Sunday 22 September 2013

Book Review - Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Genres: Contemporary | Young Adult
Release Date: 4th August 2011
Publishers: Speak
No. Pages: 372
Source: Gifted
Buy From: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Waterstones
Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken - and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

I'm not a huge Summer fan. To be truthfully honest, I hate Summer. I hate the sun, the heat, the insects, the laziness of people, I hate it all. But after reading 3 chapters of Anna and the French Kiss, I decided I would brave the the sun, get myself a tan, and read whoever much of this book I wanted in our communal yard. I finished the entire book. In a grand total of 4 hours which is pretty quick for me, and quite possibly a record next to favourites.

It is quite possibly the most cliché, YA contemporary, romantic, summery novel I have ever heard of and read. I don't usually like cliché, but I enjoyed this. A lot. I really liked the inner messages within the book. References of people being what makes a place home, and that fate does decide what is best for you within your life were two of my favourites. The story itself reminded me of another book I thoroughly enjoyed, and although it was much less sexually oriented and less frustrating to read, the reminder made me enjoy this story more, and when it did frustrate me, I knew it would pick up quickly.

The only downfall with this book personally, was just how cliché it was. Wishes and Paris and famous buildings and, crêpe, love at first sight and, it all just began to great on me. I completely understood the theme of the story and that it was meant to be romantic, but for me, it was just that little bit too cliché. Still, even with this, totally worth the full monty.

1 comment:

  1. Great review Amanda! I can't wait to finally read this book, though I hope I will not be disappointed by it as the hype surrounding it has put my expectations up quite high!


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