Written by Stephanie Perkins
Published December, 2010 by Dutton
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Travel
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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. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?
WOW! I managed to read Anna & The French Kiss in one day and couldn’t be more pleased with what I found between the pages! Stephanie Perkins has really raised the bar for contemporary YA novels! A must read!
Anyone that has been following my blog from the ground up has known about my yearning to read Anna & The French Kiss for months. Everything about this tale grabbed me! I’ve been long obsessed with anything French, especially Parisian, so a contemporary YA novel was just what I needed and had been lusting for for years!
So with so much hype and rave reviews, did Anna live up to the amazing novel I’d been dreaming about? YES!
Although the story was very different from what I had initially expecting, I was not disappointed in the slightest! Anna was a great voice for the story and I was rooting for her from the word go. She was funny, witty and easy to relate to for all readers. I really admired how Stephanie made her a film-critic who ran her own website. That’s something that kept her from being like any other leading lady I’ve read recently!
Another thing I admired about the story was Stephanie’s ability to put into words the feeling of returning home after a long trip away. It’s not as peachy and welcoming as you expected it to be and you start to realize that you feel like an alien in your own house. Things you once accepted and enjoyed now pale in comparison to your new experiences and you start to almost ‘detest’ a place you once loved.
So, let’s talk about the boy – St. Claire. He has his flaws, but yes he absolutely swoon-worthy and I would defintely be one of the girls at SOAP who fell head over heels for him. He can change from completely endearing to being quite vulnerable and I think Stephanie wrote him in a way that made him very human. He wasn’t one of those unattainable fictional boys that you chide yourself about for thinking they could exist.
And the relationship with our main girl, Anna? Well it sure did build up over 300 pages! The romance wasn’t quickly rushed into, you felt the tension and their escalating feelings for one another. There were real problems and potholes on the way to a happy relationship and it was highly believable. There was the steady stream of teen drama, but what’s life without a bit of drama? It’s something we’ve all been through (or are going through) and to make this aspect of growing up invisible would be a step in the wrong direction.
Of course, the setting for this story adds a lot of depth and new material. Paris! The magic of the city isn’t lost within this book and that’s something I’m grateful for. The city is almost like a third main character, a breathtaking backdrop for an amazing story!
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone. I know there are a lot of other bloggers out there reading this book right now and I can’t say I could be more pleased. This book needs to be out there and loved and I might even go as far as saying this is one of my favourite books of the year!
And Stephanie, regarding your acknowledgement at the end, YES! The boy was hot enough! Never fear ;) Alternatively, If you want to read the interview I conduced with Stephanie a few weeks ago, be sure to read it here!
Recommended to: Anyone really; fans of Sarah Dessen and other contemp YA authors will be very satisfied.