I’ve been really struggling lately to read reviews and to be honest I’m not exactly sure why. After all, I’ve been consuming just as much young adult fiction (if not more) lately, so I can’t place my finger on the problem.
I’ve decided it’s my format. It takes me hours, over a span of days, to be happy with a review I’ve written. So over the next few weeks I’m going to be experimenting with how I throw these things together.
So here goes:
Anna and the French Kiss- by Stephanie Perkins
Publication: December 2, 2010
Recommendation: Cute, Sweet YA Romance Read, Go for it.
My Reading Method: READS downloadable library book (Thanks Madisonville Public Library!)
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?
***WARNING-MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!***
^ I still feel like I have to say that even when I don’t think I’m going to give much away. Y’all are not reliable with what makes you angry.
My Top 5 Thoughts in Anna and the French Kiss
- Anna is damn cute. Etinne is freakin cute. This book is just cute cute cute. The adorableness of the entire story made me feel like I was lounging in the warm embrace of a kindle of kittens.
- The entire story is romance-focused. There will literally be zero other plotlines that do not center around the two MCs crushing on each other. The main conflict Anna has to deal with is that Etinne has a girlfriend. That’s it. (Oh, and that she doesn’t know French while living in France- but I don’t think that counts.) You’re only going to like this story if you’re a fan of books that go heavy on the lovey-dovey.
- Unrealistic making of friends/ love interest. Anna is immediately accepted into the ‘cool’ group and ‘falls in love’ with the ‘popular boy’ that everyone else just happens to also be in love with. (This is, I believe, everyone’s dream, but rarely reality. However… if you like that in a book, then this should work for you.)
- Can we please just call Anna’s father Nicholas Sparks and get on with it?
- Lots of crying. Lots of bad communication. However, expect a happy ending.
Overall: Mega sweet story, I can see how so many people like it. After all, I had been avoiding this book for years (Ugh, the name is just awful. I didn’t want anyone to even see the title on my Kindle) but I didn’t really hate any aspect of it. Is it exciting? No. Like Romances and first world problems? This is an easy happy read just for you.