Anna and the French Kiss

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Author: Stephanie Perkin
Pages:  372
Publication Date: December 2, 2010 
Publisher: Dutton Books
Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Anna is less than thrilled when her parents tell her she is going to a boarding school in Paris. Anna does not plan to leave her life in Atlanta where her friends, her job and everything else are. She definitely does not plan to meet Etienne St. Clair, a boy who teaches her so much more about life and love. They seem like a perfect match... if only St. Clair were not already taken.

Anna Oliphant: the main protagonist of the story. She loves movies and plans on becoming a well-known female film critic.
Etienne St. Clair: a Parisian with British accent, whose mother is an American and father is a French, that he does not get along well with. He is charming and understanding.
Bridgette Saunderwick: Anna's best friend in Atlanla. She is a skillful drummer.
Toph: Anna's crush back in Atlanta. He is in a rock band.
Sean: Anna's seven-year-old brother.
Ellie: St. Clair's girlfriend. She does not study with them since she is now a college student. 
Meredith: Anna's next-door neighbor at the dorm. She is the first person that becomes Anna's friend in Paris. She loves football (soccer, in US). 
Rashmi: another girl in Anna's group of friends at the boarding school. She's Josh's girlfriend. 
Josh: St. Clair's best friend. He is a gifted artist, but he does not take school seriously. 

The book really lives up to my expectation. It is funny, romantic and full of surprises. The first impression from that book is that I love the cover and the title is attractive. When I read the first few pages, I was very interested in Anna since she is very realistic than some other protagonists.

The love story between Anna and St. Clair is very interesting. Until many other main characters, St. Clair and Anna have many flaws, as well as their good qualities. By adding those flaws, the author makes the characters and situations they can somehow be related to.

One point that I find a bit cheesy is that why everyone has to love St. Clair. The author makes it clear that St. Clair is charming, good-looking and all, but it does not have to mean that he will be loved by everybody. And the fact that both Anna and St. Clair have bad relationship with their father is a bit repetitive for me.

I love the part that Anna is being betrayed by her friend, Bridgette. The way that Anna handles the situation is amazing to me. Stephanie Perkin really does an outstanding job capturing the feeling of teenagers during this phase in their lives.


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