“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
I started Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins last week, and I had no idea what to expect about the book. I was really in the mood to read a cute romance book and the book is highly rated, so I decided to give it a try. I am so happy beyond words. Anna and the French Kiss was adorable and filled with a lot of teenage angst, and lastly it was perfect.
Synopsis: Anna Oliphant is sent away to the School of America in Paris for her senior year in high school. Her father is a best selling author and feels that Anna’s education should be spent away from Atlanta. Anna is afraid of being in a foreign land where she doesn’t know the language and thinks French stereotypes are accurate. She was sad to leave behind Bridgette and her major crush Toph. Anna feels lonely at first, but she is introduced to many new friends at her new school. Anna meets Etienne St. Clair, who becomes her new best friend while living in Paris. Throughout the book, Anna starts falling for Etienne, who is really handsome, likeable, charming, and popular, but he has a girlfriend. Anna tries really hard to ignore her feelings for him, but eventually she realizes that she loves him.
Characters: How could you not fall for Etienne St. Clair? He was born in America, has a British accent, and lives in France. I really adored his character, and his relationship with Anna. I have to agree that he was not the best boyfriend. He could have broken up with Ellie at the beginning when he realizes he has feelings for Anna, but then again, I love the overall pacing of the story. I liked Anna, she was cute and clumsy, and she went through many ups and downs with a lot of the characters. I did like the fallout between Bridgette and Anna, I had a feeling that she was going to get with Toph from beginning. The whole reunion scene during Anna’s Christmas break was dramatic, and I really felt bad for Anna. Anna and Etienne are so adorable together, I was really happy when they finally admitted their feelings to each other in the end. I liked the group of friends as well. I really felt bad for Meredith because I could relate to her. She did like Etienne and hoped to be in a relationship with him before Anna came to Paris, but I am glad that she was able to move on and accept their relationship. In a weird way, Anna’s father reminded me of Nicholas Sparks…and I couldn’t get that image from my head whenever he showed up in the book. I wish the book did include more of Ellie; I really wanted to see a fight against Anna and her. Lastly, Isla Martin, I will keep her character in mind till I read Isla and the Happily Ever After!
Setting: I really want to go to France and eat food. I loved the details of the whole scenery. I loved Anna and Etienne’s dates throughout the city. It was magical. If I am given the opportunity to go to Paris in the future, I will most definitely go to Point Zero!
Concluding thoughts: Why didn’t I read this book sooner when I was still a teenager? Also, I cannot wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door.
My rating for Anna and the French kiss is a 5 out of 5. 🙂