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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - Review by Jennifer, Teen Blogger

Anna and the French Kiss - book coverHave you ever liked something so much, that you feel the need to share it with people but, at the same time, you don’t want anyone to know about it, because it’s your special thing that you feel so protective about? This is how I feel about the book I will be discussing in this blog post! It’s called Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Our imaginations and our goals are incredibly powerful things, and sometimes we allow our minds to wander into uncharted territory, or in other words, things that would never happen. This is one of the many reasons why the wonderful world of books exists: to allow us to experience our wildest dreams through other people. For me, this concept became crystal clear the day I read the book, Anna and the French Kiss. Throughout the book, the reader follows an incredible journey narrated by Anna Oliphant, the daughter of two divorced parents, one of whom is a famous author (sort of a Nicholas Sparks-style writer) who is convinced that sending Anna to boarding school in Paris, France will 'culture' her. After much reluctance on Anna’s part, she eventually makes it to Paris for her last year of high school, affectionately referred to as 'senior year' in the United States. Anna leaves behind her best friend and partner in crime, Bridget Saunderwick, in Atlanta, along with her almost boyfriend, Toph. Anna dreams of being a famous movie critic and has many quirks and habits that make her ever so relatable and fun to read about. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say that what awaits AnLola and the Boy Next Door - book coverna in Paris, I can only dream of: a cute British boy with an even cuter name. Étienne St. Clair, the heartthrob of SOAP, 'The School Of America in Paris'.

The way Stephanie Perkins expertly taps into the brains of young adults is brilliant: Anna Oliphant could be my best friend (or even me), and St. Clair could be my boyfriend/best friend. Not only does the book embody the ideal boy-girl relationship, but it also explores Paris in a way that conveys the true beauty of the city of light and romance. Any book that can get an emotional response from me is seriously a keeper; I both laughed and cried. The first time I read this book, it took me one night because I just couldn’t put it down. I have since read it 10-15 times, and it is definitely one of my ALL-TIME favourites!  

The novel has its emotional ups and downs. It is the epitome of a classic and refreshing young adult fiction novel. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun, interesting and international work of genius!

If you’re as much of a fan of Stephanie Perkins as I am, have no fear, she also has another book out right now called Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is in the same series and even has surprise appearances of certain characters.

Isla and the Happily Ever After - book coverShe also has another book that was just released in August called, Isla and the Happily Ever After, and there is much more about Anna.


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