Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins was an enjoyable YA book. The sad part is, I doubt I have anything original to say about this book - it seems I may be one of the last bloggers to read this one.

Anna has been sent to Paris to an American boarding school there. She leaves behind her family in Atlanta as well as her best friend and a potential boyfriend. In Paris she meets and makes new friends, and also finds a boy, Etienne, who she is interested in. Of course, Etienne already has a girlfriend, and even though he may not be that happy in his relationship, doesn't seem inclined to change things. When Anna returns home for the Christmas holiday she realizes how little Atlanta now feels like home and longs to be with her new friends, especially Etienne. Etienne appears to be interested in Anna, but the signals are definitely mixed considering he still has his girlfriend. While this is the major storyline, there are other minor plots occurring as well - Anna's problems with the friends she left behind in Atlanta, Etienne's relationship with his father, and her adjustment to life in Paris.

While I have never visited France, I would love to see this country. This is a quick fast read for any teen girl who needs a little romance. I also enjoyed Perkins' descriptions of life in France, and am looking forward to reading her next novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door, due out in September.

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