Friday, November 25, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss By: Stephanie Perkins

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 Etienne St. Clair: 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.

I have heard from so many people that they loved this book so I went out and bought this one as well as Lola and the Boy Next Door.  I am definitely not disappointed! 

Anna has her senior year all lined up, until her dad surprises her by sending her to a boarding school in Paris.  Now I know what you are thinking it should be perfect right, what girls wouldn't want that..... except she has to quit her job, leave her best friend behind, she may never know what could have happened with her cute co-worker and she doesn't even speak french. 

When she arrives in Paris things aren't all that bad.  She makes friends with some of the other seniors who instantly pull her into their ground and among them is Etienne St. Clair. He is drop dead gorgeous and is extremely nice to her, but he has a girlfriend.  They become fast friends and soon Anna realizes that she may like him more then as a friend....

I like the characters in this story.  Anna is just trying to make sense of her life and being in a new environment and overall she has handled things pretty well.  The teenagers in her group all have to deal with the things that teenagers have to deal with these days, dealing with sickness in the family, a friend in love with another persons boyfriend/girlfriend, dating, what to do after high school, being there for others when you think your world is caving in....  They all had a hard time along the story but ultimately they had someone to rely on, even if it took a while to figure it all out. 

I really liked St. Clair's character.  He was overwhelmed with a lot of things and he was constantly trying to be the guy that everyone liked.  He was nice to everybody around him but didn't really open up to anyone but his small group of friends.  I liked that he wasn't perfect.  He made mistakes and admitted that he didn't have all the answers but he did keep trying and he did accept help from the people he loved/trusted.

This is a great book and I can't wait to read more from this author.

1 comment:

  1. To clarify I did LIKE it, but I just didn't LOVE it as much as everyone else seemed to. I felt that Anna's life back in Atlanta did not really compare with her life in Paris. She had an awesome group of friends and hundreds of theaters to go to (which even she was thrilled about). I didn't see the draw she had to her home in the U.S. But I suppose being that age and wanting to rebel against "the man" (i.e. her father) gave her motivation to feel bad about not being home. This constant connection to her home and her mediocre friends made her a bit too nostalgic for my taste.