Melanie's Musings
June 9, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

From goodreads: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. Claire: 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?

Is there a more romantic setting for a young adult novel? Tons of female teenagers, myself included, dream of visiting Paris, preferrably with a VIP on their side. Stephanie Perkins uses this to her advantage wonderfully, sending Anna on visits to revival theatres, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Shakespeare and Company, an endless array of picturesque destinations. The sight-seeing is is by far my most favorite aspect of the novel; wistful sighs often escaped while I read of Anna’s escapades in the city of love.

Anna is a great protagonist, quirky and awkward at times but still managing to relatively quickly find a group of friends as she settles in at her new school. She’s a neat freak, movie buff, and fiercely loves her little brother back in Atlanta. She just comes across as incredibly human.

The only portion of the novel I occassionally had issues with occured while reading the romance surrounding Anna. Make no mistake, St. Clair is beyond cute. I mean, he buys her Neruda poetry! Can it get more swoonworthy? However, at times it felt as if St. Clair’s girlfriend at the beginning, Ellie, was a rather conveniently flat secondary character. She’s kept at a distance, but I still couldn’t help but feel guilty rooting for Anna, even as St. Clair was still attached to Ellie.

Overall, though, Anna and the French Kiss is a pretty good novel. It’s got the perfect setting, an undeniably cool main character, and a romantic lead that continuously made me smile.

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Posted by Melanie at 5:31 pm – Comments (1)
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  • June 9th 2011
    Liz. R said:

    “…a romantic lead that continuously made me smile.” I could not agree more with this statement! I loved Anna and the French Kiss, I’m glad you enjoyed it :). Hopefully Lola and the Boy Next Door will be just as good! Thanks for the great review.