Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?
I’m going to admit right now that the main reason I picked this book up the first time is because of it’s setting – Paris, France. Also known as one of my dream destinations, but I’ll take reading about it until I actually do get to visit.
This story is about a Georgia girl, Anna, who is forced to spend her senior year at an American boarding school. Of course, unlike any other girl her age, she’s not happy with this decision. And why would she be? She all alone in France and she doesn’t even speak French! Even though while reading you’re thinking, ‘why isn’t this girl more excited to be in Paris?’ you also understand where her feelings of doubt come from. Anna is a very relatable character and you definitely become attached to her and the friends she meets while attending this new school.
Which brings us to St. Clair. You can’t help but swoon over this fictional guy! His entire demeanor is enough to make girls everywhere fall in love with him! And the British accent helps, of course. He immediately attaches himself to Anna, quickly becoming her best friend at this new school as he helps her to get out of her comfort zone and explore what Paris has to offer. Aside from his lovable personality, Stephanie Perkins has made him a more realistic character for girls to fall in love with. Yes, he’s gorgeous, but he’s also not your cliché tall and built young man. In fact, St. Clair is short, which is something he doesn’t quite like about himself, but he’s learned to deal with it. Perkins gets that not every guy has to be over 6 feet tall and that was more of a reason I loved St. Clair.
So what’s the problem with Anna and St. Clair’s friendship? Well, St. Clair has a girlfriend. As if we didn’t see that coming. Of course Anna’s new, attractive friend is taken. But that doesn’t stop her from starting to have romantic feelings towards him. And is it possible St. Clair is starting to feel the same way?
Anna and the French Kiss is a great young-adult romance that will have you gushing like the fan-girl you are. There’s the obvious romance, the building and downfall of friendships, parents that you love and ones you hate, and despite some of the characters’ not-so-smart choices, you can’t help but love them!
Rating: 5/5 stars