Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
By Stephanie Perkins
Publisher:
Speak

To Sum It Up: Anna Oliphant knows she should be excited about spending her senior year in France, but she can’t stop thinking about all the things she is forced to leave behind, including her younger brother, her best friend, and her crush. The only things that can help Anna adjust to and begin enjoying France are her new friends, in particular, the handsome Étienne St. Clair. Although St. Clair already has a girlfriend, their friendship might turn into something more.

Review: Anna and the French Kiss was a pleasant break from my usual paranormal books. At first I was skeptical, but I was surprised by how much I really liked it. I have to say, Lee really knows how to pick a book! Now besides the setting (France!!!), the element that really pulled me in was the characters. All of the characters were easy to like and very relatable.

Anna was easy to relate to, funny, and an overall good person. Her inner struggle throughout the book shows that she has strong morals and also strives to be a good friend. Anna knows that St. Clair has a girlfriend, but she can’t help her growing feelings for him. St. Clair was just awesome! He is hilarious, sweet, charming, and he has a British accent! St. Clair also battles with himself throughout the story. These inner demons make Anna and St. Clair human and get the reader to sympathize with them. Oh, and Meredith, she is a giant Beatles fan! And if that isn’t enough to make you love her, she is super nice!

Anna was such a fast read. It wasn’t overly dramatic or cliché like I expected. I was worried it was going to be like a bad episode of Degrassi. I know I keep saying it, but the story was totally relatable (well, besides maybe going to school in France). When I read a contemporary book (which is rare), I expect it to be relatable. Stephanie Perkins did a great job making the story believable, which made the book more enjoyable.

All in All: Anna and the French Kiss was an amazing novel! I loved it! It’s not a book for everyone, but if you’re a sucker for a well written love story, this is the perfect book for you. This is going onto my to-buy list.

16 comments:

  1. Oh it sounds so good.
    I too rarely read a book that doesn't have some paranormal/fantasy aspect, but when I do, Its only.for a romance!
    Thanks for the awesome review! :) I'm adding it to my TBR list now.

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    1. Thanks! This book is definitely worth reading; I hope you like it. :)

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  2. It's on my to read list. I have yet to read a negative review on this book. I wish I was finished reading my other books already, lol!

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    1. I know that feeling! It is so worth the wait! :)

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  3. Thanks for the lovely review! I won this in a giveaway and can't wait to read it! :)

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    1. Thanks! Lucky you, it's a great book! :)

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  4. Just like you I'm a bit hesitant to read it, because I normally don't read contemporary. But I heard so many great things about it and contemporary is growing on me! Thanks for the amazing review!

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    1. Thanks! It was a pleasant surprise; now I'm more open to contemporary books. :)

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  5. I am a sucker for a well written love story and I loved Anna and the French Kiss. I am glad you did too.

    Becky @ A Reader’s Devotion

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    1. Me too! I'm soo glad Lee forced me to read it! :)

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  6. I love it when a story is relatable! I love the sound of this book and everyone seems to love it. I really want to read this book. :) Glad you liked it.

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    1. I think this book is almost impossible to dislike, hope you like it too. :)

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  7. Great review! I felt the same way about this book.. it's just a very cute story :3

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    1. I agree! Glad you liked it too! :)

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  8. I'm always happy to hear that people like this book, it really is SO sweet! Great review :)

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    1. Thanks! It was a great book, I wish I had read it sooner! :)

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