Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: December 2 2010
Length: 386 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Cute! But where is Anna's blonde streak in her hair?
Point of View: 1st person, following Anna
My Rating: 5 Stars
I wanted to make sure that my first book in 2013 was a fun happy read and I am pleased to say that Anna and the French Kiss was exactly that. The setting was lovely, the characters were fun and the overall book was just a joy to read. This is the third book in the last month that I have read that takes place in Paris and I am dying to return there now. I obviously missed tons of places I should have gone to the first time.
“Welcome to Paris, Anna. I'm glad you've come.”
Anna finds herself being forced by her father to spend her senior year of high school in Paris. While others would jump at the chance Anna doesn't fancy the idea at all. She is very closed off and is scared of even leaving the dorms for the first couple of weeks. Thankfully she meets the girl in the room next to hers, Meredith, who introduces Anna to her group of friends. There is Josh and Rashmi who are a couple and Étienne (Eh-t-yen) St. Clair. aaahhhh Étienne St. Clair *swoon* What a wonderful character. St. Clair (as his friends call him) is unfortunately dating another friend of the group, Ellie, but she graduated the year before and now that she is in college has stopped hanging around them all. It is always St. Clair who goes to visit her as her college is nearby.
Slowly Anna and St. Clair get closer and closer and you can see a real friendship building. Then you can see that friendship turning into romantic feelings. Since St. Clair has a girlfriend and Anna has a boy back home that she is hoping will wait for her... they have to navigate their feelings without hurting the others in their lives.
“There are few things worse than having feelings for someone you shouldn't, and I don't like where my thoughts were headed.”
I really enjoyed the chemistry between Anna and Étienne. It is a tricky situation in a book when one of the characters is dating somebody else because I would never condone cheating. But thankfully Perkins was able to write the story in a way that the relationship was gradual and no real lines were crossed. I never felt uncomfortable with what was happening and of course you are wishing for them to end up together so really a few blurred lines are acceptable.
“So what do I wish for? Something I'm not sure I want? Someone I'm not sure I need? Or someone I know I can't have? Screw it. Let the fates decide.
I wish for the thing that is best for me.”
This was my first book by Stephanie Perkins but I do plan on reading her others. Lola and the Boy Next Door is out now and Isla and the Happily Ever After is due out in May 2013. Isla is actually in Anna and the French Kiss so it will be nice to visit that character again. From what I can tell from the synopsis it appears all of the characters from these three books are somehow connected yet it doesn't appear to be a true trilogy. So it may be okay to read them as a standalone or as a series.
oooOOOooohhhh and I just wanted to add... this is one book that I would love to be rewritten from Étienne's point of view. There are so many times when he is away with his girlfriend, Ellie, and it would be nice to see how their relationship starts to change as his friendship with Anna grows. It would be a little hard in the start seeing him happy with Ellie but then again he can't have been that happy... not really...
“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?”