Release: December 2, 2010
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?Yes, I just now read this. I know, how terrible of me.
Anna and the French Kiss charmed me, and honestly what I loved most about it was how vividly everything appeared in my imagination. Stephanie Perkins brought each aspect of the book to life, so much that upon turning the last page, I thought to myself, "I must convince my parents to send me to the School of America in Paris!" Then I realized, "Wait… it doesn't actually exist!"
The other thing that really stood out was the way that Perkins wrote the characters. Each one of them represented one of your stereotypical high school personalities, but added their own twist. In Anna, you see the new girl who falls in love with the most popular guy in school and obsesses over whether or not he returns her affections. However, her own quirks set her apart, making her a hilarious, witty, unforgettable main character. St. Clair embodies the cliché "golden boy" personality, but yet he is not perfect; he struggles with his fear of solitude and his issues with his father.
To whom would I recommend Anna and the French Kiss? Anyone and everyone who likes romance novels and has not yet read this. Although I doubt that there are many people left who fit both categories.