Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephenie Perkins
Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Children's
Age: Young Adult
Anna was 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. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
Anna and the French Kiss is one of those books you keep reading amazing reviews. It was on my TBR pile but I couldn't find the time to read it until a few days ago, when I was looking for a romantic story with a HEA ending.
I really liked Anna. She was fun and light but also smart. I could easely relate to her, even when I haven't had the same experiences as her. If my parents sent me on my senior year to another country (even if it's Paris) I wouldn't be so happy. But even with that going on, she was always in a good mood and trying to have the best experience. She was a real girl, with doubts and scared, but also ready to take a chance.
At first I wasn't completely sure about St. Clair. He seemed insecure and giving hope to Anna while he was with his girlfriend was mean. But then I thought Who isn't insecure at that age? Specially about love. He was also smart and good looking, and Anna liked him since the beggining. But I was glad it wasn't another one of those instant-love relationships, and I think that's why I liked so much this book. Nobody is perfect.
Excellent characters, awesome writing, Anna and the French Kiss didn't let me sleep until I finished it. I loved, LOVED, that Anna and St. Clair were friends before being a couple. Usually it doesn't happen this way in young adult books, but I think it's more real.
Overall, I loved this book and I can't wait to read other books from this author, as Lola and the Boy Next Door.