Book Review- Anna and the french kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Length: 372 pages.

Publisher: Dutton Books/Speak

Publication Date: January 2010

Gender: Romance- Fiction- Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★ (5 OUT 5) 

 This book is the first Stephanie Perkins book i have read and all i could think about while reading it was “WHY DIDN’T I DO THIS YEARS AGO?” 

Synopsis:  

     Anna was 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. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? 

My thoughts: 

Chocolat Chaud!

St. Clair!

I fell in love with this book. i thought i should get that out of the way, sort of like cleaning the air.

I fell in love with St.Clair.

I fell in love with the food.

I fell in love with the language.

I fell in love with Paris.

I fell in love with love.

“We both got our Point Zero wishes―each other. He said he wished for me every time.” 

Anna and the french kiss is a book that – i think-  reflects a first love in such a genuine way that it leaves you breathless and quite smitten with the whole process. i had been waiting for that book to make me smile and cry and laugh and long for something and this did it. i needed it. some parts got me to the point were my dad would knock on my door to check if i was doing okay because i was squealing so loud

This book is set in Paris and follows 17 year old Anna Oliphant as she is forced by her parents to embarks on a reluctant and magnificent  Senior year abroad in France.Leaving behind her best friend , bridge and “boy-friend” , Tosh, she is forced to learn the language and socialize with people so different from her. at least she thinks they are different. In the School of America in Paris ( SOAP) she meets, Meredith, Rashimi, Josh and St. Clair who soon become her best friends  and tour guides and one of them so much more than she ever expected.As the time pass and she learns from her experiences she becomes more confident in who she is, in what she wants and how to get it.  the problems is something are out of her reach and those things are the things she finds are worth it.

From the moment we see St.clair for the first time we see his charm, his charisma and its hard not to fall in love with him,  as everyone does. but underneath that charm lays something dark, something that he is struggling with. Anna on her side fights to become the person she wants to be and he is a very important part of it. throughout the book i could feel her reluctant to certain things, her loneliness, her love ,her happiness and her sadness. She is such a good character, i loved how when she was faced with the same situation on couple ocations   she reacted different  and learned from previous ones. she is loyal  and likable and sweet and funny.

“French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.” 

“Girl scouts didn’t teach me what to do with emotionally unstable drunk boys.”

Her relationship with  st. Clair is honest and flawed and confusing and perfect. and i loved how they waited for that perfect moment that would be just theirs. i loved how they struggled to come to terms with what they wanted and how pass mistakes helped them mend something perfect.some peopl might think this is overly sweet and innocent  but i think its real and raw and how love should fell like, Easy.

“I don’t want to feel this way around him. I want things to be normal. I want to be his friend, not another stupid girl holding out for something that will never happen.” 

Like holding hands and sleeping next to each other and as simple and just being there for you best friend.

          “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” 

The side characters were phenomenal and help in the whole realistic think because just as Anna they are confuse even more than here about like. and with humor and charm they become as important as Anna for the process of the story.

The topics talked in this book, such as bullying, family problems ETC, are things that we see day to day and the way Ms Perkins took them on was A-mazing and heartbreaking. but the part that was unbelievably great was Paris; To say that this book was set in Paris is an understatement. it felt real and tangible for me. i felt as i was seeing the Notre-dame, the museums, the seine , the people along with Anna for the first time. I have never been to Paris but i can right now tell you a description that would leave you in awe like i am.

All in all this book was oen of those books i hug and dont want to part with ,i am so glad i read it and this would probably be one of my favorite books for A LONGGG time.

If you read this book i would love to know if you liked it, loved it or hate it so please let me know.

 

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