Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


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?


I don't even know where to begin when I talk about this book. Basically, I fell in love with it. It was awesome. Amazing. Fantastic. 

Perkins brings a main character who actually thinks like us teenage girls do. It was very easy to keep reading, because the voice was excellent. I couldn't put this book down at all. EVen the other characters were well described and thought out. Each one had their own trait that made them seem so real. These characters are easy to relate to and they act like us teenagers do. 

Now, the setting. Let me just say that I have never been to Paris. I have seen pictures, but never actually been there. When Perkins was describing popular tourist sites, I was thinking, "Wow, this is great. I feel like I'm actually in Anna's shoes seeing this." It's just written beautifully. 

Don't let the cutesy cover let you think that this isn't a serious book. Yes, it is a romance novel, but it is also so much more than that. Each character has a problem that they are going through. Some of them are huge problems, too: best friends betraying you, sick parents. There's some deep stuff in this novel. 

So, overall, Anna and the French Kiss is a great addition to any bookshelf. I fell in love with it from the first page. Anna is a character that is very easy to relate to, and the setting is gorgeous. Go buy this one... it's definitely worth it. 

Overall Rating: 5/5. 

1 comment:

Sara said...

Great review! Glad you liked the book, and glad that you are back in the blogging world! :)