Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Date Published: 2nd December 2010
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
My Rating: 2/5
I’ve finally forced myself, literally forced myself to write a review for this one. Writing this at 5 am lol.
This book is a very typical chick flick kinda book. If it was made into a movie, it would be one of those Disney channel teen original movies:
new awkward girl meets hot smart guy who every girl has a crush on, he is dating but never realized that his girlfriend wasn’t perfect until he meets the new girl…..the school’s hottest richest girl also happens to swoon over the cute guy and is also mean to the new girl, but cute guy doesn’t give a shit.
Ring a bell? Ahaan, that’s because the scenario is exaaaactly like that of teenage chick flicks.
So first off, along with a common cliche troupe of a love triange, this book has insanely under-developed, annoying characters.
- Anna is just stupid. She comes to an American School in France and wondering if people here knew english? Like hello, you’re in an AMERICAN school. Ofcourse, people understand english here!
- Her friends, Meredith and Rashmi, are basically non-existent throughout the book except for sitting with her at the breakfast table. We don’t know anything about them, except that they are her friends. And Meredith only appears when she wants to make a comment about Etienne. That’s it. You can’t see any friendship developing gradually or anything. So, basically non-existent.
- Yes, Etienne has got that whole dreamy-cute-boy thing going on, but basically he is out with Anna most nights, sleeps in her room, kisses her, WHILE HE IS IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH ELLIE. I’m sorry but that is not acceptable. He is cheating. And, yeah that’s pathetic. I love his name, I love his looks, but sorry his actions are not justified.
- Can I please say again that Anna is really really annoying? Why does she care about guys so much? All of her troubles in the book are honestly, about either Toph back home, or Etienne in Paris. And guess what? She wants the best of both worlds. Ugh, drama queen. Oh, and she is so judgemental about Ellie. She didn’t even meet her or speak to her and yet, she hates her. I honestly don’t like girl-on-girl hate especially over a guy. And dude, that girl is his girlfriend! She has a f*cking right to be possessive. GOSH!!
- Oh also! Anna is a major movie freak/critic who owns a movie critic website. But, she doesn’t know that Paris is a city of movie theatres? LOL @ that!
However, however, however, I found myself laughing at the dialogues and actually enjoying the cheesiness. I wanted something light, fun and cheery to read. Something that would take my mind off things, and this book actually did that! It did make me smile quite a few times, and the fact that it is set in France! IN PARIS! Aaah! If this wouldn’t have been the case, I probably won’t have enjoyed it as much as I did. Stephanie Perkins was very good with her descriptions of all the places where Anna went to in the book and I actually found myself googling all of those places and re-reading certain paragraphs.
So can I please share a little bit of my excitement of these wonderful places I would like to go on a trip with my friends, on my honey-moon, on my baby-moon, and also for a french cooking course? (Yes, I have everything sorted out.)
Point Zero: where Etienne takes Anna on her first night in Paris and asks her to make a wish.
St-Etienne-du-Mont : Etienne calls this “his” church.
The Pantheon: The place where there was a crypt underneath of famous people. Anna and some tourist guy got into an argument because the guy was making fun of Etienne when he couldn’t climb the flight of stairs. (wow i still remember!)
The very famous bridge of Notre-Dame where Anna first finds out Etienne’s fear of heights.
And now my personal favourite:
This very amazing Shakespeare and Co bookstore from where Etienne gifts Anna the poetry book by Pablo Nerudo. A book-gift is totally sweet. (Point for Etienne!)
So! There it is. Even with the faults and everything, I kind of enjoyed the book because, well, FRANCE! Duh. Also, I think maybe I kind of smiled more because I was reading History is All You Left Me before this and I was in a very depressing state. So a chick-flick was exactly what I needed.
For those who haven’t read this if you guys want to have a light, fun read…then def pick this up. Otherwise, there are so many better books out there lol.And for those who have read it what do you guys think of the book? (Ofc, you love it. Majority of you do!) Have you read other parts of the trilogy? (THIS IS A TRILOGY. WHY? I FAIL TO SEE THE POINT OF CHICKFLICKS BEING A PART OF A SERIES.) But you guys can still give me your opinions about it, I will be happy to hear them!
Take care, and no hate xx