Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Yes, I'm back on the YA train.  And reading the IT book of the moment, may I add.  If you do not read other book blogs or completely avoid all things YA, I'll do a quick summary.  Basically a girl is sent to an American school is Paris for her senior year of high school and meets the perfect boy who just so happens to have a girlfriend.  It is contemporary YA, so no fantasy, supernatural or dystopian elements.  Basically just a straightforward romance. 

I have to admit that even though all my friends have been singing its praises, I probably wouldn't have read it if Tameka hadn't sent it to me as part of a Christmas exchange.  I don't usually read contemporary YA romances because I have a hard time taking them seriously.  I have a brother who is a senior in high school and when I think of the main characters as Buddy's age, it's just so young.  Also, it's hard to visualize my baby brother doing the things that teens typically do in YA romances.  My Buddy does not smoke, drink, or sleep around and if he did, God help him.  Because Sugar Bear and I will not allow that.  I can handle teenage "issue" books or dystopian/fantasy romances because they are either not focused on the romance or they are not set in a high school.

I think that's the main reason I was really able to enjoy this one - it's set in a high school, but not the typical high school.  It's a Parisian boarding school, which is so far removed from the usual high school setting that I was able to get past the whole "they are babies!" issue I usually have with a book trying to convince me that 14 year olds have found true love and will now be together forever (not denying it happens, my older brother married his high school sweetheart, but still).  So anyway, once I got into the story I couldn't put it down.  Basically it's just the cutest happiest book ever.  I loved the narrator's voice and I loved all of the characters, even the not-so-nice ones. 

It's an easy read and I don't have much to say on the quality of the writing, other than that it was very authentic.  I believed the narrator was a teen and not an adult trying to sound like a teen.  She was cute and funny and a real person.  The entertainment value is amazing.  Like I said, I couldn't put it down.  I brought it to Bestie this morning so she can read it.  It's the perfect escapist book.  No sad ending, no dealing with serious topics, no messages for the young people, just fun and friendship and cute boys.  I had a hard weekend and this was the perfect, relaxing book to read.  100% recommend it to those who have a sense of humor and can enjoy lighter fare.

Update: Bestie started it last night and is also in love!  Yay for spreading the love for an awesome book!


  1. sounds good to me! Looks like a nice summer read! Great review!

  2. So glad you liked this one! You're so right about the enjoyability factor. I couldn't put it down, either.

  3. I'm SO happy you enjoyed it! I had a feeling you would.