Monday, 15 June 2015

Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

18741152Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Publication date: January 1st 2014
Pages: 400 (paperback)

Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart boy from the floor above. But he's taken - and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she's been waiting for? 

Anna and the French Kiss was one of the cutest YA romance novel that I had read in a while. I read this book so many years after it first came out. And now I can completely understand why people loved it so much. The book had all the elements to be good. Loveable characters, humor, romance and a bit of drama.

Anna was a fun character to read about. I think that a lot of people can easily relate to her. All she wants is an uncomplicated life wherein she gets to hang out with her friends, get the guy she’s in love with and graduate from high school. I remembered that that was exactly how I felt in high school, nothing else really mattered at that point. She was a really sweet girl and she would do everything she can for her friends. At times she should have stood up more for herself but all in all she had a great personality.
Etienne St. Clair, the name alone is too amazing, was a great guy. He is sweet, honest and kind. He does what is right and yes he makes some mistakes. But his mistakes are forgivable and understandable. The guy was pretty swoon worthy, his proper British Accent, his French name and his good looks made sure of it. Besides it was kind of refreshing to come across a guy in a young adult contemporary book that was not a douche.

Another thing I really liked about this book was the setting. I have only been once to Paris but I really liked the atmosphere there. So it was great to read a book that was set in Paris. Besides most books young adult contemporary books are always set in the United States so it was great to read a book that was set in a different country.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It might not be anything new and it did not challenge me emotionally or mentally but it was such a sweet and cute read that it was impossible not to like it. And from time to time this is exactly the kind of book that I am looking for. It is easy to read and the pages flew by. So if you have not read this book yet than I would definitely recommend it to you and I cannot wait to read the other two books in this series. 


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