Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Monday, April 16, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Romance)
Publisher: Penguin
Series: Standalone
Source: Library

Anna and the French Kiss
Anna's father, the famous sappy romance writer, is forcing her to attend boarding school in Paris and, simply put, she is not happy about it. Not only is she leaving behind her mom and brother, but an awesome best friend and a possible-maybe boy friend, too. Plus, elle ne parle pas le francais. Still, things seem a little better when she meets  √Čtienne St. Clair, the gorgeous French-English-American boy with the adorable British accent. If only he didn't have a girl friend, and if only Anna's new friend Mer didn't like him, as well.... Sacre bleu!

You were all right about this book. I admit it a million times over. Anna is possibly the sweetest book I have ever read, and its witty and emotional and FUN, too. Seriously, I love this book!

Anna is a fantastic protagonist and she is so easy to relate to. I connected with her so many times throughout the story and with her friends, as well. Mer, Josh, Rashmi, Bridge... They're great, funny, and real. The other not-so-likable characters did a very good job of being unlikable without being over the top. I can't get over how important this is, especially in realistic fiction, and Perkins nailed it.

And then there's √Čtienne St. Clair. Even if he didn't have a British accent, he'd still be swoon-worthy. He's not perfect, but he's exactly the kind of boy every girl should want to date. He's kind, confident, witty, and yes, gorgeous. Sigh. Even his idiosyncrasies are adorable and his banter with Anna was so amusing to read!

One last note about this book: I need to go to Paris. Pronto. I've always wanted to go (J'adore tous les choses francais!), but now I'm dying to. The way Perkins describes everything and the whole feel of the book will make a Francophile out of anyone.

*5 stars*
If You Liked These, You'll Like This: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, When it Happens by Susane Colasanti
Have you ever been to France?

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