Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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 √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne 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?

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Source: Bought
Format: paperback
Series: Yes
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Anna and the French Kiss is a book unlike any I’ve ever read before. Yes it is a young adult romance, but it is so well written that it must exceed the expectations of anyone who reads this genre. Anna is forced to attend a Parisian boarding school by her father, an author of best-selling cheesy love stories somewhere along the lines of Nicholas Sparks. While this would be a dream come true for a lot of teenagers, Anna does not want to leave home and her friends to move to a country where she does not speak the language. When she arrives she is immediately befriended by Meredith who is also a student at the school. Meredith introduces Anna to her friends Rashmi, Josh and of course St Clair. And so begins Anna’s Parisian adventure.

I loved the characters in this story so much! All of them were so well fleshed out especially, of course, Anna and St. Clair. Anna’s character development was so well shown, with her growing from a teenager who hates Paris to a mature woman who understands and forgives her friends, and herself, their faults. She comes to value her year in Paris for what it is, an amazing opportunity to experience culture, make new friends and simply find her way on her own.

St Clair was an amazingly well written love interest, with many problems of his own. His mistakes and redemptions are human and thoroughly realistic. I have never fallen in love with a character as quickly and easily as I did Etienne St Clair! The relationship between Anna and St Clair was so very realistic. No unrealistic insta-love here, though there is insta-attraction which is all too common. Their relationship had its ups and downs but you never stop rooting for the two of them.

Rashmi, Meredith, Josh and Ellie, St Clair’s girlfriend, were all well fleshed out also, although obviously not quite as well as the characters of Anna and St Clair. Each of them had their own story in the background to Anna’s, with their own trials and tribulations. The primary reason I fell head over heels in love with this book was because of its amazing characters.

Stephanie Perkin’s writing style was well paced. It was not rushed but it was not so slow as to be boring. This was the first book I have ever read front to back with no pauses. And I really mean no pauses! I began this book at eleven o’clock at night and finished by two in the morning. My eyes never left the page once. This is the only book I can say this about. It is simply that engrossing.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. It is easily one of my all-time favourite books and I think most people would enjoy it! To be quite honest, this book was so good I would recommend going out and buying it immediately and reading it the second you get home! I really believe you’ll love it too!

Have you read Anna and the French Kiss? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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