Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins
Reading Level: Medium
Review: 5 / 5
Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for? (Goodreads)
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So, I read this book a few years ago (borrowing it from my local library), but then I bought the book (along with the other two in the series that I hadn’t read), and decided to marathon them… OH MY GOD I FORGOT HOW GOOD THIS BOOK IS!
Like, this is one of those books that make me happy to be alive, if that even makes sense? I stayed up until 1 am trying to finish the book because I couldn’t bring myself to put it down. Bearing in mind that this is a book that I am rereading, it is a testament to how SPECTACULAR this book is.
I fell in love with Paris after reading this book, and I am kind of looking at flights to go and visit. I know that the author has created this romanticized version of Paris, to fit a romantic book, but it was done so beautifully, that I don’t even care that I am being “brain-washed,” so to speak. And the art, guys! The buildings! The attractions to see! I just want to see everything described in the book. Basically, the writing is wonderful. Perkins has this way of throwing in “big-words” that don’t seem forced – they just kind of fit because the describe a situation so perfectly.
Also, Étienne… sigh. A British, funny, smart guy? Like, give me, give me, give me! I think it took me about two sentences to fall in love with him. St. Clair, I guess I should call him – Anna has exclusive rights to Étienne (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read the book) – is awesome. I also love that he is short? I mean, he is shorter than I am, and I usually find taller people more attractive, but something about him being short just… works? For some reason, I even LOVE that Anna is taller than him – is that weird?
Which brings me to Anna… she is also kind of awesome. Her passion for movies is inspiring, and I just love how she kind of just is? She is one of those people I don’t want to be, per say, but I want her to be my best friend so I can call her up whenever I feel like it? And I enjoyed reading about how her emotions were all over the place? She felt things that I have felt (lets be honest guys, most of us have gone through something like she has gone through), and the way she deals with it, and how her emotions are described, just make her approachable.
So… Stephanie Perkins! One of my favorite authors ever, like officially.
If you are having a bad day, and just need to read something to feel better, just stop what you are doing and get it already – especially the new editions! Oh my God, they are so pretty.
Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful night (it’s, like, midnight where I am), and that you get a lot of reading done!