Title: Anna And The French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: December 2nd 2010 by Dutton
Source: Arc provided by Around The World Tours
Synopsis: Anna was 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. So she's 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
Thoughts: Anna and the French Kiss is too cute for words. I haven't loved a book this much since Perfect Chemistry. Don't let the title fool you. While there is romance (after all, Paris is the city of love), there's also relatable drama and great character developement. If given the opportunity, I would reread this book over and over again.
Anna is spending her senior year in Paris. To most 17 year olds, this is a dream come true, but for Anna? It's her worst nightmare. Not only were things finally working out for her borderline-friend-maybe-more crush, she was a senior. One last year to hang out with her bff, go to prom, the works. Now, being at School of America in Paris, with it's student population being 100 students total, none of this seems plausible. And to top it off, Anna took Spanish back home!
In the beginning, Anna feels alone and misses her friends and family. Then, she meets Meredith (her next door neighbor and soon to be friend). Meredith introduces Anna to her friends, one of which being Étienne St. Clair aka "St. Clair". Anna can't deny her attraction to St. Clair. He's gorgeous, funny and get this, British! From his adorable accent to his perfect hair, Anna wants nothing more than to fall in love with him in Paris. Sadly, St. Clair has a girlfriend. She graduated from the school last year, but attends university in Paris. Every time Anna looks out her window, she sees St. Clair running off to see his girlfriend. Maybe romance in Paris isn't in Anna's future. Or maybe it is.
One thing I love about this book is how Anna's relationship builds with St. Clair. They both have father issues and relate to one another. They start of as strangers, then friends, then best mates, then maaaaybe something more. And guess what?! You're there for every step of it. Whenever books have what I call "insta-love", it never feels real to me. And while this is a fictional novel, it still felt relatable. The feelings felt real, the romance, everything. I enjoyed every minute of it.
As far as swoon-worthy boys go, St. Clair is all that and more. Though his actions can be frustrating (making me want to slap him), you won't be able to resist his charm. Every time he teased Anna, I squeeed with joy. And how cute was the "Breakfast Scene?" Once you read it, you'll know what I mean. I loved every interaction, good and bad, they had together. In fact, I even contemplated taking a trip to France. Who knows? Maybe I'd find a St. Clair of my very own.
Another thing I loved about this book are the bits and pieces of french the author throws in. After finishing Anna and the French Kiss, I almost bought the French version of Rosetta Stone. Sadly, it's about $500. That's a little extravagant for a on the whim buy.
And though the book focuses more on Anna's romantic relationship, it also focuses on friendship. First, the fine line between friends and more. Then, the fine line between friends and enemies. As if boy drama isn't enough, there's even GIRL drama! Oh, the way boys complicate our lives.
I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but I'm sure you have better things to do than hear me rant. If you're looking for a fun, amazing, feel good read, I would highly recommend reading Anna and the French Kiss. In fact, if you're on my Chritmas list, expect to be getting this book. It's the whole package and more.