Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins
book rate: ★★★★★ (4.5/5)
Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?
After finishing Lola and the Boy Next Door, I missed Anna and Étienne so much I had to reread this book! Just like the first time, I found myself flying through the pages, excited to get to my favourite parts! I read this book in less than 24 hours (I regret nothing!). On the 14th, the first thing I'll do when I wake up is buying Isla and the Happily Ever After!
I think everybody who likes YA has heard about this book, but I still wanted to share my feelings about it.
The plot in this book is very like the plot in other contemporaries, girl meets boy, they fall in love, but for some reason they can't be together. We all know, when we start reading a contemporary, that the characters will, most likely, end up together in the end and live happily ever after. So, in my opinion, what really matters in contemporaries is the journey, the characters and their development.
When we start Anna and the French Kiss, Anna is crying so hard that the girl living next door hears her, she is afraid to order food and to leave campus. By the end of the book she is going to the movies and visiting Paris all by her self.
Étienne's life has always been ruled by his father and he's to afraid of changes, but then he grows up and stands for himself.
Once again, Stephanie Perkins creates fantastic characters. They are likeable, you can't help not loving them but they are not perfect. They make mistakes, sometimes they say things that shouldn't be said, others, they don't say enough and they may not always have the best attitude towards some events, but that's what makes them so realistic.
The amazing characters, the simple (but great) plot and the funny writing make this book wonderful and worth reading! If you're a fan of contemporaries you probably heard of Stephanie Perkins already. If you haven't, I assume you've been living in another world and if that's the case you have to pick on of her books right now!