Friday, June 3, 2016

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS - STEPHANIE PERKINS

Title - Anna and the French Kiss
Author - Stephanie Perkins
Series - None
Genre - YA Fiction
Pages - 400

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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 √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne 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?
 


Premise      : 4
Writing        : 5
Characters  : 5
Journey      : 5
Ending        : 4

Let me start by saying, this book was Tres Bien! If you read YA, you have to read this book. I probably loved it all the more cause I've learnt French for 3 years during school days and I've always wanted to visit the beautiful and romantic city of Paris. I will go there! someday! hopefully soon.. and write about it.. with sophisticated French words sprinkled here and there...

So this book is written from the teenage protagonist, Anna's point of view. She behaves just like what she is - A Teenager. All the characters in this book behave like teenagers, which is exactly how it should be. Nothing was over exaggerated or underplayed, it was perfect!

Anna, who is forced to study in Paris for a year, is hesitant and at unease in her new surroundings at first but quickly makes friends with these American kids who help her explore the new place. She develops a crush on her new American-French-English best friend St. Clair who unfortunately is in a serious relationship.

***Spoiler Alert***
The way Anna describes her father in the beginning of the book, it sounds like she's talking about Nicholas Sparks. Was is just me or do you feel the same?
***Spoiler complete***

This story sounds real. The chapters in this book are very short, that sort of makes it easier to read. Cause every time you finish a chapter, you get excited about the likelihood of finishing the book soon. Just a psychological thing. Smart move Stephanie Perkins ;) The story was cute, very contemporary and believable. What I liked most was that through this book you get a glimpse of France - the streets, bistros, Notre-Dam, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elsees, The Louvre, Pantheons, the Seine. Beautiful. It makes me want to fly off to France right away.

Whether you are a teenager or an adult with a heart of a teenager, pick this book up, you'll definitely not regret it. Good work Stephanie Perkins, I am officially your fan!

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