What a ridiculously fun ride ANNA is! This is not your average romance, and it's a great example of YA Contemporary writing elements all coming together in a perfect way.
First line: "Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge."
Synopsis: 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 than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?
Review: I really enjoyed the experience that is ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. It is a clever, entertaining ride that I truly did not want to end. The pacing is fast without being breakneck and the romance is developed in a realistic, controlled, yet exciting way. This is also a lot due to the character development that is spot-on and allows you to fall in love with Anna and (of course) her mysterious American/British/French hotness, St. Clair.
Anna is your typical girl next door yet she's so much more than that. Throwing the main protagonist into an unfamiliar setting will show you the depth of their soul pretty quickly. Here we not only threw Anna into a new setting, but it's an entirely new country! Luckily Anna rolls with it and is independent, spunky, self-conscious and a lot like someone you know. But Stephanie didn't stop there as there's an entire cast of fantastic characters that surrounds Anna. They are all charming yet relatable and you find yourself laughing, cheering, screaming, flirting, crying, all right along with them. By far the biggest surprise for me was getting to know the other under-the-radar main character of the book: Paris, France. I was never overly interested in this city before, but experiencing her wonder and beauty through Anna's eyes opened up a whole new world.
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is one of my favorite novels of 2010-2011, and I'm truly looking forward to Stephanie's next book LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. *5 Kindle Hugs*