Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: 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. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?
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For quite some time I've been reading so much YA paranormal and other similar stuff, but for about a week I've been on a kick reading realistic contemporary romance - both YA and "New Adult" (aka college age). This book is one of about ten that I bought a few days ago and have been tearing through. I liked it, but didn't love it.
Anna was awesome. She was a funny, smart, flawed heroine that was really well written and made me root for her. There was a lot of growth for her throughout the book and I think the best part of it was reading about her finding herself and growing up.
St. Clair/Etienne was just kind of okay for me. I really liked his interactions with Anna, and I think my favorite part was the Thanksgiving holiday they spent together. I fell a little for both of them during that part of the novel. I didn't like how long he dragged out his relationship with Ellie, it bugged me a lot. The author also harped on his short size, which was unattractive to me (I realize that's superficial and shallow, but it's the truth).
Most of the relationship stuff with Anna and St. Clair was really cute and I spent a lot of time smiling throughout the book. The secondary characters were decent, though I didn't really find myself caring too much about what happened to them. I do like that all of the teenagers were realistic in how they acted, instead of over the top like many authors portray them.
Definitely a fun and fluffy read and I definitely plan on reading more by this author.
3 of 5 stars.
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