Monday, May 2, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

It was not Anna's idea to go to boarding school in Paris. She would much rather be back in Atlanta, enjoying her senior year with her best friend, her mom and brother, and the crush that looks like it's going to blossom - finally - into a full relationship. But her father insists that she'll spend the year in Paris. So that's where Anna goes, alone and not knowing any French. Soon she meets a group of friends and things are looking better - especially as she gets to know Etienne St. Clair, the English-accented American who knows Paris like the back of his hand. The only problem? He has a girlfriend - and she still has that almost-relationship back home. Things are going to get messy!

This is the sweetest book I've read in a long time. It just has a sweetness to it that was sprinkled throughout, like powdered sugar. Like Anna, I was intrigued by St. Clair as a character. He's driven by romantic frustrations, father issues, a passion for art and culture, and his fear of being alone. He, like Anna and most of the other characters, makes bad decisions now and then, and I wanted to shout at them "Just talk to each other! This can easily be sorted out!" This is a fun read that goes well with springtime - just like Paris.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
Forget You by Jennifer Echols

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