Friday, January 28, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins
2010; Dutton (Penguin); ISBN 978-0-525-42327-0 (hardcover)

Summary: At first, leaving Atlanta for a French boarding school is something Anna refuses to like.  She hates leaving behind her little brother, her best friend and the guy she likes.  She doesn't even speak French!  But once Anna arrives at the School of America in Paris, she slowly sees the positives.  Boarding school is a lot like being an adult, and there are tons of movie theaters in Paris for a film freak like Anna.  Best of all, there's Etienne: an American boy with a British accent and a French father, who becomes Anna's best friend.  Friendship isn't all there is between Anna and Etienne, though.  Paris is the city of romance: will that hold true for Anna?

Fluffier than a French pastry, Anna and the French Kiss mixes soul-searching with romance.  Anna takes time to adjust to life in another country, worried about her lack of knowledge and the reputation of Americans abroad.  As she bcomes more comfortable, she's also able to develop her romance with Etienne, who's definitely all a teenage girl could wish for.  The debut novel of Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss is a great choice for hopeless romantics and armchair travelers. 

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