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Anna & the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

February 10, 2011

This book made me want to back to high school and experience first love all over again, even though I hated high school the first time through. I think back to those days and shudder over how horrible it was for me. I couldn’t get away from there fast enough. But this book made me want to go back, relive those years, and have an experience like Anna’s. It was fun and whimsical. Almost like a fairy tale with the perfect ending. This book was truly a delight to read.

 In this novel, Anna, getting ready to start her senior year of high school, is suddenly shipped off to a boarding school in France by her famous father, changing the course of her life. In Paris, she meets Etienne, the hunky guy with a British accent, and falls madly in love. Of course there are obstacles.  For starters, Etienne has a girlfriend. For another, one of her best friends also has a massive crush on him.

 The characters in this book are funny and charming. Perkins has developed characters that the reader can relate to and would want to be friends with. It’s the perfect light, funny, and entertaining read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to escape back to their high school years, and relive them through Anna and Etienne in a fun and flirty way.

Thanks to this novel, and a few others I have recently read, I am quickly becoming a convert to Young Adult fiction. So many of the books are so smart and quirky and whimsical and lovable. I can see why this genre is growing in popularity faster than ever.

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