Review: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publish Date: December 2, 2010
Synopsis (via 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?
Cover: To be honest, I wish they would have shown St. Clair on the cover. Like I think I have a description of him in my mind, but I would like to see an actual picture of him. He's sort of hard to picture. The cover for Anna and the French Kiss is okay. It's not so basic that it's perfect, but it doesn't have a lot going on. I think it's easy to pass over which I have done for it before. It needs something that makes it pop and draws the eye.
Characters: Alright, I have to start this off with Anna. I do not like her. She seemed like a Perfect Polly to me. She has never been kissed, yet she has all of these guys going after each other. She falls for a guy that has a girlfriend and proclaims her love for him. She just irritated me. She was always crying for no reason. I just didn't like her. It was sort of like she had all of these problems that just miraculously fixed themselves. It didn't seem realistic.
Etienne St. Clair was just dreamy. I really liked how conflicted he was with his life, and I could feel his struggles. Though, he did seem like a bad friend.
Rashmi kind of seemed like she was thrown into the book at random moments. It was like she was an afterthought. I would love to know more about her and Josh.
Plot: The characters were kind of sucky, but this plot was amazing. I could not put the book down even if I was scoffing at Anna the whole time. I've never wanted to visit Paris before, but after reading this I want to go! It sounds so beautiful! And I do love the whole boyfriend-has-a-girlfriend-but-likes-another-girl plot. I don't think they were in love because that sounds unrealistic, but I understand the feelings for someone who you aren't dating. That might just be me. The plot was great, and I would love to find out more about the people's lives.
Ending: The ending was kind of predictable. That's all I have to say on that.
Overall: It was sort of a predictable, cheesy book but I could not put it down. It captured my attention. It only took me like three days to read if that says anything. The characters were average, but I feel as if they have great potential. The setting was fabulous. Perkins writes great descriptions of places. I felt as if I was actually in Paris. It was great!
About the Author:
Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.