Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Year of Publication: 2010
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 372

First Line: "Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge.

Summary: Anna was 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.  So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris -- until she meets Etienne St. Clair.  Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all. . .including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.  Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Source: Back/Inside of book

Review: A fun read.  Nothing too heavy, but not entirely brainless, either.  Anna became somewhat unlikable at a point, but it was necessary, in hindsight, to show character growth.  The plot was not entirely predictable, although there were a lot of plot parallels that became overwhelming after a while.  There is not a lot to say about the novel; overall, it's well-written, and the product of a NaNoWriMo.  I also understand Stephanie Perkins is a nerdfighter (for more information regarding nerdfighters, check out YouTube, search "nerdfighter" or "vlogbrothers").

For another review of AatFK, watch this video.

Worst part: Part of the resolution came too easily.  This is regarding Meredith.

Best part:  The plot was fairly original, as far as the world of main-character-is-new-at-a-boarding-school goes.

Grade: A-

Other Books by This Author: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author's Website: Stephanie Perkins