Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

As Anna looks forward to her final year of high school in Atlanta, Georgia, her father flips her world upside down and sends her away to Paris. Normally, Anna would be thrilled to go on such an amazing adventure but, she would be leaving behind a good job, her best friend and a could be boyfriend. She doesn't arrive in Paris with high hopes-until she meets Etienne St. Clair. He seems like the perfect boy, a British accent, a French-American background, and an instant connection with Anna. However, she learns that he is taken, and maybe Anna could be too if anything with the boy back home develops. She and St. Clair are in the most romantic city in the world, but can all their near-misses and almost moments add up to something more?

Don't let the girly title fool you. I was wary of checking out this book and reading it because of the title and the cover. This book truly brings meaning to the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover." Written from Anna's point of view, you can experience Paris through her eyes. When Anna meets St. Clair and starts to fall in love with him, so do you. It's a novel that can show you what happens when you open yourself up to new experiences and adventures. I don't believe this book is completely centered around Anna's relationship with St. Clair or even with her other new friends, but it is focused on how she changes. She adjusts to a new place with foreign culture and language, and she's all on her own for the first time. Normally, I try to stay away from such romance novels, but this one felt very different. You fall in love with the characters, the setting, and the story itself.

If You Liked This One Check Out: The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, The Future of Us by Jay Asher, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green