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Anna and the French Kiss

Stephanie Perkins

Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pages : 372
Suggested Ages: 13 and up
ISBN: 978-0525423270

This book follows the story of Anna, who is from Atlanta, Georgia. As Anna enters her senior year of high school, she is unexpectedly sent to a boarding school in Paris, France. Anna is less than thrilled to be leaving behind her best friend, her high school and a crush on a cute boy. But once she arrives in Paris, Anna realizes that Paris has a lot to offer. This book is filled with that dream that many teenage girls have: falling in love in the City of Love. 

Anna meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect guy: funny, nice and attractive. The problem is, he already has a girlfriend. 

Anna begins to forget about the boy back home and begins to enjoy the excitement and opportunities that exist in Paris. Perkins does an excellent job providing enough details about the characters so you can imagine who they are and relate them to people in your life.

This book was definitely made even more amazing thanks to the location and the details Perkins provides about Paris. From the food and history to the architecture, Perkins makes it so you can clearly imagine you are actually in Paris. 

Anna goes on dates that readers could only dream of, like Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, etc. This book is a fun, young adult romance novel for a happy summer read. It isn't complicated, and the subject matter isn't heavy.

This book is a definite page turner, with many adorable moments in one book. 

Reviewed by : Hannah Virginia Johns-Holland

Themes : Romance, growing up, Paris

If you love this book, then try:

Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins
Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins
Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Jenny Han

Critics have said

"Perkins' debut, narrated in Anna's likable, introspective voice, is an absorbing and enjoyable read that highlights how home can refer to someone, not just somewhere." - Booklist