Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher - Usborne
Release Date - January 1st 2014
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Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
Can two people be more than just friends? With the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After, this was the series that I wanted to read this summer. Set in the most beautiful and romantic city in the world, Anna is shipped off to Paris to finish her study at the School of America. Alone and afraid of being in such a foreign city, Anna is faced with family challenges, rivals, complicated relationships and a boy named Etienne St. Claire.
Surrounded by her gang; Mer, Josh, Rashmi and St. Claire she finally found some hope in a place like this... starting something new can be nerve wracking as is anything in life, starting a new job, meeting new people, we've all been there. Mer is such outgoing and totally refreshing character to read about, her personality shines through the book and through Anna's friendship. I found Rashmi to be quite a timid and quiet sort of character, I hoped she would break the ice a bit during the book, only it was towards the end that we saw something about her. And Josh, hmm from their relationship between Rashmi and himself, I felt as if he was losing himself through their romance. (I can't wait for Isla.) However, I was glad that the end proved to have worked for everyone...
Finally St. Claire, or Etienne...he certainly has an air about him, his stride, his appearance, makes everyone want to just stop, pause and let your mouth drop down in admiration and pure specimen of gorgeousness. I mean, hello an English Accent from an America boy, talk about multi-talented in all aspects. And combine that with the fact that we are set in Paris, the city of romance, could this really get any better!? I think not...
Stephaine Perkins creates the perfect novel of a beautiful friendships, progressing into a slow burning romance. After reading On the Fence by Kasie West, I've been looking for something that utilises the beauty of their friendship to be something more. The character growth between all the characters is certainly something to talk about. This novel is a mix of romance, friendships, family dramas, and an English accent... I can't wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door.
Rating - 4