Author: Stephanie Perkins
Adorable. If I had just one word to describe this book, that would be it. Anna is am amazing narrator. From the beginning, she was hilarious and her personality paired with Perkins’s casual writing style made this such an easy, refreshing read. I was dying of laughter on probably every page but one of my favorites is: “French name. English accent. American school. Anna confused.” All of the characters in this book especially Anna’s friends in Paris were so lively and had such character, I love them!
Basically, in this book, Anna is sent off to the School of America in Paris by her father who is a mediocre writer in her eyes. She obviously didn’t want to go at first but I mean it’s Paris, ya learn to love it. Most importantly, she was upset about leaving behind her best friend, Bridget, and her sort of-almost boyfriend, Toph. However, that all changes and rather quickly once she meets Etienne St. Clair. The beautiful American, British masterpiece with a French name. The catch? He already has a girlfriend. With many ups and downs, this is a story of gradually falling in love. (There will be spoilers ahead so if you haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss then proceed at your own risk.)
I already mentioned how much I liked Anna. She came off as so confident right from the jump and easily fit in with her newfound friends. I’m just a tad envious of how she so easily held up a conversation with Etienne. If that was me? There’s a high probability that I would just stand there with my mouth open like a fool. Speaking of Etienne, of course, I instantly fell in love with him because he’s British but other than that, he is hilarious and such a charming, easy guy to get along with.
With most contemporaries, it can be so annoying when the main character and his/her love interest don’t get together until the very end. This happened with Anna and Etienne but they were cute throughout the whole book so it didn’t even bother me. It was adorable when he took her to all the sights in Paris like Point Zero and made her make a wish. Then at the end, he said that she wished for her each time. Ugh, hearts. All the Christmas emails and phone calls were absolutely adorable. The scene where they went to the bookstore was great and can we just talk about how amazing that bookstore is. I NEED TO GO. I just need to go to Paris in general, this book filled me with such wanderlust that I’m about to buy a plane ticket. Just kidding, I’m broke and have no friends to travel with.
Ellie, Etienne’s girlfriend, was the main obstacle preventing Anna and Etienne from getting together. Usually, it’s just so infuriating when the guy refuses to break up with his girlfriend when he’s so clearly in love with another girl. However, Etienne’s situation was totally excusable. After finding out that his mom had cancer and the whole ordeal with his dad not letting him see her, his life was getting turned completely upside down. I could understand why he didn’t want to break up with Ellie; he wanted at least one thing to remain stable in all this mess. It’s so honorable how he didn’t try anything on Anna because he didn’t want to cheat, ran after Meredith to explain himself because he knew he hurt her and immediately broke it off with Ellie after the kiss. He’s an all around great guy ❤
The ending was so cute! He ran all the way up the tower while being deathly afraid of heights just so he can profess his love to her! Basically, everything was just so cute.
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