Remember Bookworm Friday? Well I didn’t last week. So today a special edition! Bookworm Wednesday!
by Stephanie Perkins
Goodreads summary: 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?
What I liked: My original review of this book on Goodreads read like this: “5 stars is not enough. I need 10 stars. Or possibly 15. I may or may not have burst into tears while reading this book. I loved it. More than I’ve loved any book in recent memory. I promise I’ll get to a coherent review soon, but for now I need to just lay back and accept that this book now owns a piece of my soul.”
You know that still kind of sums things up for me. I wrote that non-review almost a week ago, and I still can’t be very coherent for you, but I’m going to try.
Etienne St. Clair is not your typical swoony adolescent. He’s British (kind of), American (a little), and French (physically). Oo la la. And one of Anna’s friends likes him too. And homeboy’s short with a girlfriend problem. BUT I LOVED HIM ANYWAY. And so does Anna. He’s friendly and funny and he and Anna are perfect together.
And Anna… oh Anna. She is so confused. She likes this boy, but he is an idiot even though he likes her back. So she is a typical hormonal girl and draws lines that she crosses too often and rationalizes them and tries to brush her feeling for Etienne aside by concentrating on other boys, but it never works. Anna was so real. Of course things don’t work with the cute boy in her French class or the boy from back home or anyone when all she really wants is for Etienne to notice her. Etienne, I love you, but you’re such a moron.
I really did not expect to like this book. I thought there would be too much Frenchy-ness, and too much squealing over kissing and too much woe-is-me-my-parents-have-shipped-me-off-to-Le-France! But there wasn’t. The tension between Etienne and Anna only culminates in one kiss before the grand finale. And while the Frenchyness was fun, it was barely there. It set the stage but not in a snooty look-at-me-I-wear-ascots-and-am-so-tres-cultured kind of way.
My heart was a writhing mass in my chest while I read this book. I still can’t be coherent so forgive the capslocks, hyphens, bolding, and italics… I-LOVED-IT-TOO-MUCH.
What I didn’t like: I suppose my only criticism would be a bit in the pacing of the book. I felt like we got off to a slow start, but setting it in Paris amongst Americans necessitated that a bit. We, just like Anna, had to get the lay of the land. And some scenes felt like filler, but that didn’t mean I enjoyed them any less.
So, do I rec it? Yes. Yes. Y-E-S!!! If you like young adult chick-lit and romance… this was perfect. I loved it so much that I will be obtaining my own copy so that I can reread it at my leisure. It needs a spot in my permanent collection. I Couldn’t Put it Down. And I really mean that. I stayed up until 2 or 3 reading it when I knew perfectly well that I needed to wake up early for work. Stephanie Perkins is my queen.
For reference, my rating scale:
Couldn’t Put it Down
*That is the link to purchase Anna and the French Kiss on Amazon. Which you should do. Immediately.