossomed into a romance. And while I've grown a bit tired of love triangles in YA novels, it didn't bother me in this novel at all since it was so well done. Etienne had me swooning when he gave Anna a book of Pablo Neruda poetry (Neruda is my favorite Spanish-language poet,  and I have even visited 3 of his homes in Chile). While Etienne was swoon-worthy, he wasn't perfect, but his flaws made him an even more realistic and lovable character. This is one of those books I just couldn't put down. I don't re-read books very often, but I'm sure I will revisit this one in the future. 

If you're looking for a smart, funny, and sweet romance, look no further than Anna and the French Kiss


Ava said...

Awesome review!! I have seen so many great reviews of this book around the blogosphere, I'm just dying to pick it up.

Jessica said...

I completely agree with you on all accounts! Reading this book made my need to go to France even more pressing :). Great review!

Jennie said...

I lurved this book so hard!

Erika said...

I'm dying to get my hands on a copy of this- it sounds adorable!

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