Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by Dutton on December 2nd, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Anna is 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. Which is why she is 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?
Writing this review may be one of the hardest things in the world because… how do you gush and still sound original when the whole rest of the world has read and loved this book? Their reviews are no doubt much more eloquent than mine. The solution? GIFS. Basically, the following is the result of reading this book:
This book is straight up romance but it is of the highest quality and hard to resist. Slow build up? Check. Swoon-worthy boy? MEGA check.
That being said, the pacing was frustrating at times, in the best possible way. The build up is so gradual but intense, you can’t help but get severely emotionally invested in the story. It was one of the really rare instances where I totally lost track of time and page number as I was reading, and suddenly it was 2 am. I forced myself to stop, to keep a normal sleep pattern, but I was immensely frustrated and frantically motioning…
Little did I know I literally stopped reading at the chapter of the first kiss. Sigh.
The depiction of Paris also pretty much stole my heart. I’m in love with the city, and the descriptions were really fitting. I felt like I was back there, pretty much. And it does give my next trip to Paris a sense of urgency. It’s been too long!
The only thing that made me enjoy this book a little less and keeps me from giving it the full five oranges is the stereotyping and the clichés. There’s Amanda, the typical mean girl – and that’s about it. That’s completely who she is. I just rolled my eyes at her and I wished her character had some more realism or depth. Anna’s best friend, Bridget, stealing her crush. Sigh. But I also sometimes disliked Anna and her attitude. She was pretty self-centered at times, and though I realize that was part of her character, and at the end she grew and changed, it was deeply irritating.
Summing Up:I really, truly, thoroughly enjoyed this novel because it was exactly what I needed right now.