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Title: Anna and the French Kiss (Book #1)
Series: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, YA
Published: December 2nd, 2010
Read: October 2014 (paperback, own)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
This book is added to my all time favorite books of my life. I feel like this is the perfect YA contemporary.
We meet Anna who lives in Atlanta but her father who’s an author (he gave me Nicholas Sparks vibes) sends her to boarding school in Paris. Anna isn’t looking forward to the move at all. However things change around once she meets people and gains new friends plus meets a boy in the city of love, Etienne St. Clair.
The only problem with Etienne is that he has a girlfriend and is also fighting his feelings with Anna. Which I found a tad bit problematic.
I loved how realistic Stephanie Perkins made these characters to be. Anna is taller than Etienne and she has a gap between her teeth. Etienne isn’t the best looking guy either, definitely not your typical buff built teenager we tend to read in YA. We also meet other characters who range in diversity.
What I loved most was the setting. Stephanie definitely made me feel like I was in Paris whilst reading the book. I imagined everything vividly. Stephanie had the characters visit different tourist locations of Paris that was awesome to read about and imagine.
Although this is a YA Romance Contemporary, Stephanie also touches on other topics like family, inclusion, and friendship.
This is definitely a light fluffy read that I would recommend on any given day.
A Favorite Quote:
“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
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