Anna and the French Kiss (Spoiler-Free)

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I finally read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and my only regret is that I hadn’t read it sooner. I had seen it all over bookstagram and although (as you know) I’m all for love and romance, I was hesitant to actually read it; mainly because I had other books that I wanted to read first. …Mainly books with magic. So I settled for shuffling it around my TBR list instead. Well. Lesson learned. I devoured this book. Okay, “devoured” sounds creepy… or at least more suited to a darker novel, which Anna most certainly was not. …Okay, never mind, my husband just told me “devoured” is a fitting verb πŸ˜› Devoured it is! Anyway, I finished this book in less than two days. That’s how into it I was. If you’d like to learn more, read on for my spoiler-free thoughts!

Genre
YA contemporary romance

Intended Audience
YA or anyone who enjoys YA romance or romance in general

Overview (from Barnes & Noble)
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?

Setting
Anna takes place in Paris, France – primarily at a boarding school – and for a very tiny fraction of the story, in Atlanta, Georgia. I already wanted to go to Paris before reading this (because, of course), but now I need to go to Paris. And I now wish I went to a European boarding school. Even if it couldn’t be Hogwarts.

Characters
Told through Anna’s perspective, this novel allowed us to really connect with her and get a strong sense of her personality – an aspect I always appreciate in a book, because it makes a character’s experiences and feelings that much more potent. And, of course, we get to see other characters through her eyes, so in a way, we’re able to see two different versions of them: Anna’s version and the version we arrive at ourselves when taking in all the details and little hints. When done right. And I do believe Perkins did it right. And how awesome is the name Etienne St. Clair? πŸ˜‰

What I Liked
As I kinda-sorta-maybe mentioned above, I loved Perkins’ writing style! The characters jumped right off the pages, there was a steady flow that moved the story along at a nice pace, and there was just enough detail to give life to the settings and scenarios without weighing the story down.

And the feels! Perkins perfectly captured the angst, hope, pain, ecstasy, confusion, excitement, and frustration of the romantic drama that so often plagues teens and young adults. (Who am I kidding, these things don’t necessarily have an age limit, amiright?). Needless to say, I was uber nostalgic. Anna made me miss high school and college. The social aspect – not the homework πŸ˜›

I also appreciated the life lessons and messages conveyed here. It wasn’t a simple light and fluffy romance novel. Some important take-aways involved communication, the ability to see a situation or scenario from perspectives other than your own, and the ability to be honest with yourself. All important!

What I Liked A Little Less
Nothing! Oh, wait-

Nope, just kidding. I liked everything πŸ™‚

Score
I gave Anna and the French Kiss 5/5 stars. I definitely think it lived up to the hype.

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