How did I get it?:
Received from my Secret Santa!
Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?
I think Anna and The French Kiss is a book that’s been on my radar since I started blogging. It seems like every blog I regularly read has raved about it. I see it on numerous Top Ten Tuesday lists, so it was quite quickly added to my TBR list. My lovely Secret Santa got me a copy for Christmas. I know, Christmas was ages ago, but I’m only getting around to it now and that’s because I’ve decided to read what I want for the month of March. I can totally see why people rave about Anna and The French Kiss. It’s an adorable read, which made me feel warm and fuzzy inside!
Anna and the French Kiss starts off with Anna being sent to France for her senior year in high school. Initially I worried as Anna came across as incredibly dramatic, but thinking about it, this was quite authentic. I think even if I wasn’t a teenager I’d feel pretty annoyed at being sent to a different country for my last year of school. Anna’s voice felt very real. Anna does adapt to France. She makes friends and finds her way. I think Anna and her friends are the reason why I quickly warmed to this book. I loved their interactions and then of course… there’s Étienne St. Clair. I loved how there was an instant attraction, but before the romance there was a lovely friendship.
The relationship between Anna and St. Clair is believable, but it takes a lot of teenage angst to fully form. At times, I just wanted them to sit down and talk about their feelings for each other. This, of course, wouldn’t have made such a good story. The tension between Anna and St. Clair as their feelings intensified was incredibly well written. It’s not always easy to talk about how you feel, especially with people that you really care about. So looking at it from this angle, it again, was very real. I was urging St. Clair to finish with his girlfriend so he could be with Anna. I really wanted Anna and St. Clair to work. He is a fantastic character. Being British, I had to smile at Britishisms!
Anna and The French Kiss is a sugary sweet read. It’s full of teenage tension, great characters that come to life on the page and wonderful writing. This is all set against the backdrop of Paris, which of course, is the city of romance.
Would I recommend it?:
Slide- Jill Hathaway