Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Life was just getting good for Anna Oliphant……. After lusting after her co-worker Toph for SOOO long she’d finally got what she wanted: a kiss, and the hopes of something more to happen between them. Then her too tan, self-absorbed dad decides to ruin it by sending her to boarding school in Paris (poor dear), without a word of French bar ‘Oui’ which she thought was spelled ‘Wee’ (honest mistake). It is in Paris, the city of love, that she embarks on her own quest for love or rather tries to put an abrupt stop to it.

Anna and the French Kiss is book one in the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, and is Stephanie Perkins’ debut novel.  It is told from the point of view of Anna Oliphant, a 17 year old American girl obsessed with critiquing films, who has to adapt to living alone in a boarding school in France called The School of America. It is here she bumps into Étienne St. Clair. Literally.

Étienne is your typical stud. Beautiful, popular, constantly being trailed by a group of girls….. Oh and he just so happens to have an ENGLISH ACCENT!! His only downfall: he’s taken.

Anna, being in the same circle as him at school, has to deal with her growing attraction to him in silence. But wait a second? Do his eyes linger a bit too much on her? Does he sit next to her every day at lunch? Yes and yes.  Étienne is just as interested in her as she is in him. The question is will something be done about it? Or will they both just have to ignore their budding romance?

I really enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss. It was a quick and easy read with a cute storyline. However, I was not amazed by the book. I had heard great things about the book, and I had gone in to the book completely pumped….. But it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Anna annoyed me a bit, as did a few of her friends. I just wanted to shake her and tell her to get over herself.  I enjoyed Perkins’ style of writing though. It was very fluid and enough happened to keep me interested in finding out the ending. I am certainly planning on picking up the next two books in the series. If you are a fan of contemporary and a sweet love story, I would highly recommend this book.

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