Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss was one of those books that I never wanted to put down. I only left it when I had to go to school or it was too late that my eyes could no longer focus. It’s a light, feel-good romance book. It takes place in Paris at an American boarding school, where Anna was sent by her parents for her senior year of high school. There, she meets a guy named St. Clair, but there’s a problem. He has a girlfriend. The story follows the struggle of a relationship, whether it be as friends or more, between Anna and St. Clair.

The plot line was written just right, so that the story was never your typical, cheesy teen-romance. I really enjoyed how the relationship between Anna and St. Clair wasn’t instantaneous. It wasn’t one of those “we just met five minutes ago, now let’s get married” scenarios. The story was gradual and felt real.

Another great thing about this book was the writing. Stephanie Perkins encompassed Anna’s voice so well; she had a clear point of view. Anna’s voice was humorous and true to her character. My only one critique of this book was that a few times Anna felt a little bit dramatic. This was rare occasion, still. I also thought it was a little too sudden and some what cheesy how Anna could miraculously follow along with St. Clair and his father’s conversation in fluent French, when she was struggling in French 1 classes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to mainly females who want a quick and wonderful feel-good read. It’s a perfect book to pull you out of a book hangover. I would rate Anna and the French Kiss a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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