Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by Dutton Juvenile on December 2, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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?
What I thought…
- Stephanie Perkins sure does know how to tell a story. Seriously. Contemporary books don’t often have the page turner effect because (for me anyway) there is a lot less suspense (and lets face it, you know they’re going to end up together). But I could not put this book down.
- I read Lola first, and I think that made me like Anna and Étienne even more. They were just so cute. I will be really, really, sad if they don’t make an appearance in Isla and the Happily Ever After.
- Étienne. Just… Étienne.
- Anna became one of my favorite characters. She was insecure without being too insecure. She knows she can’t have what she wants, but wants it anyway, and we see the pain that it causes her. I loved that she feared speaking French and she feared being “foreign.”
- All the secondary characters were pretty good, but I liked Josh and Rashmi the most. I know this is going to sound weird, but I enjoyed their bickering.
- Paris. The Eiffel Tower. Point Zero.
- Cover issue: I don’t really like people on the cover anyway, but Anna is not at all what I pictured, and where’s her stripe? It’s a significant part of her that should not have been left off the cover.
I liked Anna and the French Kiss slightly more than I liked Lola and the Boy Next Door, simply because I liked Anna just a tad bit more than Lola, but both books are excellent!
If you haven’t already read this book, you should (and share my shame in waiting so long to read it too)!