Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
Reading slumps suck. But I think I’m out of it because I’ve read like 3 books and I can’t stop (so a lot more reviews coming!) Now, to talk about the book at hand. Anna and the French Kiss was a surprise, a good surprise. It was a contemporary, easy to read, romance novel that was so well written. Stephanie Perkins has great attention to detail and her writing style is amazing, not something popular with books in this genre. My favorite part is that it’s not another dramatic tear jerker young adult romance but a light hearted, could happen to anyone story that keeps you on a will they/ won’t they roller coaster.
Characters?The characters are so real. They have their flaws, quirks and individual likes and dislikes. While the main charcters are Anna and St. Clair you still hear about Meredith, Rashmi and Josh (who gets an even bigger spotlight in Isla and the Happily Ever After). Great balance on that part. None of the characters are perfect and all have development throughout the book which is what makes it feel like they could be your friends.
Setting? Paris, France. (le sigh) Such a beautiful setting. We hit all the main touristy spots: Notredam, Point Zero, Eiffel Tower and more. You can tell Perkins knows her Paris. She doesn’t drag on explaining or describing but she doesn’t leave you wanting more. I liked that the school was a school, as in small dorms, boring classes and homework, just like in real life. The only thing that I feel was a little over the top was the cafeteria but hey maybe that’s how it is in Paris.
Plot? There are many relationship dinamics and a little bit of back and forth but all in all it is a really well paced plot. The fights had a reason, they didn’t fall in love instantly, no big cliches. Only part that dragged was at the end. Quick summary: friendship turns into romance and aquantinces turn into great friends. Obviously there is some heart ache and a lot of will they, won’t they but overall 10 out of 10.
Recommend?Yes, yes, yes.
Favorite Part? I really like when St. Clair and Anna meet. It wasn’t made into a huge deal, it was sweet and short and it set the tone for the rest of the book. I also really like when St. Clair and Anna had all those cute moments before getting together and they didn’t even know how cute they were.
Least Favorite Part? When Meredeith found them kissing and everything went wrong. I didn’t mind all the craziness and heartache after because it was necessary (kind of) but the kiss shouldn’t have happened. That was cheating and they were supposed to be watching their friend’s game.
Final Thoughts? Anna and the French Kiss was a great. I liked it from beginning to end and recommend everyone to read it. Hopeless romantics will love it and so will fantasy lovers (maybe). So go ahead and pick up your copy today.
Book review for Anna and the French Kiss done. Coming up next Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After. Have you read Anna and the French Kiss? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.