Saturday, August 20, 2011
Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Why I read it/how I found it: Stephanie Perkins was at a book signing that I went to.
Anna was 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. So she's 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?
Usually, contemporary books aren't my favorite. Nothing against that genre, it's just not really my thing. But this book was a lot of fun. It was so much fun exploring Paris with Anna and waiting for that French kiss to come around. I really loved how Perkins creates her characters. They all have unique personalities and quirks about them that just make them feel so alive and real. They all have their flaws, which I really appreciated. Because even though Anna is crushing on an American-British-French guy, he's not perfect, and neither is Anna. And through these flaws that help them grow as characters, I felt like even though this was a light read, I still got something out of it without being bogged down by some Great Big Message.
Other information: Stephanie Perkins' website is here.