Review: Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss #1
by Stephanie Perkins

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?

Anna’s parents sent her to Paris for her senior year in high school, against her will and better judgment. She didn’t want to go because she would surely miss her best friend Bridge and her crush, Toph. She knew no one in the school, but was able to make new friends in her first few days. There was Meredith, Josh, Rashmi and Etienne. Almost everyone in school had set eyes on Etienne, the gorgeous, romantic, British lad. Meredith liked him a lot, but she never made her move. Not because she was afraid. But because Etienne St. Clair was already taken. By Elle.

Anna decided to stay friends with Etienne, despite her growing attraction to him. She saw him everyday, they shared breakfast and lunch together (with friends, that is), they are classmates in some subjects, they go to the movies together.. Etienne even became her personal tour guide in Paris. Who wouldn’t fall in love, eh?

But what about Elle? What about Toph? Would Anna and Etienne’s relationship bloom or get doomed?

The fact that the book was set in Paris made this story pleasingly tolerable. I have always loved to go to Paris, it’s been my number 1 place to visit, so reading this book made me feel like traveling there.

I admit, I was at first giddy while reading this book. The budding friendship between Anna & Etienne was over the moon as well as their long awaited kiss. But… (There’s always a but, I know!) But the fact that Etienne was seriously involved with somebody else and still made moves with Anna was what irked me.

Yes, Etienne may have admitted that in his mind, he was cheating on his girlfriend. And Anna was more than okay with it. Seriously? Oh come on! If that were me, I would steer clear of him first and make sure that no one else was getting hurt. (Yes, I’m a purist, but I’m also being realistic.)

If there’s one character that particularly caught my interest, it would be Bridgette and her unending thirst for unique words, and her obsession with the Oxford Dictionary. Seriously, I was just like her during my younger years. (Although it was Webster, who constantly accompanied me).

In the end, I was feeling quite okay, but the cheating incident sure left a sour taste in my reading. Hopefully when I get to read the next book, it would be a whole new different experience.

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