Anna and the French Kiss
Anna was 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. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
I’m kind of mad? I saw that most of Tumblr expected to not like this book and were surprised, so I expected to like it and I think my expectations were too high, so I was a little disappointed.
(This is going to be pretty spoilery, I’m sorry.)
Like, don’t get me wrong, it was super adorable and I read it in one night, and ended up so sad about my life afterwards! But Anna (and St. Clair, honestly) was sooooOOOooo annoying. She was, like, exactly what girls want to think guys like, like all “quirky”, but nothing actually extreme. Like a blond stripe in her hair and being ridiculously into film and how she was, like “one of the guys” but oh wait every single guy in the world is in love with her. She was Bella Swan. It was incredibly annoying, and it was hard to get past that. And how the antagonist was like a pretty girl who dressed nicely, and she was actually really mean, but it felt to me like she would have been the villain even if she didn’t. Like the whole she wears short skirts I wear t-shirts thing.
Her relationship with St. Clair was really adorable though. It was kind of bull, how long the flirtation went on without either of them realizing the other was into them. Like, St. Clair would start to say something, and it would be so obvious and she’d be all no, he must mean something else, like that’s even possible? That was really frustrating.
But still, there’s a lot to be said for readability. This book was really adorable, and I really did like the story. She handled abuse pretty nicely, and I was really impressed by that. I really enjoyed how St. Clair was really nice around everyone else, and how that made him feel. It was really really, you know, familiar. So yeah.