Wow. When everyone* was saying Anna and the French Kiss is probably the best book they’ve ever read; I didn’t believe them. When everyone* was giving this book 5 stars; I thought my opinion would differ. When everyone* was saying Etienne St. Clair was one of the most swoon worthy love interests; I thought ‘how so?’.
Why did I think all of these things before reading this book? Because I’m not that huge on romance taking the forefront of the story. But after reading this I realised this story was a love story. It wasn’t a story where the romance stole the plot. It was a story about love. And in fact it corrected me on the term ‘romance’, there was a lot of romance and swoon worthy moments, it was set in Paris of all places, and was about falling for your best friend when you only became best friends in the first place just to get closer to each other. Wow.
Anna and the French Kiss was amazing. I loved this book. I loved how Paris was described, it made me want to pack up and move there even though I have no reason to. It made me hope I someday find someone that will understand me and take notice of me just as much and as intensely as St. Clair did with Anna. This book definitely made me swoon. Etienne St. Clair made me swoon. Paris made me swoon. This book is 100% swoon-worthy. It’s a 5 star book in another league. Not because it was the most amazing book I’ve ever read, but because it was the most amazing love story that I have enjoyed reading.
I have decided that Etienne St. Clair is by far the top love interest over any book I have ever read. I absolutely loved how much he cared about Anna, I loved that they could have stupid and ridiculous conversations and they both just went with it, I loved the tension between the two. I just really did not like how he could not break up with his girlfriend. He never once physically cheated on her but he did mentally. And that kind of annoyed me. I was sitting there going “Why the hell are you still with your current girlfriend and not with Anna you idiot?!?!” *RAGE*. Other than that I loved him.
At first Anna’s attitude to being forced to go to school in Paris annoyed me. I mean it’s Paris. I would have loved that, it would have been a dream. Sure I would have been scared, but hell, I would have gotten over that. Anna slowly accepted it and got used to living in a foreign country that spoke a foreign language. As I read on I realised just how much I could relate with Anna, I loved that she was honest with St. Clair when it suddenly became too much. I loved they could fight and their relationship still held up, they were honest with each other and understood where the other was coming from. There was no shooting down, there was just acceptance and trying to understand.
I quite liked Stephanie Perkins writing style. It was witty, I laughed multiple times, and all of the conversations cut right to the point. The writing drew me into the story and helped me fall in love with the characters, the scenery, and the story.
Overall I highly enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss, just absolutely loved it. I definitely recommend reading this book!
*I am exaggerating. Not everyone has read this book.