Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (2010)
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Reading Time: 21/05/16 – 25/05/16
Anna and the French Kiss is the first contemporary I have read for a while and it provided me with exactly what I needed it to, an easy to read release. At a particularly sad and stressful time in my life this book gave me an outlet to focus on. It is a novel you can pick up at any point and know where you are, the characters are easy to get to know and very likeable. The setting (Paris) allows my need to escape to be pulled into a romantic and exciting city. This book ticks all of the boxes. If you are looking for a challenge, something with twisting and changing plot and character developments, then this is not your book, but this will give you a refreshing journey that just makes you feel bubbly.
Anna is the main character, moving from America to go to school in Paris, against her wishes. She starts off by feeling alone and sad, but she soon fits into a friend group and as the reader I felt like I was fitting into that group with her. As the title implies this is a romance novel and of course there is some kissing, and whilst this book follows the usual plot outline for this genre, it is not done in a boring way. Introducing a foreign country for most readers instantly makes this situation seem all the more exciting, and adding a foreign and good looking male character doesn’t hurt either. It is quite good fun to be able to immerse yourself in a fictional man every now and then and this book allowed St Clair’s character to be that man. Although Stephanie Perkins you are now on my list of people to blame for my too high expectations of real men!
Anna goes through situations we have all been through, and reminds us that we are not alone in what we do – we have friends and the knowledge that things will always get better. I want this to be a spoiler-free review so I won’t say any more – but if you need a break from reading heavy and challenging books, or you just need a break from reality for a little bit, then this book will be of service to you.