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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Friday, December 5, 2014

Can I just say that these covers are amazing... I love the bright colors and white font. I am obsessed with the cover change. Since we all judge books by their covers (yes, I said it), I am so glad there was a cover change because I’m not sure I would have picked this up before. Anna and the French Kiss is the first book in a companion series.

Anna Oliphant is the daughter of a famous author who decides to send her to boarding school in Paris for her senior year in high school. Anna is not happy and doesn’t want to go. She doesn’t want to leave her best friend, Bridgette, her almost boyfriend, Toph, and her little brother. She doesn’t even speak French. Not long after arriving at the School of America in Paris, She quickly befriends the girl in the dorm next door, Meredith, who introduces her to her group of friends — Josh and Rashmi, an overly PDA couple, and the beautiful √Čtienne St. Claire, who has a girlfriend.

I loved Anna. She is awkward, funny, and sarcastic. Anna wants to be a film critic and is obsessed with movies. This book is more than just a romance. It’s a book of self-discovery. Anna becomes more independent and strong throughout the book. Even though most can’t relate to the fact that Anna is sent to an amazing boarding school, I did feel like a lot of what she went through was relatable.

I really liked the friendship between Anna and St. Clair. It happens so naturally, even if she did have crush at first sight. I liked all their emails over Christmas Break and how well they got to know each other. They developed a solid friendship, all while trying to bury any feelings between them.

√Čtienne was a great love interest. He wasn’t the typical tall, dark, and handsome. He was friendly, funny, charming, and short (something mentioned often in the book). He started going to SOAP (School of America in Paris) when he was a kid and has a mysterious back story that makes him more than just your average love-interest.

I really loved Anna and the French Kiss and can’t wait to get my hands on Lola and the Boy Next Door (it’s sold out in my city — will have to order online asap!). I loved the writing, I love reading about Anna’s experiences. It made me really wish I would have gotten to go to a boarding school in Paris! Can this please be a movie?

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