Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Released: December 2, 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?
I've only heard people raving about how good Anna is, and I was in the mood for something lighter so I picked this one up. Stephanie Perkins definitely doesn't disappoint with Anna and the French Kiss! If I had only read the description, I never would have been interested in it but it really is fantastic.
Perkins' writing is humorous and lively, and easily captures her reader's attention. The whole story flows so well together, and it reads almost as if you were reading Anna's journal with her rambling thoughts. Normally, I find that this writing would detract from the story but with Anna it just added so much character and flavour!
The development of both characters and relationships is wonderful; you can really feel it building and everything progresses so naturally. There's nothing forced about it.
This is a lovely, sweet read that will really make you ache with nostalgia for those giddy crush feelings. Who hasn't felt this way as a teenager? And here we get to relive all of that with Anna and St. Clair, particularly after she realizes she's in love with them.
Most importantly, Perkins demonstrates wonderfully powerful emotions in her novel, whether it's through the absolute confusion between St. Clair and Anna as they try to sort out their feelings, or the strength and intensity of friendship and the role of forgiveness in relationships.
Anna and the French Kiss is a sweet, beautiful coming of age story that will stick with you and make it hard to forget. It is such a fun, light read and one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time.
A big THANK YOU to Ashley from Book Labyrinth who bought this for me as an August RAK gift! I loved it so much :)