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. 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?
Description taken from Goodreads.
I didn’t read this book for a long time, the main reason being the cover and the title. No. Books with titles and covers like the hardback cover of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS are usually a no-go for me. Just not interested. But for the longest time, I kept on hearing about Stephanie Perkins here and there and everywhere. SHE. IS. EVERYWHERE. So I decided to read it.
This is definitely one of those love stories. If it were a movie, it would be filed as a rom-com for me. What made ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS so different for me was how well this book was written. I loved how realistic it was, the ups and downs Anna and her friends and Étienne had were awesome and the plot was well-done.
The first 1/3 of the book is Anna getting introduced to Paris, her new group of friends, getting to know everything around her and new experiences in new places. The second 1/3 of this book is arguing. Arguing, trials, tribulations and the meat of the plot. Conflicts, resolutions, friends, enemies, you get the gist. Lastly, the final 1/3 of this book is ending. A lot of it has to do with finding answers to the questions in the second 1/3, making compromises and eventually finding love.
And all of it was incredibly well done.
This gif ^ explains how I feel about this book right now. Except I’m not crying. This book is not a stressful read at all, perfect to go in companion with books like Kasie West’s, which are awesome, funny, well-done
(for a change) rom-coms.
So. Relationships and characters.
Étienne and Anna. Bridgette and Toph. Meredith and Rashmi and Josh. All of the characters here were AMAZINGLY well done. I loved each and every one of them for different reasons. While I do wish **minor spoiler**Josh and Rashmi had stayed together in the end and that there had been more for Josh **minor spoiler** because I really did love them as a couple and as individual characters. There were so many great friends and allies here that were lovable and wonderful.
(Also, don’t know if anyone else noticed this–but Isla from Stephanie Perkin’s upcoming book, ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, is mentioned on page 318 of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. :3)
There were so many great things about this book. The writing is great, the characters are awesome, plot line is never boring and is well-thought-out, conflicts are realistic, I would definitely say this is a win contemporary read and I would highly recommend it. On top of all that, this book is hilarious. I had so much fun with this read, all coming out to 4.5 stars.
Now for my reasoning as to why this isn’t a fiver for me.
Maybe it’s because I’m not super into contemporary usually. Even Kasie West wasn’t a fiver for me (though On the Fence could change that). The only contemporary romance that’s ever made it into my five star list is the freaking THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. This book just doesn’t have the things that it needs to make it into my five star. While shipper heart exploded, my heart didn’t beat for this book. Don’t get me wrong–there is most definitely many reasons why this book made it to 4.5 stars, but it wasn’t quite there for me. I don’t even know the reason why.
Overall, this is an amazing book that I would recommend for people who aren’t even into contemporary (like me) and especially people who are (like many of my blogger friends). I’m so glad that I decided to take a chance on this book (and especially thanks to Andi at Andi’s ABCs and on Twitter as @andiABCs) for really pushing me to read this book (as well as your helpful advice about pre-ordering ;)) and all I have to say in closing is THAT STEPHANIE PERKINS HAS FOUND HERSELF ANOTHER FAN.
pg count for the hardback: 372