Friday, December 10, 2010

Review of Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I decided to read Anna And The French Kiss after reading this tweet, because after that review, who WOULDN'T?

Anna's been sent away to a Parisian boarding school for Americans by her father, and she's not happy about it. She's left behind her mother, little brother, best friend, and almost-boyfriend.

Scared to be in a foreign country, she's relieved to have her neighbour, Meredith, take her under her wing. Through Meredith, Anna meets Etienne St. Clair, perfect in all aspects except one: his girlfriend. But what does that matter if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home?

The characters in this book, and their relationships, were amazing and felt real. Anna's funny, smart, nervous about living in a country of which she doesn't speak the language, and slightly OCD. She feels like your average, relatable teen. The supporting characters all have unique personalities and stand out from each other.

The romance in this book is amazing. It's clear from the start that Anna and Etienne have a lot of chemistry. I've already said how great a character Anna is, but Etienne is, if not as good, better. He's attractive, funny, sweet, yet still has the flaws that make him feel less like a cliche chick-lit love interest and more like a real person.

The writing style is beautiful and the first person perspective leaves you really feeling for Anna. The plot was good, and the characters had to work for their happy endings. Things didn't just fall into place, and characters weren't just instantly forgiven.

Anna And The French Kiss feels like a mix between Sarah Dessen's and Maureen Johnson's novels. It's probably one of my favorite chick-lit novels ever. I can't pick a single fault in it. I rate it 5 out 5, and look forward to its two companion novels: Lola And The Boy Next Door and Isla And The Happily Ever After.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

This is the second rave review I've read today, and now I'm dying to read it! Great review, Skye! :D

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