Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Speak on December 2nd, 2010
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Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more.
So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home.
Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
Absolutely adorable, Anna and the French Kiss was a grin-inducing, feel-good romance that managed to capture my heart with its authentic characters and its vibrant Parisian setting.
I fully believe that whether or not you will enjoy Anna and the French Kiss is completely dependent on how well you connect with Anna. Fortunately, I absolutely loved Anna’s sense of humour and her internal commentary to herself:
“You’ll be reading the breakfast menu without me before you know it.”
Hmm, maybe I don’t want to learn French.
Argh! Boys turn girls into such idiots.
She was constantly thinking the things I would normally think to myself, as I rolled my eyes over a character’s stereotypical speechlessness when presented with a handsome male specimen. Because Perkins chose to have Anna acknowledge how ridiculous she reacted to that kind of attention, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Anna and wish that she and I were best friends.
“And Anna, I’ve never met your father, but I guarantee you that you’re nothing like him.”
“How would you know?”
“Well, for one thing, he looks like a Ken doll. And you’re beautiful.”
I trip and fall down on the sidewalk.
Her self-awareness also made things like her clumsiness adorable, because it felt like it was coming from a genuine place, rather than like Perkins was trying to capitalize on a trend. I loved that Anna never forgot about her best friend at home, and that she missed her mom and her younger brother with ferociousness, despite finding new friends and transitioning relatively seamlessly into her new life. Her pangs of homesickness reminded me of my first year away from home while I attended University, where despite having the time of my life, I would sometimes be struck by the absence of everyone and everything I had ever known and loved. It allowed me to relate to Anna on a personal level, which I really appreciated. [Read more…]