- Anna and the French Kiss
- Stephanie Perkins
- Dutton Children’s Books
- December 2, 2010
“Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?”
It is ridiculous how long I waited to read this book because of the title. I’m not sure why, but I thought If the title is so explicit on the romance right off the bat, there is no way this book can pull off the falling-in-love thing? And I admit I was wrong. This was an unbelievably cute romance.
It is even more ridiculous how long I’ve waited to rate and review this book. It should be a no-brainer: I enjoyed myself reading the book; the romance was adorable; the writing was effective. But there is one key flaw that keeps me wavering, and that is Perkins’ portrayal of cheating. In some respects, Perkins dealt with the issue quite nicely. She explored the repercussions and clearly showed how many people can get hurt. Until… this little epiphany:
[She] couldn’t help it. The attraction was there, and I wasn’t there, and they got together, and she couldn’t help it. And I’ve blamed her this entire time. Made her feel guilty for something beyond her control.
Are we animals? After all of the ugliness, we somehow arrive at the conclusion that cheating is unavoidable?
I get that people make mistakes. But they are mistakes for a reason. We are meant to learn from them, not leave a book believing they are okay.
Other than that, this book was nice. Perkins’ writing is the type that, if read aloud, would flow easily off the tongue. Her characters felt real and multidimensional, and Perkins didn’t shy away from showing all aspects of each character– whether good or bad. In some ways, it was like every other good fluffy romance I’ve read. But let’s read the quote above again, shall we? Case in point. I can only give this 2 stars.