Saturday, December 31, 2011

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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?

I equally liked and dislike Anna and the French Kiss. I hate when this happens because I don’t know how to review the book. So I’m going to start with what I did like.

The author knows how to write and thanks to that I finished the book. She knows how to keep the readers engaged and entertain. I loved how she described Paris and the Parisian people; it made me want to visit Paris. The characters were great especially St. Clair and Josh. St. Clair wasn’t perfect like all the main characters are. He was beautiful but he wasn’t tall (there’s nothing wrong with being short because I’m really short) usually your main character is tall; lets just say St. Clair was different and I loved it. Josh is not a main character in the book but his presence is so strong you know he is there. And the ending I think was the best part of the book.
To me the book was too long and nothing much different happened between the main characters. Unfortunately I didn’t like Anna as much as I wanted to. Sometimes she seemed a little selfish and didn’t see her own mistakes but at the end she realizes that she’s not perfect. To me the chemistry between St. Clair and Anna wasn’t strong, until the end of the book. They were all over the place when they finally realize they liked each other..

The book is an easy and quick read. It was cute and had good characters.


Now I’m going to tell you what I did not like about the book with details. Keep in mind that no matter what I say here you should read the book and decide if you like it for yourself. This is just my personal opinion.

First of all I think the title is cool but wrong for this book. Because of the title I was waiting for a kiss that didn’t come until the end of the book. If the title was different I would have like the book better.

The characters had a lot of opportunity to kiss but never did. I don’t mind when this happens: Boy and Girl like each other and you feel the tension building up and they are about to kiss but they don’t for X reason. I quite like when this happens but not when it happens too many times. It was just painful to read these scenes in the book.

Finally, Anna and St. Clair’s relationship. It began nice they were friends and did everything together and supported each other, but when they realized that they liked each other everything went wrong. They were fighting a lot and they wouldn’t stay mad at each other for more than five minutes at a time. They fought, made up and act like nothing happened. It was just a little dysfunctional.

These are my reactions while reading the book:


“Cool! I like where the book is going!

Half way:

“Hmmmmm… Anna and the French Kiss?”

Almost done:

“Ok, I have decided the title of this book is misleading. It’s more like Anna and the nonexistent make out session”

End of the book:
“Finally!! Good ending but, why wait so long?”

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