Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Source: Bought 
Format: Hardcopy
My Rating:  
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?
(taken from goodreads.com)  
I have to admit, I began Anna and the French Kiss with sky high expectations. Rarely do I come across a piece of chick lit with so much hype, and I was expecting some pretty swoon-worthy romance. Not only did I get that, but I was also introduced to a lovable cast of hilarious, quirky characters. This book really is the epitome of lighthearted romance novels. I squealed, cringed, and laughed out loud as I followed Anna on her escapades throughout one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Just thinking about it now makes me want to pick it up and read it all over again.

As a teenage girl, I believe that a girl very similar to Anna lives in all of us. She's insecure and reluctant to accept herself, yet she's also secretly witty and eccentric. I loved her more and more as the novel unfolded. We learn so much about her as the story progresses- from her fascination with the cinema to her deepest fears and dreams. All of her friends are dynamic and entertaining to learn about, especially her romantic interest. 

After meeting the amazing St. Clair, I am 100% sure that I must move to Paris and meet the boy of my dreams. On my list of top fictional boys, Etienne ranks wayyy up at the top. As I've often said, I believe that the truest loves blossom out of friendships. I adored St. Clair and Anna's adorable relationship, whether it be as best friends or a couple. Their chemistry was addictive and vibrant either way. I couldn't get enough of their comical inside jokes and moments of deep bonding. At times, I'm certain I looked quite insane as I giggled like the silly teenage girl that I am. I'm sorry, but Etienne is such a charmer. I cannot be held responsible for my reactions.

The setting only adds to my adoration of Anna and the French Kiss. Perkins describes the City of Lights beautifully yet realistically. I practically feel like I've visited France now, but that hasn't stopped me from placing Paris at the top of my dream destinations list. Je dois visiter Paris et de se marier St. Clair! 

I cannot imagine a better teen romance novel. Seriously, this fabulous debut has everything- witty writing, an addictive plot, lovable characters, and a sexy yet sweet English boy. What's not to love? If you've been reluctant to join the bandwagon, then snap out of it. Abandon your pride and hop on! You won't regret it.