Publication Date: December 2, 2010 by Dutton
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Format: Trade Paperback
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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
The Actual Review:
I started reading Anna and the French Kiss because of the book signing event that’s going to be held by National Bookstore. And so here I am, endeavoring to finish reading the two books she’s already written, not to mention write a coherent review, all before Sunday. Did I mention I need to make a bicorne hat in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte for the book signing?
I’ve been seeing Anna and the French Kiss in my local bookstores for a while now, and since I’m usually avoiding YA Contemporaries, I never bothered to pick it up. I thought it was one of those groan inducing, overly sappy love stories, where a cliché guy meets a cliché girl, starts a budding romance, and before they know it they’re in love!
Well yes and no.
During the first few pages, I found Anna Oliphant a little whiny; she was going on and on how she didn’t want to study in France. Thankfully that only persisted in the first chapter, and did not continue throughout the book. I also found her character to be dynamic, you’d realize at the end of the book that she’s no longer the same Anna as we’ve met before.
Another character that I can’t help but love was Etienne St. Clair. He’s incredibly sweet to Anna throughout the book and although he may seem to be this drop dead gorgeous guy that almost every girl in their school fall head-over-heels for and lives a perfect life, but he’s actually not and we get to see this vulnerable side to him.
The characters may seem to be a bit cliché, but THE BOOK IS IN NO WAY GROAN INDUCING! The book immediately swept me off my feet at the second chapter, and from there everything was an up and down rollercoaster of FEELS. The characters were dynamic, the romance was insanely fluffy, the humor will leave you laughing for hours, and not to mention the fact that the book will leave you in a catatonic state of fannboying for a minimum of 3 days.
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