Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

BLURB-STYLE SYNOPSIS- NO SPOILERS
Anna and the French Kiss is a sweet, upbeat, coming of age novel. It is the story of Anna Oliphant, an average American girl whose dad has just made it big and is now forcing her away to Paris where she will finish her high school education. Needless to say, Anna is not a happy bunny! In a new country, with new people and a new language (which she cannot speak a word of) Anna must take this experience in her stride and learn to adapt and become independent form her family. Besides Christmas will arrive in no time and she will get to go back home to her brother Sean, her best friend Bridgette and the dreamy cinema vendor Toph. What Anna didn’t bargain for was that maybe, if she gets used to it, Paris could become her home too.
SPOILER FREE REVIEW
It was a really entertaining read and I wish I could devour it again and again! Despite hearing only good things about it, I was wary going into this book as I am not really a fan of contemporary novels, usually I prefer to get lost in new worlds and fantasize about male characters who are not quite normal *cough* Percy *cough* Jace *cough* Will (ily guys!) but I can honestly say that I fell for the main love interest (who will remain anonymous for the time being for the sake of spoilers) just as hard as Anna did, if not harder.
This book gets an 85% from me. It was nice and lighthearted and a great read! My only problem with it is a spoilery thing which I will post below and the fact that I wanted more! but as Jane Austen said (or at least I think it was her, if it wasn’t sorry!)  “A well-written book is never long enough”
SPOILER TIME
If you haven’t already, I’m giving you some space to look away
are you ready?
you sure?
okay then?
Ohmigod I love St Clair! He’s just so lovely and witty and great and I wanted to rip Ellie’s throat out from the start so they could be together!! The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that I thought that Ellie and St Clair’s relationship went on a bit too long and so did Anna  and Dave’s. i think that if their relationship had just ended after the eclair incident then he wouldn’t have gotten on my nerves so much! 
Anna is a really witty character I just loved the casual banter between her and St Clair i.e.
“Most people in Atlanta don’t have an accent. It’s pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though,” I add jokingly. 
“Fo’ shiz,” he replies in his polite English accent. 
I spurt orangey-red soup across the table. St. Clair gives a surprised ha-HA kind of laugh, and I’m laughing too, the painful kind like abdominal crunches. He hands me a napkin to wipe my chin. “Fo’. Shiz.” He repeats it solemnly.
Cough cough. “Please don’t ever stop saying that. It’s too-” I gasp. “Much.”
“You oughtn’t to have said that. Now I shall have to save it for special occasions.”
“My birthday is in February.” Cough choke wheeze. “Please don’t forget.” 

big quote section courtesy of goodreads xx 🙂

The book presented Anna’s life in two parts, her American side and hr Parisian side. It was so clever the way in which the two intertwined. For example, Anna’s friendship with Meredith and how it paralleled with Anna’s friendship with Bridgette at the end because you can sort of see where Bridgette was coming form after watching Anna do the exact same thing with St Clair. Also with Anna’s dad writing about people with cancer and St Clair’s mum.  

So yeah those were the serious bits now I just want to comment on all of the cute little Annaisms which made me laugh during this book. For starters, the Canadian flag on her backpack. The fact that she felt so awkwardly American that she tried to hide her nationality had me facepalming so hard because when she went home for Christmas and practically went  into shock at how uncultured it seemed it was just so different form the start of the book!

MY OPINION AT A GLANCE

Fave Character: St Clair (how could it not be!)
Fave Scene: Point Zero “I wish for what is best for me”
Least Fave Character: soo many A-holes in this book but probably Dave. I hated the way he treated Anna
Fave Quote: “I’ve been in love with you all bleeding year!”
Rating : 85%


FUNNY QUOTES!

“Madame Guillotine gets mad at me. Not because I told them to shove it, but because I didn’t say it in French. What is wrong with this school?” 

“I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn’t have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.” – HARRY POTTER REFERNCE! I……………..DIED

“Soap?”
“School of America in Paris” he explains. “SOAP”.
Nice. My father sent me here to be cleansed.” 


“Thanks. I forgot how to flip off the English. I’ll use the correct hand gesture next time.”
“My pleasure. Always happy to educate.” 

So yeah, that was my experience with Anna and the French Kiss. Please leave you

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