Author: Stephanie Perkins
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 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? -Goodreads
I’ve heard of Stephanie Perkins and her books, but I was never really interested in them until I saw this book, Anna and the French Kiss, sitting on the shelf at my library.
Not only did my recognition of the book urge me to pick it up, but Lauren Myracle’s review at the back did, too. And we all know that I adore Lauren Myracle’s writing.
This book was written in first person in Anna’s POV, and in present tense. It took a little getting used to because usually, the books I read written in present tense are in the dystopian genre.
This would be categorized into the contemporary genre, correct? I don’t read much contemporary, and if you don’t either, Anna and the French Kiss is the PERFECT book to start with. I absolutely loved it!
Okay! Onto the review.
I felt the book started very hastily. I suppose that’s good, getting to the point, but it was like, “Oh my God, my dad is completely crazy for sending me to a boarding school in Paris! And my mom is even crazier for agreeing with him! UGH!” Complaints, complaints… Very realistic 😀 I just wasn’t sure how I felt about the fast start.
The book was so funny, though. I really enjoyed the characters and their personalities and the dialogue. Haha!
St. Clair kind of reminded me of Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare) just a tad…
There was a lot of sexual tension between Anna and St. Clair going on, which was awesomesauce 😀 She kind of fended him off in the beginning–DER! He had a girlfriend! And then it was really weird and during the Thanksgiving holiday? Uh… I think St. Clair crossed the line a bit there. That’s… borderline cheating!
The “friendship” between the two just oozed awkwardness. Like when Dave was trying to ask Anna out in front of St. Clair, and Anna declined. So Dave automatically assumed there was something going on between her and St. Clair, and they way they denied it made them sound so guilty, even though there really was nothing going on between them. Yet.
I liked Bridgette, too! Well… then when she and Anna had that falling out, I didn’t like her. I felt like we didn’t really get closure between Anna and Bridgette. I mean, yeah, Anna sent Bridgette that letter of apology, but we never really saw what came of that.
I liked Josh, too. Not drunk-Josh, but sober-Josh. And I didn’t like drunk-St. Clair, either! (Though, it was kind of funny when he vomited on Anna.)
“Thanks. I forgot how to flip off the English. I’ll use the correct hand gesture next time.”
“My pleasure. Always happy to educate.”
HAHAHA! That was a conversation between Anna and St. Clair. I think they were in the fancy shmancy cafeteria at their boarding school.
“Happy Thanksgiving,” he says, handing me my ticket. “Let’s see some dead people.”
Another awesome conversation between Anna and St. Clair 😉
“Anna has a boooy-friend,” Seany chants.
Omg, isn’t that totally like the Lindsay Lohan “Freaky Friday” adaptation?! I love that movie. And the scenes were similar, too. AND THEY’RE BOTH ANNAS! 😄 In “Freaky Friday,” when Anna’s little bro was all, “Anna’s got a boyfriend,” they were in the car. When Anna’s brother from Anna and the French Kiss was like, “Anna has a boooy-friend,” they were in the car. That’s funny.
“You don’t understand.” He pulls his hand away from mine. “My mum and I depend on him. For everything! He has all of the money, and if we upset him, Mum is on the street.”
This line was so sad. Stephanie Perkins created some of the most relatable characters you could ever imagine. The whole story was very realistic and it wasn’t at all what I thought it would be–princess-y and all that junk.
St. Clair’s family situation made me so sad. I felt for him.
When he wasn’t at his fancy boarding school, St. Clair lived with his mom in San Fransisco, while his father lived in Paris with his many mistresses. St. Clair’s father controlled him and his mother, and the whole relationship was sick. St. Clair’s dad wouldn’t let his mom divorce him, but he had several mistresses in Europe. St. Clair hated his father, but loved his mother–who was dying of cancer.
And on top of that, his dad wouldn’t even let him see his mom! Anna asked if his mom would ask for him, and St. Clair’s response was something along the lines of, “She wouldn’t disobey my father.” Disobey?
And then that’s when St. Clair went out with Josh and got drunk. And apparently, it was perfectly legal in France. But the whole thing was so saddening and horrible.
It got really deep–which I didn’t expect from a romance novel. Everything was so raw and realistic. Like I said, I really liked this book and am giving it… 5/5 stars. The ending was perfection and I can’t wait to pick up another Stephanie Perkins book!