Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Reading Level and Genre: YA Romance
Published: December 2, 2010
This book has definitely been one of my favorite reads of the year so far. It's the cutest book ever, and I loved it. It made me want to move to Paris and find a hot British-American-French guy of my own.
I loved the plot and the developments that happened in it. I can't tell too much without giving stuff away, but the book does have some rather depressing moments. But for romance books. they always end happy. Right? You never know with another girl in the picture. ;)
Anna is a typical, all-American (or so she thought) girl that crushes and dreams on hot guys and has a best friend. A totally normal life. Until she moves to Paris unwillingly. There she meets a tight-knit group at SOAP that she instantly becomes a part of. There's Meredith, Rashmi, Josh, and St. Clair. Plus Ellie, who's kind of there, and kind of not there. She's St. Clair's girlfriend of one year. And Anna totally starts crushing on him. Who can't resist boys with British accents? AND great hair? But that's not all. (Dundundun...) Meredith also has a crush on St. Clair! (DUNDUNDUN...) Actually, that's not all either. Because pretty much every girl with a heart and eyes and ears for British accents has her eyes on Etienne St. Clair. So then comes the roller coaster St. Clair+Anna: St. Clair flirts with Anna (or seems to), St. Clair is the best friend of Anna, St. Clair doesn't speak to Anna, St. Clair throws up on Anna... etc. Along with the Anna/St. Clair thing there's also the Anna/Toph thing. (Toph is a really cool name, by the way. Chris is so overrated.) So on top of the fact that Anna feels St. Clair is off-limits because of a girl, SHE feels off-limits because she has a guy there, too. Which is sad, because St. Clair and Anna really do seem perfect. They both such real characters. Anna loves movies, and food, and she's a really funny person. St. Clair is just the perfect guy. And by perfect, I mean he has faults. He's not an ice-cold marble statue that sparkles in the sun. He's scared of heights, and I just think that's the cutest thing. Even if he wasn't your boyfriend, he'd be a great friend. He's a sincere person and thinks of everybody. And a guy that loves "me mum" is pretty attractive, too.
Opposite the moms (or mums) of this story, we have the fathers. And I say fathers, because "dad" just isn't really the proper term. Anna has a jerk of a father that writes Asian drama-like stories (Two people fall in love. The girl gets diagnosed with cancer. They live their last moments together, dreading the end. The girl dies. The end.) that sends her to the other side of the world without asking for her consent. And Etienne's father... well. Let's just say you do NOT want to be Etienne when it comes to that aspect.
Overall, this was a sweet story about love and friendship that will get you laughing and crying with the characters and make you want more Etienne and British accents and French pastries!
This book left me with a British accent in my head and plenty of "bloody hell"s to boot.
P.S. Heard that Stephanie Perkins is writing "companion sequels" to Anna. Can you say THROW YOUR BERETS IN THE AIR LIKE YOU JUST DON'T CARE!!?
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?