Saturday, January 14, 2017

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Star Rating : 4.5 stars out of 5 
Content Rating : 

Back Cover :
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 √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have away of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?" 

My Thoughts :
I read this book in high school first. Since, I think I had reread it at least 3 or 4 times; because, I love this book. Really love it. It’s just so sweet and cute and adorable. And, while I was reading some other reviews, people were complaining that it’s just another story about privileged white kids having first world problems. Which is true, but kids like that have stories and they matter too. It’s a cute story that we all hope would happen to us in a way. Long story short, READ THIS BOOK! It’s the first book in a trilogy and, while I think the third book is my favorite, all of the books are so great.

I rate this book MODERATE because of a few intense kissing scenes and talk of sex. There is also a scene where characters are drunk and there is a little cussing.

What I liked :
  •  The Characters: They seem so real to me. All the characters have quirks and weird things that they like and they all just click. They’re the kind of friends that everyone wants. Everyone wants to be in that group of friends that they just click with. They go to old movies and critique it, play soccer all day, draw everywhere, are all brainiacs, or have a weird Napoleon complex. They’re great. And the interactions they have feels so real.
  • Anna and St. Clair: They actually talk. They’re friends before anything romantic happens. They become best friends before they have a relationship. And it makes me laugh that St. Clair is shorter than Anna; because, it’s so cute and adorable and is perfect for them.
  • The Setting: I’m going to sound so typical and awful but I love Paris! I read this book before I went on a high school trip to Paris and it was just amazing. I loved every second I was in Paris. And I like how Perkins uses the setting to her advantage. Anna and St. Clair make Point Zero their spot and they make it seem magical. Point Zero is literally a circular rock in front of Notre Dame, but they make it magical simply because it’s their spot.

What I didn’t like :
  • The Title: THE TITLE IS AWFUL! I am always embarrassed to recommend this book to a friend. I have to say, “The title is horrible, but the book is so good!” Every. Single. Time.
  • The Pace: Ok, I love this book, and I understand why it took so long for Anna and St. Clair to get together; but, COME ON! There were so many missed opportunities and it drove me nuts. I just wanted to yell at them to get it together already.

What others are saying :
"Magical. Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love." -- Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series 

"From the magical streets of Paris to its charming narrator, Anna and the French Kiss has it all. A wonderfully winning book!" --Robin Benway, author of Audrey, Wait! and "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June" 

"No one captures the exhilarating and exhausting but-does-he-like-me?!' question better than Stephanie Perkins. A scrumptious read." --Justina Chen, author of "North of Beautiful" 

"Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." --Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and "Scarlett Fever" 

Reviewed by Lydia Jones

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