Friday, 7 December 2012

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

 Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: Anna was 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. So she's 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.


"Because if he likes me, he's not in any state to begin a relationship. Or deal with the breakup of an old one. And if he doesn't like me, then I'd probably lose those friendship."

Can someone please tell me why I just read this? I totally understand why almost everyone's in love with this book. It's set in Paris, Etienne would sweep you off your feet and it's so good. Really.

I can't believe anyone would not want to study in Paris. I mean, it's freakin Paris! But I guess no one would want to leave their whole life behind and start a new one all by yourself. Good thing there are a group of kids who welcomed you when you arrived. Good thing there's someone among them who guided you and became one of your best friends.

I love Anna's POV. Her naivety was amusing and the tone of the POV gave me a concrete image of how she looks and how she acts among her peers. She's so cute and girly and funny. But underneath those was a film critic in training, which makes her smart.

Etienne was a total babe too! I mean he was cute, not to mention that bloody accent but the way he acts with his friends and his love for his mother was beyond adorable. His definitely not one of those typical bad boys who hides their pain away from the world. He's just Etienne, who hates his dad and stuck with his Ellie and fears losing someone in his life. And it was out for everyone who cares to know.

I wish I knew more about why Anna was shipped to a boarding school in Paris though. It seems abrupt for his father to let her live their alone. I wish Toph's arseholeness (is that even a word?) was emphasized cos I honestly want to understand Bridgette and know that he just lead on Anna.

"For the two of us, home isn't a place. It's a person. And we're finally home."

Perkins did a good job in entertaining and teaching me a lesson about friendship. And although it focused on Anna and Etienne's relationship with each other, I can see how friendship was given emphasis.

The push and pull of their relationship was also well-written and didn't bored me at all. I just love how Etienne tried to conquer his fear to tell Anna his feelings. I was smiling the whole time and read it, with an accent, out loud.

I'm looking forward to read Lola and the Boy Next Door! Can't wait for Perkins' future books.