Title: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Published by: Penguin Group (USA)
Read: June 9th, 2012
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.
What I thought:
One thing I have to say about this book first, is it was the perfect thing I needed right now. It had me smiling and laughing the whole time. I actually had to stop reading it on the bus because people were giving me weird looks.
Anna gets sent to Paris for her final year of high school by her dad, who is a cheesy novel writer and thinks this is the perfect thing for her. Upon arriving she’s feeling alone, abandoned by her family, but then her neighbor Meredith welcomes her right away. She starts to make friends thanks to her; Josh and his girl Rashim, and the gorgeous Étienne.
She already starts to fall for him a bit, but he of course has a girlfriend, who is at college now. As the school year goes on, she tours the city of Paris, becomes best friends with Étienne, and continues with her love of the cinema. Then of course the drama begins. Her best friend has been hiding something from her, she has confused emotions about how she feels for Étienne especially since he already has someone, and there are other students spreading rumours about her.
This is one book I was not expecting to be so good, it just had me engaged the whole time. I loved Anna, and I could feel what she was going through the whole time because it was written so well. There were a few moments where I even wanted to cry with her.
This is the perfect contemporary and romance book, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read something of those genres, and anyone who wants to try something new and fun.