I’d seen ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ by Stephanie Perkins knocking about the bookstagram community for a while and HAD to get involved. I was apprehensive that it would be too ‘teen’ and that I wouldn’t get into it as much as I wanted but I’m glad I gave it a go.
It was super fucking cute. I felt every awkward moment, could hear every hitch of breath and my body thrummed with anticipation and urgency right along with Anna who was a fairly likeable character. I loved Anna’s passion for films and I found it really inspiring. For someone who reviews books, I could really connect with her on her film reviews. She was never ashamed of it either and her friends accepted it and it’s just so lovely to read that. The way Perkins described Anna’s crush and growing feelings for St Clair was incredibly realistic and I didn’t doubt it once. I even understood the whole appeal of Toph and her hope of something starting with him. I got it.
St Clair was believable. The thing I love about this book the most is that all the characters are believable! Not for a second did I question any of them. Sure some of the situations are harder to imagine happening in real life but that’s to be expected. I just still can’t get over the fact that these could genuinely be real people. A true testament to Perkins’ writing ability. Back to St Clair though – I liked him a lot. Not book boyfriend material to me but there’s enough interest on my part for me to read the book again someday/pass on my recommendation. His height was a slight issue for me, but I think that’s just because I’m so used to reading about tall men in YA books now that I’m kinda spoilt. Also, he’s such a larger than life person that his height shouldn’t matter.
The pace of the story was good, no faults or praises; I think it was exactly how it should have been. The scene setting/descriptions of Paris were amazing and even though I’ve already been to Paris, I would love to visit the places mentioned in this book. They are so romantic and I feel like it might be rite of passage after reading this anyway. Plus it’s a good excuse for a city break if you ever needed one!
This whole book was a breath of fresh air. After reading fantasy after fantasy, I needed a little teenage drama to cleanse my literary soul. It was a very quick read and I couldn’t help but enjoy every word of it. Eagerly awaiting next months pay so I can get the next instalment.
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