Published: August 4th 2011 by Speak
Genre & Keywords: Contemporary, PARIS
Other Books From Author: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Book 2)
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?
All right, so here’s the conclusion. If you’re in the mood for:
2. Cutesy romance
3. Funny dialogue
YOU WANT STEPHANIE PERKINS.
I was in an all-time YA low a few weeks ago, and if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, I present The Cure. Reading Anna and the French Kiss is like living in Disneyland, complete with fireworks and cakes and ice cream and soft lights and cute boys and sparkly confetti!! TRUST ME, YOU’LL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. I was in love with Anna’s voice before the story even began. She’s funny and sarcastic, and her banters with St. Clair are gold. THOSE THANKSGIVING BREAK EMAILS? I SMILED A LOT.
Besides all that romantic fluff, Anna’s still trying to navigate through her school year while dealing with some pretty messed up problems back home with family, friends, and boys. Her problems solve way too easily, but Anna’s growth and the relationships she forge on the way are endearing and sweet so I’m not complaining.
I don’t know how to feel about Étienne St. Clair?! He’s a big reason why I loved this book at first. Him and Anna are close friends with an easy friendship and a will-they-won’t-they tension even though they are totally into each other. Plus, he’s a charming English-American-French flirt, and totally deserves to be IN ALL CAPS. He was the perfect boyfriend, up until that fight outside the pub when Anna first got drunk. Just. NO.
Have you read this? Did you like it? Wanderlust? How did you feel about Étienne? If you haven’t read any books by Stephanie Perkins yet, would you? I’d love to hear what you think (*^_^*)