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Anna and the French Kiss@

In YA Book Reviews on November 1, 2014 at 4:21 am


by Stephanie Perkins

YA Contemporary Romance/@2010/372 Pages/Recommended for Ages 12 and up

Publisher’s Comments (Goodreads):

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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne 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?

First Sentence: “Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge.”

My Thoughts:

I found this to be a quick, enjoyable read. Anna is fun, sassy, passionate about all things film, and utterly confused about boys. She has a few in her life, and that in itself makes for an interesting story. The plot, of course, centers around her relationship with Etienne St. Clair, who is adorable, witty, charming, has an English accent, and a girl friend. Their relationship starts with friendship and has all the usual ups and downs, as their relationship builds and tension develops. As engaging as the story is, it was all the better with its Paris setting. The author’s vivid description of many of the famous landmarks make you feel like you were there. Anna and the French Kiss has everything that makes up a great young adult contemporary—characters you care about, an engaging story, humor, drama, and a big dose of heart. Stephanie Perkins does young adult well, and I will read more of whatever she writes!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars