Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Fiction
From my local library
Anna is not happy about spending senior year at a Paris boarding school, away from her Atlanta home, best friend Bridgette, and crush Toph. Adapting isn’t easy, but she soon finds friends and starts enjoying French life, especially its many cinemas; she is an aspiring film critic. Complications arise, though, when she develops feelings for cute—and taken—classmate Etienne, even though she remains interested in Toph. Her return home for the holidays brings both surprises, betrayals, unexpected support, and a new perspective on what matters in life—and love. Featuring vivid descriptions of Parisian culture and places, and a cast of diverse, multifaceted characters, including adults, this lively title incorporates plenty of issues that will resonate with teens, from mean girls to the quest for confidence and the complexities of relationships in all their forms. Despite its length and predictable crossed-signal plot twists, Perkins’ debut, narrated in Anna’s likable, introspective voice, is an absorbing and enjoyable read that highlights how home can refer to someone, not just somewhere.
What a refreshing story. I loved this book and Anna and Etienne. I love how Anna thinks she is just friends with Etienne and how they both miss the cues the other is giving.
It’s nice to read a story about how two people can become friends and then fall in love with each other and it’s the most normal thing in the world. Anna and Etienne both have problems with relationships and together they help each other discover things about themselves that they didn’t realize they could do. Paris, for them is the city of love and discovering themselves and how love can conquer all and make you a better person.
Stephanie has written a wonderfully sweet love story that you want to know what will happen to the lovers down the road. If you want a story that reminds you what love can do and how it can transform someone, then you’ll enjoy this book.
I checked this book out from my local library.