Book Review: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

anna and the french kiss coverAuthor: Stephanie Perkins

Number of Pages: 372

Publisher: Dutton

Release Date: December 2, 2010

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?

– Goodreads.com

It seems as though people have been telling me to read this book for ages, so I finally decided to buckle down and read it. This is definitely one of the best romance novels I have read!

Let’s talk about St. Clair for a second, okay? I mean, could there be a more perfect boy? Foreign but still familiar, extremely attractive but not vain, confident but not cocky, compassionate but not too sensitive- honestly, what more can a girl want? AND HE HAS A BRITISH ACCENT! I kept thinking: Why isn’t his boy real? Seriously? I mean, St. Clair is definitely up there with Augustus Waters as far as guys in books go.

There were so many dips, turns, and plot twists in this novel that I honestly had no idea how everything was going to end up. Would St. Clair stay with Ellie? Would Anna end up reuniting with Toph? Would Josh and Rashmi last until the end of the year? Needless to say, there were a lot of questions racing through my head as I read this book. It was strangely suspenseful for a contemporary YA romance novel, but in a good way. It kept the story from dragging on or getting slow and boring. The ending was fantastic- there weren’t many loose ends just hanging there awkwardly, and all of the little details finally made sense. I liked how Anna and St. Clair’s relationship had plenty of ups and downs. It wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns, which made it more realistic. I thought that the entire plot was executed very well.

This is the first novel I have read by Stephanie Perkins, and I really liked her writing style. It was fun and engaging and entertaining and just really good in general. Her characters had a lot of depth to them, and the relationships were realistic yet also satisfyingly unreal. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Anna and the French Kiss, and I don’t have any complaints.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Absolutely!!!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

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