Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published by: Dutton Juvenile
Genres: Young Adult, Teen Romance, Contemporary
In-Series/Stand Alone: In-Series, followed by two sequels: Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After
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 Lights, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
Anna and the French Kiss is so, so adorable. It immediately takes top rank in my list of favorite cute YA contemporary romance novels, and there’s no doubt I’ll go back and re-read it again someday. The characters are loveable and the setting as well as the light romance is exotic and exciting – everything you’d want in a short and sweet romance novel. This book just left me feeling light-hearted and happy.
In the beginning, we meet Anna, who is shipped off to the School of America in Paris by her dad (who reminded me a lot of Nicholas Sparks due to the fact that he’s an author and writes romance novels and tragedies) and when she arrives in the City of Lights, she’s immediately homesick. We then go on to meet a crew of characters that are not only witty and hilarious, but that you have an instant connection with. They drag Anna out of her misery to experience the city of Paris and all its wonders. Since I am a travel geek, this book only made me long to visit this beautiful city.
As the book progresses, Anna and one of her new friends, St. Clair, develop a beautiful friendship that could eventually lead to more, but not without some forks in the road.
I always have the tendency to fall in love with the male lead character in every romance novel, and let me just tell you – St. Clair was absolutely perfect and yummier than a croissant. (*fans self*) Anna is adorably awesome, and deeply flawed – the type of girl you’d understand instantly. Their story is full of enjoyable moments that really show you how beautiful it is to be young and falling in love. So, do I recommend it? YES. If you’re looking for a light read at the moment, go to your local bookstore/library and pick this one up! 😉
“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
“I wish friends held hands more often, like the children I see on the streets sometimes. I’m not sure why we have to grow up and get embarrassed about it.”
“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.”
“I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn’t have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.”
*DISCLAIMER* If you have not read this book yet, I’d really recommend not going through the comments section in case there’s a spoiler. You can always come back here later to discuss after you’ve read the book! (Or contact me if you want to talk about it beforehand)