I was in the mood to read a fluffy YA romance this summer and Anna and the French Kiss was just the book I needed. I was swept away by Anna, her quirky friends, and the sweet and charming Etienne.
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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne 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?
What I Liked
Love the characters. Anna liked to stick to her comfort zone. She’d rather stay in Atlanta where her mom and her friends were than move to a foreign country where she didn’t know the people and the language. She was at first hesitant about learning French and exploring the city of Paris, until she met new friends who drew her out of her shell. Anna was relatable and had a sense of humour. I loved watching her grow throughout the book, as she learned about friendships and expanding her comfort zone. I also liked Etienne as well as Anna’s friends. They each had their own personalities and quirks and their own lives to live.
There was chemistry between Anna and Etienne. I enjoyed reading the snappy and witty dialogue and their inside jokes. Their relationship was not perfect but absolutely believable. I couldn’t help but root for Anna to get her guy.
Besides the romantic relationships, I also liked reading about the friendships in this book. Each of Anna’s friendships had a different dynamic and none of them were perfect which made them believable.
This was a longer book for its genre (contemporary YA) however it was so addictive and easy to read. Because of the lovable characters, the electric chemistry and the simple readable language, I sped through this book in no time. This was a fun and light read.
What I Didn’t Like
There was drama. A LOT of drama. People cried a lot. It got too much at times and some scenes were melodramatic. Sometimes it got a tad too cheesy.
It was predictable. I was able to predict the main conflicts and the ending. However because of the characters, I was still on the edge of my seat wondering how they would get from A to B.
It was a bit long. There were scenes that I felt were unnecessary, and I feel the story could be made more concise.
As you guys can tell from the Goodreads description, Etienne already had a girlfriend, so this book was kind of about… cheating. I am not too sure how I feel about this aspect in a book. What do you guys think?
The Bottom Line: 3.5/5 stars!
Anna and the French Kiss was a fun and light-hearted YA contemporary romance, perfect for any time of the year!