Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)

Anna and the French KissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recommended for: Fans of Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot

From 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 Étienne 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?"

Anna and the French Kiss surprised me so much. To be perfectly honest, I was expecting a book a little floofy. Diverting, but strictly excellent? Nah. Was not expecting that.

It's true, though. Anna and the French Kiss is EXCELLENT. It's fun, flirty, frothy, fantastically French... Need I go on?

There are many contemporary young adult books out there. How many of them have the incredibly smooth writing style you expect from veteran authors? I'm a picky reader, and the writing is the first stumbling block for me.

Perkins nailed it. Yeah, there were some things I was annoyed by. Anna sometimes acted in annoying ways, but come on -- she's a teenager. I loved how her relationship with St. Clair evolved, and the way it was so realistically fraught. Here there are no vampires, no tortured immortal souls, no life-or-death battles. Just two young people finding each other, and finding Paris. Simple, sweet, and absolutely lovely.

I'm saying it here, and I will continue to say it -- Stephanie Perkins is an author going places. Contemporary young adult -- the fun, flirty, sweet kind -- has long been my go-to comfort genre, and Stephanie Perkins may well be my newest comfort author, taking her place right alongside Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot. I can't WAIT for her next book to be out. Yes, I will be buying that one too.

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