Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

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4 stars

I think it’s been six or seven books since I last read just a light, beautiful young adult romance and it’s exactly what I needed to take a break from all the heavy paranormal, fantasy and dystopias I’ve been reading like crazy. I didn’t realise I’d missed reading books where there’s no magical third party involved until I started Anna and the French Kiss. It’s nice to read a book were I can imagine everything happening in real life.
France. Man ,I wanna go to a boarding School in France. Why didn’t my parents every send me to SOAP.

“Soap?”
“School of America in Paris” he explains. “SOAP”.
Nice. My father sent me here to be cleansed.”

Seriously, I think everyone out there in the world wants to, at some point in their lives, visit Paris but after reading this book I WANT TO GO NOW. I want to go to all the places Anna explores. I want to go to one of the cool movie theatres. I want to go to Point Zero Dec Routes De France, so I can stand on the point in which all distances in France are measured (which by the way, I didn’t know was a thing but tres cool!). After reading Anna and the French Kiss I now have a burning desire to travel – guess I better get saving.

Anna is created in such a realistic way, she honestly kept reminding me of friends I have in the way she’d process things and the sarcastic, witty things she’d think to herself. I can imagine Anna having an amazing, hilarious Tumblr (that’s like the perfect description of Anna’s personality). I loved reading Anna growing and becoming a better person, more confident and adventure. I can easily imagine me being really intimated to go exploring in a city where they don’t speak English, so I loved reading Anna getting over that fear and becoming stronger.

“I’m a little distracted by this English French American Boy Masterpiece.”

I don’t know if there actually is an American citizen who has a French name, was raised in England (therefore has an English accent) and has amazing hair, out there in the world but if there is I BAGS HIM. Entendu? Etienne St. Clair is marvellous. (And please tell me I’m not the only one who throughout the entire novel had no idea how to pronounce Etienne?) He is so, so, so sweet and charismatic and caring and protective and FLAILING!!! However, I can’t lie I was kind of hating on myself for my continuous love of St. Clair – his retarded, ideocracy, dumb ass taking so long to leave his stupid girlfriend and stringing Anna along in the process was making me SO MAD. But then the next line he’s say/do something so amazing and I’d swoon. (Amy, way to be a strong female, standing up for other females. GOD).

I loved the romance between Anna and St. Clair. I love a friend-into-something-more romance and these two where the epitome of that. I love this idea that they found their home in each other and not a place. I also loved that once Anna realised she loved St. Clair she started calling him Etienne, because no one else did and it was like her own personal way of saying I love you.

I reach for him. “St. Clair-”
He pulls back. “And that.Why don’t you call me Etienne anymore?”
“But…no one else calls you that.It was weird.Right?”
“No.It wasn’t.” His expression saddens. “And every time you say ‘St. Clair,’ it’s like you’re rejecting me again.”
“I have never rejected you.”

I can’t wait to continue to read about these two in the coming companion novels. Especially in Isla and Josh’s book which I’m already predicating is going to be AWESOME, because Josh was one of my favourite characters in the book.
Overall, this book is just what I needed to outside of my usual reads, it’s easy, fun and light and who doesn’t love reading a book with an awesome chick and a swoon worthy guy. I’m going to make sure to read more young adult romances in the future, I need a break from all the imaginary worlds and to be brought back to just sweet first love book.

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About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

5 Responses

  1. Oh.. those quotes! I only finished this book yesterday, but after reading this, I have a strong impulse to go re-read it again! I’ll be posting my review soon, too, but I’m afraid it’s going to be too long—the feels!

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