Valentine’s Day was a few days ago so, Happy Valentine’s Week! I’ve read a lot this year already (a lot for me anyways! I am usually such a slow reader lol) and since we’re already in the month of February, the month of “love,” I’ve decided to read as many cutesy YA romances this month as possible. The first book that I picked up was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins which I did a “buddy read” with a friend so we could talk about it as we read along! This added to the experience and made it a lot more fun (shout out to you, Fanci!)! XD
Anna and the French Kiss follows our main character, Anna, just as her senior year of high school is about to start in her hometown in Atlanta, which she has been looking forward to, not only to spend time with her best friend, Bridget, but also her crush, on the verge to soon be more than friends/crush! That is until her famous author father decides it’s a great idea to enroll her in a boarding school over in Paris, France! Where she doesn’t know anyone and doesn’t even speak the language! It doesn’t help that her parents only really stay with her long enough to find her dorm room and help unpack a little bit before leaving her completely alone. Luckily for Anna her next-door neighbor, Meredith, takes her under her wing and introduces her to her group of friends, which includes the dreamy, charming, and smart Étienne St. Clair who has it all, but is definitely off limits because he has a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French Kiss that Anna awaits?
For the most part, I did really like this book, I mean it was pretty cool to have a setting in Paris, a place I’ve never been to myself but have always wanted to visit. Also, for the most part, I could relate to Anna especially in the beginning when she was new to the school and had to start fresh. I definitely felt out of place and self-conscience when I made the jump from a private elementary school to a public middle school and went through similar things and had the same feelings that Anna had. I could even relate to Anna being too scared and shy to order things or do things by herself or for herself throughout the book. Even to this day, I struggle with these same things on a daily basis, but I’ve definitely gotten better about those kinds of things over the years. A humorous thing I found about Anna was whenever the mean girl made fun of her or tried throwing shade Anna didn’t have any good comebacks. Like at all! I found that when Anna tried being sassy back she was either A) just agreeing with the mean girl or B) Stating the obvious. And guess what? THAT’S SO ME OMG!!! 😂 I’m terrible at being sarcastic back and can totally relate to both Anna and those situations.
However, with that being said, I still had a few problems with this book/story. Mainly whenever St. Clair and Anna got into the SAME argument(s) over and OVER AGAIN!!! They’d argue and eventually get things resolved with each other or move on for a bit and then argue over the same thing again! Repeat for a few times, until finally resolving for the last time. It got very repetitive and took away some of my enjoyment from the story. I did however like the budding friendship turned romance between them and enjoyed the interactions and relationships between all the other characters, too. Also, this is more of a slight technical issue, I noticed some typos and such in the ebook as I was reading. It was slightly distracting but didn’t take away from the story overall.
Like I said before I did enjoy this book and it didn’t take me too long to finish reading it, so it felt like I flew through it. It was a nice, fun, light, and fast read and I would definitely recommend you give a shot to read to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Stephanie Perkins definitely did something right because after immediately finishing Anna and the French Kiss I raced to the Kindle store (even though I have all three physical copies. … SOMEWHERE!! Haha XP) and proceeded to buy and download the e-book of the second book, Lola and the Boy Next Door, so I could jump right back in (new main characters in this one but old characters return and make appearances!).
What are some of the books you read to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit? Let us know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you have to say and what you read!