Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2, 2010
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Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind - until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?
Did I enjoy this book? Yes, I adored it.
Will it stick with me? Probably not.
This is officially the first Stephanie Perkins book I've read. Ever. And I'm so glad I got a beautiful book to introduce me to her writing. Her style is beautiful and intriguing; definitely a style that I would want to come back to!
The characters were fun and sweet, but filled to the brim with angst. It seemed like everyone was falling out with someone every page of the book. At first I loved this (finally teenagers being correctly portrayed!), but eventually it got a bit much. No one can keep up that level of angst all day without feeling exhausted. No wonder they drink so much coffee!
The setting of Paris was exciting to read about and different from most contemporaries that seem to be set in America. However the novelty soon wore off when Anna stopped exploring France as much and began pining for home. We didn't even get to see her do many touristic things as you'd expecting her to because she was pining after St Clair.
It wasn't as life-changing as I expected it to be (after all the hype that had happened). I did enjoy it and felt appropriately attached to the characters. Even though it wraps up nicely (ish) in this book I will read the other two books to see the Stephanie Perkins grow and evolve.