Review of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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?

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I don't think I've read a single bad review of this. Now I've finally read it, I can understand why. This is one of the most perfectly written books I have ever read. The writing and story is so beautiful that I was completely lost in it, I looked up after what felt like hours blissfully following Anna in Paris, only to discover only 10 minutes had gone by. It was very disorientating. When I finished it, I wanted to cry. I wanted more! I want to read every bit of their story until Anna and Etienne are old and wearing incontinence pants.

The romance between Anna wasn't a typical YA 'Oh hi, we're dating now' romance. It was very slow and frustrating, full of twists and turns. Like it should be! Etienne is gorgeous (in my mind anyway) and more importantly, he feels real. Not like cardboard. He has thoughts, feelings, emotions. I nearly fell over laughing when he threw up all over Anna. Needless to say, the characters should not be allowed near alcohol. I think there was only one cardboard person in this and that was Amanda, your typical posh brat who wanted Etienne for herself. I wanted someone to punch her.

One thing I discovered when reading was that I've retained a lot more French than I wanted to at High School. I easily translated a whole sentence and then sat there giggling whilst Anna tried to work it out. French has never been my favourite language because I always link it to High School but I like it a little more now.

If you're looking for a romance that feels real, with all the twists and turns and bumps in the road that real romances have, one that you can lose yourself in, buy this. And then buy the rest of Stephanie's books. When you've read them, bug her until she writes more. I know I will...

5/5

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