Official Book Synopsis:
Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
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Review In A Nutshell:
What I loved the most about Anna and the French Kiss was its genuine and relatable narrative. It had all the elements of a typical young adult romance without it being too emotional or angsty.
Screw the reluctant romantic in me. In the midst of all the fiction lined up for our book group’s future discussions as well as those that I still have to read, I find myself wanting to pick up something easy on the eyes. I often refer to it as a “breather book”; something that is nothing too heavy or frilly while still entertaining. I bought Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins a long time ago at the recommendation of Chachic and Tina, a couple of book blogger friends, who absolutely loved it. However, I only got to read it around this time and it’s a good thing that I did because I needed something like that; something that is simple yet not mundane but definitely refreshing.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins tells a story of a young girl named Anna Oliphant, a self-confessed film junkie, who was suddenly shipped off to a boarding school in Paris, France by her father who wanted to give a life-changing experience before she goes to college. Anna resented having plucked out of her normal life in Atlanta — away from her best friend, Bridge, and her budding relationship with her crush, Toph — but as an obedient daughter, she kept her feelings in and felt lost immediately after her parents left her. She was however welcomed by Meredith and her group of friends, which include the charmingly handsome Etienne St. Clair. As she slowly eases into her life in Paris, Anna becomes increasingly torn between missing Toph and Bridge, her growing friendship with the already-taken Etienne, her conflicts of being a new girl in school, that only when she goes back full circle when she realizes that the best thing she wished for was always right in front of her eyes.
What I loved the most about Anna and the French Kiss was its genuine and relatable narrative. It had all the elements of a typical young adult romance without it being too emotional or angsty. If anything, the “kilig” factor was way up between Anna and Etienne if you were to gauge from my Goodreads updates. I loved that their characters were fleshed out well enough by the author, Stephanie Perkins; even the secondary ones got to shine one way or another.
Anna and the French Kiss also made me fell in love with Paris more; it became the third main character of the book. Stephanie Perkins wrote the sights and sounds of Paris so vividly, enough for me to dream that someday I’ll be able to visit that city and see the places that bore witness to Anna and Etienne’s journey.
Unfortunately, the book felt like a long foreplay in some spots that the “will-he-or-will-he-not” tone was a bit too much. I became as emotionally confused as Anna at some point that I just wanted to pull Etienne aside and tell him off… with a few hugs… or kisses… Oh dear! But then again, there were some subplots which I felt that can be removed without losing the story’s strength. I guess that’s the nitpicker in me talking (or being just frustrated that I couldn’t read it fast enough nor have enough time to finish it).
However, I did say at the start though that I really needed a “breather book” and if you do find yourself in the same pickle as I did, Anna and the French Kiss definitely fits the bill.
4 out of 5 stars
My Two Cents:
If you have an eReader, buy a digital copy at your favorite online store. I bought my print copy because it had a deckled edge and I love those kinds of books. Plus, at only PHP 399.00 from your neighborhood bookstore, it’s a steal. However, if you’re saving up on cash, then… well… go figure. 😉
Other Fun Stuff:
– You can visit Stephanie Perkins’ official website to know more about her, her books and other related news.
– On the website’s Extras page, Stephanie posted interesting stuff about Anna and the French Kiss such a playlist (non-spoiler and spoiler version) and even a bonus scene.
– Stephanie Perkins has published a companion book called Lola and the Boy Next Door and has another one coming out in 2013 entitled Isla and the Happily Ever After. See, the world doesn’t end yet. 😛