Book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Date Published: December 2nd, 2010
Date Started: September 14th, 2014
Date Finished: September 15th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Lola and the Boy Next Door, 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 Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
Oh France. Who doesn’t love a good romance in the heart of Paris? Well, actually, I think there might be a few of you out there because it might seem cliche. I thought this book was going to be cliche to the max, but turns out, it wasn’t. I was actually surprised.
As you can assume, this story is about a girl named Anna who is forced to live in Paris to finish off her last year of high school. The problem is, her life back in Atlanta was perfect. She had her best friend, and her crush Toph was starting to like her back. But alas, she has to live out the year in Paris. She meets new friends, and quickly becomes friends with Etienne St. Clair. But they could be something more, but Anna has Toph back in Atlanta, and St. Clair has his girlfriend. The question is: Will Anna and St. Clair be able to be together, or will their past lives hold them back?
This book was messy, and I loved it. I was expecting this love story where two people just drop everything and just decide to be together. But it was so complicated and being together didn’t come that easy. St. Clair had his girlfriend with whom hes been with forever, and things can’t be severed that easily. Anna had Toph back at home, but they were just starting to be an item but not really. And then theres Anna’s friend and next door neighbor who has a crush on St. Clair as well. This book is full of flirting, missed chances, missed conversations, misunderstandings, and more misunderstandings. Don’t expect an easy romance, expect something where people make stupid mistakes left and right, which tends to happen with complicated relationships sometimes.
And then St. Clair. He’s not your typical book boy where hes tall, dark, and handsome. Okay, hes handsome, but hes short. I think his personality is what sells in this book. He makes so many mistakes when it comes to Anna because he doesn’t know what he should do, whether to just be a really good friend or to be something more. St. Clair and Anna are always walking on this line, where one wrong move could push them into a direction that could have bad consequences. But as Anna realizes, you can’t help who you love.
This book is full of cliches. Like the father that does nothing but screw everything up, the mother that does everything she can, the mean girl who is really mean and spreads rumors about you, but is your best friend when it comes to girl scout cookies (that was a weird one), the cocky boy who tries to ruin your reputation, all the american traveling stereotypes, and the list goes on and on. A few of these cliches seemed to be unresolved, but I guess they weren’t that important in comparison to the grand story. Also, I felt like Anna’s father was Nicholas Sparks with a different name.
One issue I had with this book was Anna’s attitude at times. Her parents were divorced, but her father paid for everything and Anna had a problem with this. But she keeps asking for a raise in her allowance, and he keeps saying no. So I kind of questioned what she wanted from her father. And then she would complain about not having enough money, but she is studying in Paris. I applauded Anna for her willingness to make things work in different situations, like learning how to speak french and trying to enjoy the city. But her attitude towards Paris, towards St. Clair, her friends, sometimes just was unnerving. But I guess thats the beauty of this book. Its more of a realistic romance in a city of romance. Things are messy. Including human emotions and relationships.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I needed some contemporary romances in my life, and I feel like I had a good fill lately. I recommend this book to you if you’re interested in Paris, traveling, romance, boarding schools, and artsy boys.
There are two other books in this series, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. Both are currently out!