Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
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 Etienne St. Clair: 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?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is probably hands down the best young adult novel that I’ve read this year. The whole book was just full of awesome. Anna is going to a pretentious school for American students in Paris…against her will. Anna would rather stay in Atlanta with the people she knows and loves. Anna’s convinced she’s going to be tossed into the midst of a bunch of snotty, preppy teens who have known each other for years. What Anne hasn’t taken into consideration is that the other students are more or less in the same situation she’s in.
The group that adopts Anna is filled with some great characters. They have their inside jokes but seem genuine towards Anna. Her classes aren’t too bad. The best and worst thing that happens to Anna in Paris is St. Clair. Etienne St. Clair is forbidden fruit. Not only does he have a girlfriend but if he didn’t Mer would be next in line…if you followed the laws of teenage girlhood.
Watching Etienne and Anna trying to maintain a friendship when both would clearly like to be more induces all those feelings from high school. The ones where if you looked at a boy you were crushing on at the time and it felt like a cage of butterflies had been released just for the nearness of that person? Yeah. I’d say reading Anna and the French Kiss feels just like that.
If you haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss yet, you need to. This book was written to appeal to a vast audience. It is one of those books not to be missed!