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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
AVG Goodreads Rating: 4.20 stars out of 5 (may change at any moment)
So I just re-read Anna and the French Kiss and I am so overwhelmed with emotions right now
and it’s extremely hard for me to end up liking a contemporary I just adore this book so much and I think it deserves a review.
Now I know the synopsis above makes it sound so uninteresting, and cliche, but this book is just so much more. It does heavily involve romance, but there are many conflicts in this book that make the story seem much more than a girl-meets-boy-and-falls-in-love situation.
However, I’m not going to delve into the fabulous plot. What I really want to talk about are the characters. The characters can make or break a book, and the characters definitely made this one. Without them, I’m not so sure I could have even gone through this book at all.
The characters were amazing. I just want to flat out say that before I start talking about them.
I loved Anna’s voice in the story (it was from her POV) and her personality really shone in this book. I liked how she wasn’t perfect and I really enjoyed reading about her and the conflicts she was faced with (both internally and externally). In this book, she was really struggling with who she was, what she wanted, and she was questioning what and where home really was a couple of times in this book. This act of questioning actually paid a role in the ending and helped her decide some of her choices.
Her character development was really great too. As the story progressed, she learned more about herself and this made her realize that she was a bigger hypocrite than she thought and that she wasn’t such a good and stellar person after all. She also found out things about herself she didn’t know before and I think that’s really great.
Her personality was fabulous too. She was sarcastic, smart, and hilarious. I also very much loved how she was such a neat-freak.
I found myself cheering on for her, grieving for her, and just wanting to murder the people who treated her unkindly.
St. Clair is the love interest in this book and I just LOVE him. People can argue that he’s “too perfect” and “unrealistic” but he felt pretty realistic to me. He kept questioning what he wanted, and was so afraid of change that he convinced himself into wanting something other than what he wanted in the first place. There were times I just wanted to slap and choke him because of this, but these faults of his really made the story better.
I also loved his personality, by the way. He was cocky, but nice. Outgoing, but not a party-goer. Very good-looking, but really short. He was also really funny and caring.
The two main characters faced so many conflicts with themselves and each other, and they were both very confused with their feelings for one another. I also really liked how their relationship had a bunch of ups-and-downs and wasn’t perfect because of this (this also lead to periods of time where they wouldn’t speak nor look at each other).
“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.”
“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 moan with pleasure.
“Did you just have a foodgasm?” he asks, wiping ricotta from his lips.
“Where have you been all my life?” I ask the beautiful panini.”
“Why?” His voice is suspicious. “Are you two going out now?”
“Yeah, we set up our first date right after he asked me to marry him. Please. We’re just friends.”
“What are you gonna do with a giant crossword poster? ‘Oh, I’m sorry, Anna. I can’t go to the movies tonight. I’m working on two thousand across, Norwegian Birdcall.'”
“At least I’m not buying a Large Plastic Rock for hiding ‘unsightly utility posts.’ You realize you have no lawn?”
“I stick out my tongue and hold the ridiculous pose. He takes a picture. “Brilliant, that’ll be what I see every time you call–” His cell rings, and he starts. “Spooky.”
“It’s Victor’s ghost, wanting to know why you won’t touch him.”
“Just me mum. Hold on.”
“Woooooo, stroke me, St. Clair.”
“Josh grabs the statue’s privates. “I think this is seven years ‘ bad luck.”
Mer sighs. “Joshua Wasserstein, what would your mother say?”
“She’d be proud that the Fine Institute of Learning she’s sent me to is teaching me such refined manners.” He leans over and licks Victor.”
“His pregnant girlfriend?”
“P.S. Love the picture. Mrs. Claus is totally checking out your butt.”
Rate: 10 out of 10
This book is a great workout for your heart. Provides plenty of emotion and angst.