BOOKTALK// Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

ANNAAnna 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?

I will start this review by saying that this book isn’t really my thing. It is one that I have heard an awful lot about so when I was offered the opportunity to have a reading copy, I jumped on it.

The book begins with Anna first moving into her new flat in Paris, you are thrust straight into the action and you don’t really get to come up for air for the whole book. You are pulled through Anna’s experiences very quickly, taken in by her charm and very fresh voice. The romantic aspect of the book is executed in a way that I wasn’t expecting at all. From looking at the book and its blurb, I expected it to be riddled with clichés but it wasn’t, it was sweet and heartfelt and really captures the idea of the most romantic kind of love in its entirety.

While I enjoyed this book, really loving the sassy one liners and intense friendships that Anna shares, the final hundred pages or so dragged a little. There was a lot of going back and forth between Anna and her love interest and an awful lot of melodramatic drama. It was the only thing about the book that I didn’t enjoy, but it was something of a doozy. There are only so many times you can tolerate the “will they/won’t they?” part of a love story. I think Perkins milked it a bit.

On the whole, however, it is a funny and original book with a strong voiced protagonist that you will not want to put down. It is an absolute treasure of YA and Perkins is definitely an author to watch out for.

★★★★

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