Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult - Romance
Publication Date: December 2nd 2010
Age Range: Young Adult
Date Scoot Read: March 2011
Scoot's Rating: 10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!
Synopsis (via 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. 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?
Anna’s newly famous father thinks she needs to be doing what all of the other jet-setting children do; attend a foreign boarding school. Against Anna’s wishes she is sent to Paris for her senior year. Thrown into a country where she doesn’t speak the language, doesn’t look the part (her Target wardrobe just isn’t going to cut it) and doesn’t know anyone is not how she pictured spending her last year of high school. Anna just wants to go home and work on her future dream of being a movie critic and her maybe-romance with a hot coworker. But Paris isn’t as miserable as she expected it to be and Anna, along with some new found friends, learns that life and love go on even in the most unexpected places. I loved this book! If you have followed many of my reviews you may have noticed that I am not a fan of the instant romance. Therefore, Anna and the French Kiss was PERFECT for me. The slow building true-friendship-turns-into-true-love romance of this book was amazing. Oh Étienne. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Anna and Étienne were imperfect perfection. They weren’t physically or emotionally flawless; they were real. The character development in this novel was great. Anna was a confident lead but not overly so, she didn’t always make the best choices but she learned from her mistakes. The writing and pace of the story flowed well and I literally read the book all in one sitting, I could not stop! This book had me on the edge of my seat, laughing, crying, stressed out and happy as a clam. The only bad thing I could think of about this book was that it ended. I wanted it to keep going! I think I could read about Anna & Étienne for ages and never get bored.