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 Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?My Thoughts: This is one of those books that grabbed me from the beginning and made me love the characters so hard that I couldn't stop reading. Stephanie Perkins' writing is fun and witty and she got me firmly inside Anna's head as she's dealing with a whole new culture, all new friends and one very sexy boy who could be more than a friend if the stars align. *swoon*
Anna... Oh, Anna. I really did love this girl. She's lovely and sweet and she's thrown for a loop when her parents ship her off to a foreign country without giving her any say in the matter. I know that I would have been petrified to be in a strange place where I couldn't speak the language so Anna's first week of school really struck a chord with me. Her slow evolution from a girl afraid to leave the school campus into someone who routinely strikes out on her own felt very real to me. Her slow romance with St. Clair was both nerve wracking and incredibly sweet. I wanted them to get together so badly and it was hard watching St. Clair cling to his old girlfriend just because she was something he was comfortable with.
I honestly put this book down and immediately started eyeballing book 2 because I was so very in love with both the world Stephanie Perkins created and with her writing. This was simply one of those books that made me smile and, at points, get a little teary eyed. <3 <3 <3
Books in this series
1. Anna and the French Kiss - Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
2. Lola and the Boy Next Door
3. Isla and the Happily Ever After
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