Book Review | Anna and the French Kiss

A few months ago, I started seeing this book everywhere, and kind of wanted to read it to see what the fuss was all about. And then I decided I wasn’t going to read it, because I have a bad habit of occasionally getting sucked into a vortex of light, “fluffy” books and wanting to read nothing else. And I between grad school and my reading challenges, I already have a ton of reading to do. But then it was on sale for a couple dollars on iBooks and I gave in. And I don’t regret it at all.

Anna Oliphant is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta; she’s got a solid best friend, a great job, and a promising crush. So she’s not exactly excited about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris. Even if it is Paris. Until she meets Étienne St. Clair. 71N-hAxibZLHe’s gorgeous, smart, and charming. He also has a serious girlfriend. Turns out Anna might actually like Paris, desite her horrific French. She also might like St. Clair. And after a year of almosts, Anna might just get her Paris wish.

Okay, this book is a little bit cheesy. But sometimes I just really want a nice, light read. Most similar books I’ve read have seemed, well, (how do I put this nicely?) vapid. And while I wouldn’t exactly call Anna and the French Kiss brilliant literature, I thought the story was interesting – with just the right amount of cheese – and it was actually really well written. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to read similar books and gotten caught up in the clunky writing. Stephanie Perkins definitely has talent, in my opinion. I think she did a great job creating dynamic characters and portraying them in a real way – I completely identified, in one way or another, with each of them.

Rating: ★★★★✩

I really enjoyed this book. It’s become fairly rare for me to binge-read a book in one sitting, but I couldn’t put Anna and the French Kiss down! I’ve realized that, while I do take literary merit into account, my ratings are heavily influenced by how much I enjoyed reading a book (which according to my grad school professor is the opposite of how you’re supposed to write a book review, but whatever). It’s not often that I find a book that is easy to read and gets me out of my head, while also being well-written and interesting. The hype surrounding this book is well-deserved.

Have you read Anna and the French Kiss? What did you think.

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