Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Sunday, June 30, 2013

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?

Anna and the French Kiss... At first I thought this would be a silly preteen novel about a perfect romance in Paris. The title and the cover gave me a bad feeling. However, after starting this book with fairly low expectations, I devoured it. IT. WAS. SO. GOOD. I absolutely adored the realistic approach to the modern tale.

This is my Etienne, I have decided. I think he is basically perfect. The hair, the book, the European outfit, the way he's biting his thumbnail like when Etienne thinks... how much more perfect could Aaron Johnson be? Except that he's married and I would rather like him for myself. 

Although I have been to Paris, and it didn't particularly enjoy it, this book made me fall in love with the city from thousands of miles away. It's crazy, but the way Stephanie Perkins told her story made me want to travel there again. My sister happened to be in Paris last week, and didn't enjoy it either, so I think my romantic feelings towards the city were solely based on Stephanie's writing.

Overall, this is one of those books that I kept putting off, but when I actually started reading it, I couldn't stop. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good, realistic, and not gooey romance.

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