Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Series: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Stephanie Perkins’ debut novel Anna and the French Kiss came out in 2010. I know I’m a little late to the party here: but better late than never right?
Anna is about to start her senior year of high school, and rather than spending it in Atlanta with best friend Bridgette and crush Toph her father ships her off to boarding school in Paris.
For a girl who doesn’t want to be there and doesn’t speak French, the experience starts off as a struggle. But things start to look up when she finds herself a group of friends—one of which being Étienne St. Clair. He’s smart, charming, attractive, and has a girlfriend.
Anna and the French Kiss is a story of confused feelings, almost kisses, and making wishes in the City of Light.
It’s a light read, with nothing too heavy writing style and content wise. I enjoyed it and found myself finishing it quickly. Right after I moved onto the second book in the series Lola and the Boy Next Door.
While the plot might follow the map of a typical YA romance novel—just set in Paris—it’s Anna and St. Clair’s relationship along with their characterization that keeps the novel interesting.
The relationship between Anna and St. Clair can be frustrating at times, but does a good job mirroring the struggle of figuring out an attraction to a friend, and no less a friend with a significant other. Then there’s the additional tension between friends and family members that adds some depth.
And if I’m being honest, St. Clair is reason enough to read the novel. There’s no question why Anna falls for him, because I did too.
You can find Anna and the French Kiss on Amazon. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments!