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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins [REVIEW]

 Hi readers,

Today I’m going to talk a book that I can only describe in one word – lovable! ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ was released in 2011 but I only read it last year. I was a little late but still in time for the party! My mother offered me a copy and I honestly didn’t have my expectations very high, partly because I though the story was just a boring YA with nothing new or unconvincing. Well, the truth is that this story is nothing new, but it’s pleasant, funny and speaks for itself. And like all the books that I started with low expectations, I ended up liking it.

‘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 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?’

Anna is an American teenage girl and her father is a rich author (his books are compared with Nicholas Sparks type-of-books). She finds herself shipped off to an American boarding school in Paris. In this point of life, the least she wants is to go to another part of the world, she just wants to hang out with her friends, kiss a hot boy from her work and get asked to prom (and eventually go to college). So it’s expected that  when she arrives to Paris, she’s alone, homesick and completely insecure (poor girl doesn’t speak fluent French, how I understand her!).

Étienne St Clair is a hot boy and he speaks with accent which is also sexy! He has his own problems in life and a girlfriend that doesn’t agree with him in everything. He’s so adorable, he even blushes! 

This is an unrealistic book but very romantic. The girl can be a little immature sometimes, but she’s a teenager! The boy is a dream, well a little too dreamy. The ending is fluffy and with no cliffhanger, which I love. We see Anna and Étienne getting together and that’s what we’ve been waiting for and deserve. 

It is not a five star novel, but it’s light enough to spend a good weekend reading it and passing a good time. You will not write a sonnet about it but you’ll enjoy! At least, I did. If I has to give a score it would definitely be a good solid 4 stars!

In Portugal the name of the book is ‘Ana e o beijo Frances’ which is the word by word translation of the English book name ‘Anna and the French Kiss’. I would love to know what’s the name of this book in your country! Let me know.

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