Age Group: Young Adult
Challenges: 350 Page Challenge
Release Date: December 2, 2o10
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. Claire: 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?
OH. MY. ANNA.
This book just made its way into my list of favorites. It's one of those books that you love so much you just can't put it into words. After the first fifty pages, I read this book in one entire sitting.
Anna and the French Kiss had fantastic pacing, and always left me needing to read on at the end of chapters.
Can I just say that I absolutely fell in loooooove with the characters in this book? They were so realistic and lovable, and their emotions so relatable and vivid, that I couldn't help but want to dive into this book and be best friends with all of them.
(Also, Anna has a blonde streak in her bangs, just like I do. HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!?!)
I don't really know what it was about this book that made me completely fall in love with it, but I'm sure a huge part of it was the way Stephanie Perkins writes. I've never been one of those girls that swoons over Paris, and wants to go there before she dies and meet some French boy, but HOLY MOLY. Perkins' beautiful descriptions of France made me want to do just that.
I love books where you picture yourself as the main character, and I was able to put myself in Anna's shoes. While reading, I got the butterflies, I almost cried, I laughed, and I found myself falling in love with the book.
Wow. The ending left my breathless, and I really wish the book hadn't ended, because I would have loved to continue on with Anna and Etienne's story.
I'll admit --- before I read the book, I didn't like the cover. I thought it was too girly, and it didn't make me want to read the book. I'm glad I did read the book though, because I started to fall in love with the cover. I think it portrays the book as a "fluff" read, with isn't exactly correct since there is a lot of depth to the story.
I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It's so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn't have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.
The Final Verdict:
Why are you still reading this?! GO. READ THIS BOOK. NOW.