Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins
Blurb from Goodreads: "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 Étienne St. Claire: 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?"
A breath of fresh air. That's what this book was for me. It's light, witty, fun, and romantic. It makes you squirm in your chair, laugh out loud, and want to jump for joy with every passing page.
I've been reading a lot of O-M-G-THE-WORLD-IS-ENDING type books lately, and this was the perfect respite. Falling in love, betrayal, making new friends, being thrown into a new culture -- all fascinating events, and all incredibly relatable.
Anna struck a chord with me from the beginning. She's a little bit shy and reserved -- would rather stay in reading than go out partying with the other kids. Yep, me. She's not one to cause confrontation, but when it comes time to defend her friends, she does so without thought.
There were a few moments when I wanted to reach in the story and smack her for beating herself up for no reason. But then, isn't that what we all do? I can't fault her when I'm the same darn way.
And St. Claire? Afreakingmazing.
Overall, this is one of my new favorite books of all time. I absolutely adored it.
A must read.