Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by: Dutton Juvenile on December 2, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Lola and the Boy Next Door
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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
Also by this author: Lola and the Boy Next Door, Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
After reading review after review of how wonderful this book is, I knew I had to get it for myself. Luckily, my Hubbi got me this for Christmas and when I was done with my other books, I dived right in. My overall experience with it is that I really do love it, but maybe the hype around it was too much that I had really high expectations for it that wasn’t quite fulfilled.
I think it is a really cute and simple book that would be perfect for a great “teen read”. I suppose I was hoping for an epic love story that would unfold in the streets of Paris. Instead, the story was about a girl on the path to self-discovery who happens to find love along the way. I really enjoyed how Anna learned a lot about who she really was and how life in another country can really change you, for the better. The love story between her & Etienne, which I thought was going to be the main reason I liked this book, turned out to be more of a side story or added bonus to the book.
The love story does progress well and I enjoyed their moments together, but it really did remind me of a typical teen scene of how they fall in love and the little moments that make them realize what they want. The secondary characters kept it interesting enough, which was great since usually those characters are kind of a bore to me as I’m more into the main characters and their storyline, but I really did like Anna’s friends. I think Stephanie Perkins did an amazing job for her debut book and I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It’s NOT an epic love story, but a cute love story that will leave you with a smile in the end.