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08 May 2011

Anna and the French Kiss

Oh my, its been a while since I read this one, but I just haven't had the time to sit down and write.  That little disclaimer aside, I LOVED this book!

 Here is the summary via Goodreads:
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 √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

My thoughts: 

I thought the characters were well thought out and developed.  Anna, Etienne and all their friends had depth and a range of emotions.  The secondary characters, while still secondary, were not glossed over or added just to give the main characters more interactions.  

I thought the situations Anna found herself in were typical teenage situations.  She wasn't running around, acting like she was 25, but rather, going to the movies with friends, obsessing over a boy (is he my boyfriend / isnt't he?  Does he like me / doesn't he), and being somewhat insecure about life---which is perfectly normal!  I felt like Stephanie Perkins, the author, really captured what it is like to be a typical American teenager.  

Overall, it was just an easy, fun read.  I gave this book a 5 out of 5 on goodreads, so definitely go check this one out!   

I'd like to thank Penguin Teen for sending me this book.  I won a copy by "liking" them on Facebook.

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