Monday, 6 July 2015

Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins 
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Genres: Young Adult - Romance  
Pages: 416 Pages 
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Published Date: 1 January 2014
Edition: Paperbook / Ebook
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Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her co-worker at the movie theatre, who is just starting to return her attention. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken - and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's been waiting for?  

Wow, what an amazing book. This book is so cute and adorable you just can’t help but fall in love with it. I was searching for a new book to read and this one popped up. It’s always a hard decision whether or not to read a book after a previous one letting you down. There are always a million and one questions in my head. But I don’t know I just got this feeling, this pull to read it and I was not let down. 

Anna is an American teenager who has been packed up and moved to Paris; all thanks to her father and to say she isn't happy is an understatement. Her dad has not only taken her away from her home and family but, her friends, best friend and could-be-boyfriend. But what’s to come for Anna is something she couldn't even foresee in the city of love or at home in America.    

Anna is not your typical girly girl which I love. She is different and she doesn't try to be anyone she isn't. To me, too many girls and especially young girls today try to do anything to fit in with the popular crowd. This is what especially draws me to Anna. I was someone who always was different and not in the popular gang and I didn't try to be.    

Eitenne St Clair, French name, English accent studying in an American school in Paris. You would say this is confusing but once you read the book you understand it all. Let’s just say his family is multi-national. This does give it a sense of being unique, but not all is well in St Clair’s family. His simply life at the School of America in Pair or SOAP is going to become confusing and complicated. To top it if for St Clair his family life is going to go from bad to worse. I do feel sorry for him but he has good supportive friends. 

Before reading this book I had a love for Paris and wanted to go. But this book and the descriptions of the different landmarks in Paris just make me want to go even more. Stephanie Perks has really put a lot of effort and time into this book, especially describing Pairs in detail.        

It is one of those books you can’t help but smile at throughout.  I highly recommend this book to everyone actually. It is a book, whether you’re a male or female, that will bring you back to your first love as a young adult. But I would probably say just mostly females as it is about kissing cute boys and falling in love, most males don’t like to admit that. It will remind you of all the ups and downs and the big questions which surround you during this time. 

I can’t describe the aspect of this book I did not like without giving away spoilers. So I will keep it short and hopefully I won’t spoil it for anyone. I didn't like how much secrets people kept from one another in this book.  I don’t like people keeping secrets, even in books it’s one of my pet hates. I understood the situation in which they were in. I feel if they were more open with one another, the situation would have been a lot better. I also thought that I wasn’t going to like the story of Anna ending just after one book. But I think it was just the right amount because any more and I think it would of just ruined it. 

couldn't put the book down. I just wanted to know what happened next. I always said to myself, “Just one more chapter then sleep”. But I always ended up reading more and not getting to sleep.

I will definitely be re-reading this book again. It has become one of my favourite young adult books. It is a part of a series and I feel that even though the books are about different girls, parts of their stories links with one another.  Reading them in order will help you understand certain parts better and you will connect more to each story.