Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

What I’d Pay: $14

To sum it up: A teenage girl is sent to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school and falls in love.

I know it sounds a little cheesy, but it’s an adorable romance.

This book is very predictable, but with this book it’s more about the journey, not a fast moving plot or twist ending.  The two main characters, Anna and Etienne, grow up dramatically during their senior year of high school away from home, and it is alternately funny and painful. Anna gets pulled away from her friends and family to the very foreign Paris, and just doesn’t feel at home even though the students at her new school are friendly. Both she and Etienne deal with complicated family and friend dramas, all the while becoming more confident in who they are and who they want to become. Overall this is a lovely story, very well told and definitely a feel-good book. My only gripe is that if the characters had just communicated a little bit more, so many minor disasters could’ve been averted. But I didn’t have the best communication skills in high school either, so I was willing to let that slide.

Bottomline: This is a heart-warming romance, the characters are lovable and funny, and the light-hearted shenanigans are all wrapped up at the end just the way you want them. This isn’t the kind of book that will make you think profound thoughts or keep you at the edge of your seat, but it’s extremely well-done for a teenage coming-of-age/romance. I picked it up after finishing the much heavier Jellicoe Road, and it was just what I needed to recover.  Got the ebook from the LA library after a couple weeks wait.


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