I’ve been reading these books in order (I still have to read Isla and the Happily Ever After but I also have to wait for the paperback because I’m OCD about my book buying), but I’m reviewing them out of order. Anna and the French Kiss is the first book by Stephanie Perkins in her companion trilogy but I’ve already written about the second book, Lola and the Boy Next Door. Both stories are contemporary young adult and if you’re in the mood for a great slow burn romance, prepare to swoon. I actually preferred Anna to Lola, but only ever so slightly. And I think it’s because of the setting. Anna’s story takes place in Paris which is the city of love and a place I’ve always dreamed of visiting. She gets sent to boarding school and throughout the novel she explores the city while gradually falling for Etienne St. Clair. And oh my goodness, the feels I have for this boy. *fans self*
A big reason of why I fell in love with St. Clair is because he’s such a real teenage boy. There are things he does which make me want to shake him and scream “NO! STOP!” in his face until he handles some of his emotions better. I also really appreciated how long it took for the Anna and St. Clair to acknowledge their feelings towards one another. They connected deeply and formed a strong friendship because they bonded over a mutual love of the arts (Anna for films and St. Clair for art). Anna was also authentically teenage and I appreciated her quirks (like her OCD neatness which I can relate to). She’s very shy but she’s also sarcastic so her internal monologue is really pleasing to be part of. I love that Anna is so passionate about films and I can relate to her wanting to see as many as possible and continue to improve the way she writes reviews.
Anna and the French Kiss is packed with swoonworthy moments and a healthy dose of drama. It didn’t feel like the drama was overly dramatic or too romantic-comedy like. It’s a very natural progression for the story to flow into. I was absolutely rooting for Anna and Etienne since the moment they became friends and Stephanie Perkins’ story left me feeling oh so satisfied. I am even considering re-reading the book soon.
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? (via Goodreads)