Monday, September 17, 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Contemporary YA
Release: December 2, 2010
Hardcover: 372 Pages
Publisher: Dutton
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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? (Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
I don’t generally read contemporary teen novels, especially contemporary teen romance novels. Mostly because I’m 31 and not 17 and they can be so..."teenager-y”.  But this book blew my expectations out of the water.  It is so much fun!  It is witty and light and managed to stay within the realm of believability.  

Anna and the French Kiss isn’t all star crossed lovers or major misunderstandings or angsty or awkward. Yay!  The thing I really like is that both of the main characters are flawed, but not damaged.  Anna doesn’t completely lose herself to be with St. Clair and voices her opinion more than once (although sometimes without getting the whole story!)  And St. Clair won’t dump his girlfriend even though it is pretty obvious he has feelings for Anna.  To be fair, he doesn’t come across as quite the cad that sentence makes him out to be.  Both Anna and St. Clair are afraid to admit their true feelings and afraid to hurt others.  They are friends, but stuck in that murky gray area. I think a lot of people can relate to that situation.  

Anna is an extremely fun narrator and there are moments I truly laughed out loud.  A great read...even for 31 year olds! Read this!

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