Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes
Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
(Taken from Amazon.com) 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 Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?
I decided to read Anna and the French Kiss because it seemed as if everyone was saying how much of a sweet and adorable read it was. Realizing I am more into chic-lit than I lead myself to believe, I figured I would give it a shot. Anna is the daughter of a world famous author. Her father writes books that are likened to Nicholas Sparks in romance and tragedy and Anna doesn’t think much of him.
Anna is whisked away to study at the School of America (Paris) also known by the students as S.O.A.P. to finish off her remaining year in high school. Having to leave her best friend, Bridgette behind in America, as well as the boy who could have turned boyfriend, Anna is more than reluctant to study abroad. What upsets her even more is that she never even had the choice.
Anna meets a fellow schoolmate, Etienne St. Clair (who everyone calls St. Clair). St. Clair is half-French, half-American was born in the states to an American mother but grew up in England with his French-father, whom he hates. Anna is torn between her life at home and the boy she left behind, and the friendship she’s formed with taken St. Clair.
Anna and the French Kiss takes place in one of the most romantic countries in the world and is filled with mentions of the wonderful Parisian foods and locations with a little bit of history in the mix. Although I didn’t find the novel to be life-changing, it was what it was, a cute story in the heart of France. I never felt really attached to the book with the nagging urge to continue reading, but I did find it an enjoyable read. What bugged me, though, was the emotional affair that plagued St. Clair while he was attached to a long-term girlfriend. There were things that happened, that I won’t get into for the sake of spoilage, but it’s not something that was truly understandable. It wasn’t an emotional affair I could sympathize with. I think St. Clair behaved rather selfishly and Anna was too innocent and naive to stay out of it. Normally I hate infidelity in novels, and so it bugged me that infidelity was an issue. It’s very hard to root for a relationship that starts from lies. While I felt affairs were more justifiable in Something Borrowed, I don’t believe it was as easy to accept in Anna in the French Kiss.
That aside, I think it would be a perfect read for a rainy day or an afternoon on the beach.