Book: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Read: 2nd January, 2016
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?
Let’s just start off by saying…wow, what an incredible novel. I absolutely loved everything about this, from characters to plot to pacing to writing to setting, etc. you get the point.
Do you ever get that feeling when you know a book is special? How it just feels like such an important part of your life after you’ve read it? That’s how I feel about this one.
Late 2014 I read a book called “My True Love Gave to Me” which was edited by Perkins, and had a short story in it written by her, I instantly fell in-love with that, so I hoped the same thing would happen here. It’s safe to say I was not disappointed.
Perhaps the most incredible of all of the things in this book, the setting, THE SETTING people. I have never, and I mean ever read a book in-which I was so thoroughly attentive and enthralled with a setting, I just completely fell in-love with Anna’s Paris. By far, my favourite setting I have ever read about.
Honestly, Perkins has truly made me want to both A) visit France, and B) learn how to speak French. I was encapsulated with the beauty of the language throughout the novel, as quite a-lot was included,
maybe I could teach myself.. whattya say google translate?
Moving onto the characters, even though I’m still not over the setting, but anyway…
Shall we start with Anna? I loved our protagonist so much! She was so relatable, real and fun, her view was just so great to read from and I felt as if I was living through her at times. Anna’s definitely a character I’ll want to revisit in the future.
Now onto Étienne St. Clair, aka. one of the dreamiest fictional boys out there. I also loved him and the different dynamic he brought to the story, he was so complex and just…argh, loveable?! Yes.
I also enjoyed every single other character Perkins wrote into this novel, some more than others due to their actions, but hey, we won’t go there.
Perkins has now made it to my very short list of ‘favourite authors’, and even though I’ve read very little by her, I have no doubt she has already earned her rightful spot on said list. The writing, whether it be the descriptions of the city, characters, witty dialogue or simply just internal monologue was fantastic.
This book is one that I could
and probably will get lost in over and over again, and is definitely one that’ll hit right in the nostalgic feels over time. Thank you Stephanie Perkins for this magical story, and everything that it holds. It’s a new favourite, and one that I will cherish forever.
So, if you can’t tell by my gushing, you should go and read this book right now (if you haven’t already).
Yeah that’s it,