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Anna And The French Kiss (Anna And The French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins Review

This is a fab book! Although reading it at this time, with all the shootings in Paris wasn't nice. But I started it before the shootings began so...

I would say that this book is more for the older YA market (14-...) While it's not quite new adult it's certainly not middle grade either due to language and some situations.
Some spoilers below...

Anna gets sent to France to attend a school because according to her father it'll be a good experience. She's not wild on the idea though. It's not until she meets people, most of whom turn out to be friendly that she starts to enjoy her time in Paris. Anna is a film critic so she enjoys going to all the old French cinemas. I thought this book had a real Parisienne feel, which I enjoyed. We got to read descriptions of Parisienne streets as well as Notre Dame.  

Most of this book is an on/off again romance between Anna and Etienne St Clair, an American, French boy (who speaks with an English accent). Anna has a crush on a guy back in America and Etienne has a girl friend in Paris. Most reviews that I've read of this book have said that Etienne/St Clair is a cheat but I didn't think that at all! I thought that Ellie his girlfriend for most of the book was a horrible girl to Anna and to others in the few scenes that she was in. St Clair did what any guy with a heart would do. He has problems to because his mum suffers with cancer and he has a horrible dad. I went in to Anna And The French Kiss thinking I'd hate the romance that developed between Anna and St Clair but I loved it. I think it would have been good if it had gone to the next level as Anna kept on about her virgin status. Not to be described obviously, as the book is for younger readers but just for the overall story arc I would have liked for Anna and Etienne to go there - I mean they shared a bed without doing anything. I think that Anna and Etienne make a later appearance though in either book 2 or 3 of the series so we might see them "in love" again there. 

This story takes the reader from seeing a girl on her own in a new place, not knowing anyone or anything to seeing her integrate in a different society something we all have to do at some point.

Overall I give this book 4.25 stars because I really liked it. The only things missing for me were we didn't really see much of Ellie (St Clair's girlfriend for most of the book) and the new adult element. I'm looking forward to reading book 2 next so look out for my review of that coming soon...


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