|Anna and the French Kiss|
by Stephanie Perkins
Released: December 2, 2010
Summary: Seventeen year old Anna is about to enter her senior year of high school. Instead of attending her last year in Atlanta Georgia, her father (an affluent, famous, sell-out author) sends her to a school of America in Paris. Anna has no choice but to go and is definitely homesick. She makes friends in her new school and a new love inerest--Etienne St. Clair. St. Clair, the stunning, good looking, English accent, intelligent boy who Anna falls for. Follow Anna along her school year as she develops friendships, enemies, and romance along the way. See her relationship with Etienne, family, and issues that arise within the storyline.
My Thoughts: Wow. This book was so cute & gushy--the good kind of gushy.
What I liked: Um... can I say everything? This book is a very quick read--finished it right when I found it on my doorstep from Amazon which was something I like. Don't look at this story as a cliche romance because it has so many twists, turns, surprises, and sweet moments. I had butterflies in my stomach throughout this story--the good and bad kind. I fell in love the characters in the novel, and disliked the ones that I was supposed to. Anna's character is relate-able and I connected with her (plus!). I think I might have liked Etienne St. Clair more than Anna did, he was such a likable character, but really... what kind of guys exist like Etienne? I loved the storyline, I was expecting a typical love story, but there are so many issues that come up in the story and they were excellent editions to the book. I love how it's a simple and fun romance story. Stephanie Perkin's writing kept me interested throughout and I couldn't put this book down. I also liked the humorous parts as well.
What I disliked: I'm sad that there will never be an Etienne IRL. I think this book was great, I don't really think this is a "dislike," but this book would have been pretty interesting if she made the love story less simple and more deep and traumatic.
Conclusion: I would recommend this book to everyone. Please please do yourselves a favor and read it! Even if you're not the romance reading type, I guarantee you'll love it. I cannot believe this book came out of NaNoWriMo--it is incredible that she wrote it in a month and it's as amazing as it is.