TITLE: Anna and the French Kiss
AUTHOR: Stephanie Perkins
PUB DATE: Dec 10 2012
Summary from Goodreads:
"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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?"
Anna’s father is a well known author, and with that comes the idea (since he’s rich and all) of sending Anna to boarding school – in Paris. Now to think getting to study in Paris is an amazing experience, but not to Anna. She feels like she’s leaving her entire life in Atlanta and venture into the unknown.
But lo and behold, things seem to work out for her after all. Getting shipped off to Paris wasn’t as bad as she thought. She makes new friends, eats great food, explores the wonderful city, and befriends swoon-worthy, Etienne St. Claire. Too bad he has a girlfriend, and Anna is somewhat “unavailable” as well.
While things might be getting bad over at Atlanta, she find comfort in hanging out with St. Claire. Gladly he feels likewise, but with this comes the growing feeling of falling in love with the already-taken best friend. And as Anna tries to fight off her feelings for St. Claire, he somehow makes it even harder...
I never thought I’d find myself enjoy a contemporary chic lit novel this much. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy chic literatures now and then but I never found them as lovable as Anna and the French Kiss. It’s so cute and light that it makes me mushy. I have no idea why it is a wonderful story, it just is!
There are several things that made this book work for me: I admire Anna for trying to do the right thing. She doesn’t want to be the girl that a guy cheats with over their girlfriends. I like the idea that St. Claire isn’t the tall, dark, handsome dude that has been the stereotype over male leads. The idea of being in Paris is just divine! *sigh* Who doesn’t want to experience touring Paris, right?
Anna and St. Claire’s story just proves that love really does happen in so many forms. You can’t settle for the images of a love story that you, yourself formulated on your own. When it happens, it happens... and it’s your choice whether to take the leap or not.
Anna and the French Kiss is the epitome of a cheesy chick flick – there’s the romantic setting (Paris), a protag looking to fit in (Anna), the hot but unfortunately unavailable best friend (St. Claire), and then there’s the ever beautiful girlfriend of the best friend. Come to think of it, there’s nothing really new to this book... BUT Stephanie Perkins sure knows how to turn a simple story to an all out beautiful, tickled pink tale.