Monday, February 20, 2012

Reading Refelction: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins
Published December 2, 2010
P. 372
Rating: 4/5 

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 Etienne St. Clair: 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?

What a sweet and endearing book!  I loved this story, it was so cute at all turns that I couldn't help the "awwws" escaping my mouth every so many chapter. 

I've said before that I generally read YA and paranormal stuff, an occasional mystery, but I've been branching out of these genres.  I joined the Completely Contempt Challenge and I picked this book because it was on the top of the list.  I see why... so friggen' cute!

Anna is in her senior year, but her parents force her to attend a boarding school in Paris.  She has to leave her school, her best friend, and a possible almost romance.  She's distraught.  She's in a new school, with no friends, in a city where she doesn't speak the language.  A horrible situation

Luckily she meets a group of people the very first day, facilitating the transition.  Among them is charming St. Clair - a French-American raised in London.  Anna and St. Clair build a relationship from the very beginning, their friendship is fun and natural.  Sparks fly between them, but there are other factors holding each of them back.  One, Meredith, the first person Anna met in Paris has an obvious crush on St. Clair.  Two, Anna has a potential romance brewing at home with Christopher.  Three, St. Clair has a girlfriend.

The whole novel is about obvious attraction, misunderstood and misinterpreted, all the while a real friendship forming.  You want them to figure it out, but worry if they'll destroy their friendship.  Overall, this is a great book -- fun and endearing from beginning to end. 

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