Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Teen Fiction, Romance Fiction
Publication Date: December 2, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
ISBN-13 Book: 9780525423270
Source: I received a copy of the book for review for work on my states teen book award committee. This is my honest review!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When her father sends her off to the School of America Paris Anna is angry. Forced to leave her home, her family, and friends for her senior year of high school was not her idea. Then she meets Étienne St. Clair and everything changes.
I have seen dozens and dozens of reviews for this book, and on the whole everybody has loved it. I think that kind of set me up for disappointment. I was expecting so much from this novel, and while it did deliver an exceptional story—I was still left wanting more.
Okay, you want to talk about mixed reviews—this is certainly going to be one! On one hand I loved this book. I loved the characters, the setting, the love story, etc… On the other hand, I was frustrated by this book. Anna was whiny at times and quick to jump to conclusions. Some parts were a bit predictable, and I also find myself wondering how memorable will this book be several months down the road. As I said, I am at odds of over this book.
The pacing is spot on. From the very beginning I couldn’t put this book down. Perkins hooks you from the first page and invests you in the lives of her characters and this unique setting. Never once did the pacing falter.
The characters are charming. These are people you want to know and be friends with. I loved how easily they accepted Anna into their group. I did find Anna to be a bit whiny at times and more than a bit self-absorbed. She moons over how perfect she though St. Clair was, which several times gave me flashbacks to the heroine of a certain popular vampire series. I do like that she eventually saw St. Clair’s flaws as well as her own, but sometimes the mooning over him got to be a bit much.
The setting was perfect for this novel. I loved when the characters left school to explore Paris and visit different places. I was surprised by how much freedom these students had, but glad of it also—they couldn’t have been traipsing around Paris if they didn’t have that kind of freedom.
Overall this was an interesting novel and a fun romance. In some ways I could picture it in my head like scenes playing out in a movie. The characters were interesting, the pacing perfect, I just wish I hadn’t put it on such a high pedestal, because it came up a little short. Definitely a fun book to read though.
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