Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 372 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: 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?


 

            As someone who devours love stories, is addicted to macaroons, and took French all through high school and even visited Paris at one point, I can’t believe I wasn’t compelled to start this book sooner.  Anna and the French Kiss is basically the perfect love story for me.  It has every aspect of a good YA romance that I could ever ask for.  It should come as no surprise then that I absolutely adored this book.  Stephanie Perkins is phenomenal.  I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her books soon.
            I want to start off by saying I thought one of the most interesting aspects of this book was that Anna initially actually HATES the fact that she is being shipped off to boarding school in Paris.  I can’t think of a single one of my friends (me included) that wouldn’t jump on the chance to live in the city of love for a whole semester, if given the opportunity.  It was interesting to see how Anna adjusted to being in a whole new place for her school semester, and how Paris eventually grows on her.  So much so, that I don’t think she actually enjoyed her visit home over winter break. 
            Another part of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed was the love lesson Anna goes through.  Can I call it that? I’m not sure if love lesson is entirely the best way put it. Let me explain.  When Anna leaves Atlanta she is not only leaving behind her family and friends, but a boy she was starting to see as well.  I remember being that age when you think your whole world is going to end when you get dumped/cheated on, so I’m sure being forced to go to a boarding school and leaving a boy behind can seem just as difficult.  Anna and the French Kiss is a wonderful learning lesson for all girls out there reading this, because Anna eventually comes to realize that what she thought was love, was just infatuation, and that real love is much different. 
            Which brings me to my next point.  I LOVE how her friendship/relationship with St. Clair plays out (that is not a spoiler don’t worry! It’s in the book description!) because it is realistic. They start out as friends, and everything is complicated and there’s other people involved.  I loved it, because I felt like it was a pretty accurate portrayal of how relationships truly can be sometimes!  Heck, St. Clair and Anna even fight! And a lot! (not in a bad way though!)  I mean, come on, how many times have you read a YA book (or just any book in general) where the couple doesn’t even fight?  I can’t even count on both my hands how many books I’ve read that that happens, and it’s honestly not realistic in the least bit.  I thought Stephanie Perkins story is a great lesson to all teens out there who are just falling in love for the first time and getting in relationships.  It’s not going to be perfect, and it’s not going to be easy.  And for this genre I think not just teens, but all ages of readers will take away a lot after reading this.
            One last tidbit that I want to mention was that Anna reviews films/movies on a blog she has.  It’s her passion and as a book reviewer, I thought it was kind of neat to see a YA character with a similar hobby!
            All in all, I highly recommend this book.  I should have picked it up ages ago when all the hype surrounding it was first going on.  I think another wave of bloggers/readers are starting to realize the potential in this book though, because I’ve seen numerous other people say they are finally picking up this book for the first time! Thanks to all the people who encouraged me to read this! And thanks to my friend Alyssa for making a deal with me to read this!  (in exchange, she is finally finishing the Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini, which you all know I am a HUGE fan of!) 

 
Emily


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    1. THANKS ALYSSA!:) and thanks for forcing me to finally read it! LOL i just need a little motivation from time to time!

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  2. Anna! I love this book and amazing review. I can't wait for you to read Lola. Cricket is probably my favorite thing about Lola.

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    1. thanks Brian! that means alot to me! and i can't wait to read it either! going to the library today to see if i can find it! i will let you know what i think of it!

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