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 Etienne St. Clair: 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?
- ISBN10 0525423273
- ISBN13 9780525423270
- Publish Date 2 December 2010 (first published 1 December 2010)
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country US
- Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
- Imprint E P Dutton & Co Inc
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 384
- Language English
- URL https://penguinrandomhouse.com/books/isbn/9780525423270
I absolutely adored the Paris setting. The author did an amazing job describing the scenery and personality of the city. And that's about all I enjoyed with this book...
All the elements were there for a wonderful story - engaging setting, interesting characters, surprising twists. However, I really could not enjoy the romance between Anna and St. Clair. He's in a romantic relationship for the majority of the book despite the very obvious attraction he has with Anna. Instead of respecting his girlfriend or Anna, he continues his relationship with both until he finally breaks up with his girlfriend. I'm sorry, but emotional cheating IS STILL CHEATING. To me, he completely and utterly failed as a romantic lead. Sorry cheater, you need to be alone for a while before attempting to be in any relationship with anybody.
Along with the romance, there was a surprising amount of girl hate in this book. Anna feels jealousy and anger toward her supposed close friends because of their relationship to other guys. While I appreciate Anna finally learning to let go of the hate to embrace her friendships, it saddened me that we really didn't get to see a healthy female friendship in the narrative. I guess it is not surprising considering I didn't see a healthy romantic relationship in the narrative either. I have no interest in reading the companion novels.
tl;dr A well-written novel with cheating and girl hate in spades. Truly disappointing.
Anna and the French Kiss just makes me smile. I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much the second time around, but that simply wasn't true. I still adored Anna and her awkwardness around Etienne. I found all of her fears and bumbles and drama totally believable. I mean, who wasn't a mess at 17?! Etienne did frustrate me with his back and forth, but I get it. It's a weird situation to be in, and I doubt most people would have handled it any better at that age. The drama does get a little out of control near the end, but teenage hormones are flying everywhere. I'm just glad everyone made it out unscathed!
Anna and the French Kiss is a quick, feel good read. Yes, I still think the plot is totally cheesy, but it worked! I loved how Anna and Etienne started off as friends, then moved into some questionable territory where neither one of them really knew how to act around the other, and then finally moving into the love stage. It's so nice to see a young couple get to know each other before they start declaring ever lasting love. The one thing that did bother me was that we don't get anything about Anna and Bridgett making up. That's kind of left dangling, and I felt like friendships were an important theme of the story, so I would have liked to have seen some resolution there.
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I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
Мне понравилась «Анна и французский поцелуй», даже очень. Хотя должна признать недостатков в ней предостаточно, и были моменты, которые я действительно НЕНАВИДЕЛА.
Но начнем сначала.
Книга начинается с переезда Анны во Францию и того, как она вливается в обстановку, знакомится с новыми людьми и по-настоящему узнает Францию. И влюбляется. Этьен Сент-Клер прекрасный, беззаботный и умный молодой юноша, в которого влюблены практически все девочки школы. Тот в кого влюбляется Анна (хотя сама она утверждает обратное). Есть лишь одно НО… девушка Сент-Клера.
В книге хорошо показана борьба героини с самой с собой, ее понимание того, что она поступает неправильно. Анна не хочет терять дружбу с Этьеном, не хочет кому-то переходить дорогу и быть камнем преткновения в чужих отношениях. Но она не может бороться со своими собственными чувствами. И все это с каждым днем все запутаннее и запутаннее.
Мне нравился период дружбы между героями. Я вообще люблю тему дружбы между парнем и девушкой (да я в нее верю). То как весело и беззаботно герои проводили вместе время. Мне нравились романтические искорки между ними. Герои были очаровательными, Париж был прекрасен, а повествование легким и забавным.
В книге поднимаются самые обычные подростковые проблемы, а герои совершают ошибки, которые знакомы многим… и это делает книгу весьма реальной и настоящей. Но в книге были моменты, которые я не могла принять.
Я НЕНАВИЖУ любовные треугольники с двумя девушками и одним парнем. Я прекрасно понимаю, что это распространенная вещь в реальной жизни, да. Но, черт возьми я не люблю о таком читать. Я терпеть не могу парней, изменяющих своим девушкам, неважно морально или физически. Если не любишь, если не хочешь быть с человеком – отпусти его, не дари ему ложную надежду, не насилуй сам себя. И да… героиня немного раздражала. Она слишком много себя жалела, придумывала проблемы на пустом месте (как например заказ еды в школьной столовой) и порой высказывала претензии на пустом месте. Я не люблю таких девушек.
Но честно говоря, я смирилась с этими недостатками и вскоре перестала их замечать. Наверное потому что автор дал достойное объяснение всему этому.
Моя оценка: 8/10
Anna is moving to Paris to attend her senior year at School of America in Paris, on her father's insistence. He believes he's doing what's right for her. She thinks he's doing what would impress people, which is why he writes cheesy, tragic romances that get made into films. She is being sent away from her home, her friends, and the guy she's crushed on for ages who seems to be interested... to Paris, where she doesn't know anybody or speak the language. But then she meets Étienne St. Clair, an American boy with an English accent and a French name. Beautiful, charming Étienne, who, with his other friends, welcome her into their group. Anna is finding it really hard to fight her attraction to Étienne, but he has a girlfriend. Plus their friend Meredith also really likes him. Plus she's kind of, maybe, possibly going out with Toph back home. Suddenly the language barrier is the least of her problems.
Anna and the French Kiss is so sweet! A really beautiful story set in a beautiful place featuring a beautiful boy! I found the characters a little furstrating, but in a good way; Anna has a penchant for over thinking, to the point where she thinks in so many different directions she ties herself into knots. What could it MEAN?! She's a little blind, because it's obvious Étienne is into her. Yet Étienne is pretty crap at saying things though. He goes for cryptic gestures that Anna is supposed to understand straight away (that I didn't even know meant anything until he pretty much says so), and is walking this line of not wanting to hurt anyone, not wanting to leave his girlfriend, but not being able to stay away from Anna. I know that makes him sound really crappy, but although he makes some crap choices, he's actually a really decent guy who's dealing with a lot, and just doesn't know what the best thing to do is. No wonder the two are so confused. It's a little frustrating, but creates awesome tension, and it's gripping. And well, how can anyone not swoon over Étienne St. Clair?
Like Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Anna and the French Kiss made me desperate to go to Paris! But we see different parts of Paris in Anna and the French Kiss than we do in Just One Day. And in such incredible detail. I want to go to Notre Dame. I want to stand on the star at Point Zero and make my wish. I want to see the chimera! I want to go to the cute one-screen cinemas, and walk past the patisseries. Oh my god, I've got to go to that place! It sounds so beautiful! The detail is fantastic, and it's obvious Perkins went there herself - or just did an awesome amount of research. It sounds incredible; is there really any better place to set a romance?
When it comes to Étienne, there are a few English stereotypes which I, as an Englishwoman, found really annoying - hardly anyone says "pants", for example. I was really worried I would spend the whole book being wound up by how wrong English people are represented, but there weren't too many, fortunately, and most happened early on, so a good portion of the book was eye-roll free. Some of the Briticisms did sound odd though, and I'm not sure if that's because most other people in the book are American, and mostly American terminology is used, so it stands out, or if they weren't used quite right. I say "mate," "bloody," and "sod," but they jarred me slightly whenever they came out of Étienne's mouth.
Although the story was really sweet and beautiful, and I was gripped the whole way through, I'm feeling like it's a little... forgettable? It sounds awful to say. But I finished the book yesterday, and I can't think of much else to say about it. It was a really good story, but I wasn't wowed by it. Saying that, I did enjoy it enough that I've already picked up Lola and the Boy Next Door, and I'm really enjoying it. That's got to say something, right? I feel like I want to read whatever Perkins writes, but I might not necessarily rush out to buy it.