Monday, 15 September 2014

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?




Review: how has it taken me so long to read this book? Unfortunately I think these books have dropped down my list because they are classed as purely reading for pleasure and joy and not for review-that's a shame isn't it? nevertheless, here's  what I thought of Anna and The French-just so damn cute! Everyone has told me how sweet and lovely this book is and I really wasn't let down. When I was younger I really enjoyed books set in schools, everything I read was a book set in a school and so when I found out that this one was set it a school-I was over the moon. This book is like Glee meets every cute teen rom com you've read meets something written by. John Green-it's such an easy read and pleasure in every page. 

In terms of the plot, it's not the most complex of things, girls moves to Paris, meets a boy, boy is taken and the fun ensues from there. The only thing that stopped this book being a five star read for me was that more things didn't happen. I felt a bit like sometimes, we could have gone into more depth on a couple of scenes or found out a bit more about St Clair and his parents but then it wouldn't have been such a quick read so it really didn't effect me enjoying the book one bit. 

Anna seems to have her head screwed on properly, something which I find isn't always the case with YA heroines, so I was pleasd about that. I thought her lack of French skills was fairly improbable but I don't hold that against her and can't wait to read more about her in Lola and the Boy Next Door. St Clair is a bit of a bad boy, leading Anna on somewhat when he already has a girlfriend but he is a real gentlemen at heart and is definitely Anna's knight in shinning armour so he's all good in my books. I really liked the other characters in this novel too and think that they were key to the plot and played their parts well! 

Overall this is just a lovely book and definitely something to sit down and devour all in one go as I did. It's not taxing or challenging in anyway just sweet and romantic, the equivalent of your favourite rom com or Disney movie. It will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside and the descriptions of Paris will definitely make you want to go back there and visit for yourself. The brilliant thing is that these characters are revisited in Lola and The Boy Next Door and so I can now go and catch up with them and see how they are all getting on! 

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