Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I know that you agree with me that most often, we judge the book by its cover. Literally. A book that tells a story. Well I just did recently. And I also believed the reviews that it is one good book so I spent my weekend finishing Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. The setting is in Paris and that’s a pretty girl sitting on a bench smiling silly to a faceless boy. Yeah, the reviews and the cover got me. 

It’s synopsis reads:
Anna was 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. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
I do not know if it’s because I have been into more serious books previously (or that I am too old for this type of story) that I find this read boring. The plot is very common: I-like-you-but-we-are-friends-and-you-are-already-taken type of story. However, one commendable thing about this book is how vividly Stephanie Perkins created and built up the different personalities in her book. She did a good job of describing the places in Paris that she highlighted in her story. Like what reviewer said, France came alive under Stephanie’s fingertips. I have not done it before, rating books that is. But this book, I give 3 out of 5.

For now, I will be sticking with my friend’s book suggestions. That is, until I find another nice book cover with lots of positive reviews. Hahaha!


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