Anna And The French Kiss

Book: Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, narrated by Kim Guest

Published December 2010 by Listening Library|Run Time: 10 hours, 29 minutes

How I Got It: audiobook via the library

Genre: YA/Contemporary

Find out more: Goodreads|Barnes And Noble|Amazon|Stephanie Perkins 

Goodreads.com Summary: Anna was 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. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, perfect, 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?

I absolutely LOVED Anna And The French Kiss.

Etienne!  I wish he were real…I’ll totally admit to swooning over him.  He’s definitely my favorite character in the whole book.  The whole book, I was rooting for him and Anna to end up together, and I was so glad they did in the end!  They are such an adorable couple, and I liked seeing them go from friends to boyfriend/girlfriend.

Speaking of Anna, I liked seeing her grow.  She arrived in Paris not knowing any French and thinking she knew who she was, to leaving France understanding some French and knowing that her 9 months in Paris changed her for the better.  Plus, she explored France (a little) and while she didn’t stray too far from school, I liked her exploration of Paris and how she got more comfortable leaving her boarding school and going off to a city where she didn’t know the language.  I really liked that she loved movies, and visited different movie theaters in Paris.

It really is a cute, fun, feel-good read.  There was a lot of squee-ing at the end.  Actually, it happened a lot throughout the book.  I have to say that Anna’s dad kind of reminded me of Nicholas Sparks.  In the sense that Anna’s dad totally writes books that Nicholas Sparks would write.

The characters were great (except for the ones that were supposed to not-great), and they were all so distinct.  They definitely had their flaws and quirks and their own personalities.

Have I mentioned how much I love Etienne St. Clair?  Because I love him!  Please excuse me while I act like a fan-girl.

Anyway, Anna And The French Kiss was predictable and full of cliches…but in a good way.  I didn’t care that Anna and Etienne wouldn’t get together until the end.  I didn’t care if it took them the whole book to admit they liked each other.  I didn’t care if there were a ton of obstacles in their way.

It was predictable and it didn’t matter, because I could not listen to it fast enough.  And speaking of listening to it, I did enjoy it as an audiobook.  Guest did a great job narrating, and she did a pretty good job with making the characters distinct.  She also captured Anna really well.

Final thoughts: I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Anna And The French Kiss!  Great characters, great setting, and an all-around fun read.

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