Another Anna I loved! Like I said in previous posts, Anna Dressed in Blood was my favorite read of 2011 (It was beyond phenomenal!). Now, Anna and the French Kiss has rocked my world, so I'm just thinking MC's named Anna are probably a sign of a great book J.
Why'd I wait so long to read this one??? I have no idea. Great title to draw you in, great cover art…honestly, it was probably b/c it's set in France. Usually, I find stories set in the real world but outside the U.S. give too much description. I don't love reading long, sweeping paragraphs about landscapes/setting; they usually take me out of the story instead of putting me in it.
I'm happy to say that this book gave just the right amount of detail. I think part of this is b/c we see/learn everything with Anna, who's new to the country as well. Anna is the heart and soul of this book, and I was a fan of hers from the beginning. Her crap dad just sent her to bordering school for her senior year where she has no friends and doesn't speak the language. But when she meets Etienne St. Clair, the ridiculously handsome French/British American with the incredible hair, things start looking up. Too bad he has a girlfriend. And Anna's new best girl friend has a huge crush on him. And Anna may or may not have left her heart in Atlanta. With all these obstacles, will Anna and Etienne ever get their happily ever after?
It's YA romance, people--of course, they do!
But the reason to read this book is to see how they finally get together. If you haven't read Anna, get ready to meet your new book boyfriend. Etienne: great sense of humor, fun-loving, hint-dropping, drop-dead gorgeous heartthrob with to-die-for hair (note: Anna has a thing about great hair)…and he's short. This is mentioned several times throughout the novel. Think a shortie can't be as attractive as the tall-ies? Get ready to be proven wrong ladies b/c Etienne was one of the best male love interests I've come across.
Anna was hilarious, and her friendship with Etienne rang true. Their "near misses" rang true as well. They'll make you want to rip your hair out sometimes, but when they finally do get together, it seems all the more satisfying. Their first kiss is electric. If nothing else (the humor, the great friendships, the great characters), read the book for that kiss. With all the build up, it's guaranteed to make you melt. The scenes with Anna and Etienne were my favorites. It's like Perkins took everything you'd want to find in a YA romance and packed it all into this book. The longing, the almost-having, the heartbreak, and the long-awaited HEA.
This one's a definite keeper. I'd recommend Anna and the French Kiss to anyone who loves great romance. Honestly, though it was one of the first books I've read in 2012, it'll be hard to top this read J
Happy Friday all and happy reading,