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?
Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 372
Publishing Date: July 16th, 2013
This is one of the most adorable books that I’ve ever read. Honestly — I love and adore this book so much. I haven’t read this book since late-February, so I decided to read it again last night so I could write this review with the book fresh in my mind and, although I’ve read it many times before, this book never gets old. The romance is so captivating and the characters are all so lovable. Honestly, if you haven’t read this book and you’re in need of a slightly-but-not-too-cheesy YA romance that will make your heart flutter and your emotions become wrecked, please go read it. (Caution: this review contains many words written in all caps and numerous references to my emotions being completely demolished by this book.)
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
There were so many ups and downs in Anna and St. Clair’s relationship. I knew from the moment that their characters first met that I wanted them to be together. But there were so many road bumps. From St. Clair having a girlfriend to Anna not wanting to hurt Meredith’s feelings. SO MANY ROAD BUMPS. But I rooted for Anna and St. Clair through the entire book, hoping along the way that they would finally admit their feelings for each other. The moment that Anna realized she was truly in love with him was such a turning point in the book, I literally couldn’t set the book down (and it was my fifth time reading it).
AND WHEN THEY FINALLY KISSED. I WAS FREAKING OUT. The moment, sadly, got interrupted and we had to endure more torturous pages of St. Clair and Anna not being with each other.
BUT THEN. STEPHANIE PERKINS FINALLY GAVE ME AND EVERY OTHER READER THE MOST PERFECT ENDING WE COULD HAVE EVER WANTED.
“I’m saying I’m in love with you! I’ve been in love with you this whole bleeding year!”
When Anna and St. Clair finally admitted their feelings for each other. I was a puddle of emotions. That chapter of St. Clair telling Anna how much he’d fallen in love with her was literally the epitome of love confessions.
“Will you please tell me you love me? I’m dying here.”
One of the many reasons I loved Anna was that she was always trying to be kind to people. She just wanted everyone to be happy, and that was such a good trait for her character to have. She was so oblivious to her true feelings for St. Clair in the beginning, but I honestly think that she knew she felt something for him. She really did. But she constantly pushed those feelings aside. And it wasn’t until she’d been away from him for so long that she realized how much she had truly and irrevocably fallen in love with him. And… okay, can Étienne St. Clair please magically jump out of the book and become a real-life human being…? I am extremely sad over the fact that he is a fictional character and is not in fact a person. Or my boyfriend. Because honestly, HE IS EVERY GIRL’S DREAM. Stephanie Perkins does an amazing job in writing about such a beautiful, lovely character. I want Étienne to be my best friend and my boyfriend and I want to know him. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a YA character as much as I love St. Clair.
“French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.”
An honorable mention goes out to Meredith, Josh, and Rashmi for being such amazing friends. I’m so used to some YA books where only the main characters are likable and the other minor characters are just sort of “eh” and are there to make the story more realistic. But the author makes you fall in love with all of Anna’s newfound friends. They each have these little quirks about them, which I absolutely love.
I don’t know what it is about Stephanie Perkins’s writing style that captures my attention so fully and tentatively. Are there cheesy moments in this book? Yes. But I think that’s what makes me adore this book even more. I’m a sucker for cute, fluffy romances, so this book was my perfect cup of tea. Also, can we please talk about the setting of this book? Perkins describes Paris so well in this book that I could picture every place that Anna would visit. I give so much praise to Perkins and her amazing writing, it truly made this book so enjoyable.
This book is truly a YA contemporary romance masterpiece and I wanted to run around screaming at people to read this beautiful book and then I wanted to break into a happy dance because this book was so freaking perfect.
So, those are my feelings on this amazing book. What are yours? Did you enjoy Anna and the French Kiss? Did you fall in love with St. Clair like I did? Comment your feelings below!