Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
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Anna didn't let me down. Or more precisely, the French setting didn't let me down. I was immediately enraptured with the beautiful places portrayed in the novel. The Kilometer Zero, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the cafés, bistros, and pâtisserie. Everything is so descriptive and lovely.
Anna's love interest - Étienne St. Clair is a main topic in this novel. He's a gorgeous (albeit a little short) French-American who's attending the the same school as Anna. No matter how wonderful St. Clair is, Anna is afraid of getting to close with him as he has a girlfriend called Ellie, and Anna's new best friend Meredith is really interested in him. St. Clair openly shows his interest in Anna, but she's not sure whether he is only joking with her like he does with everyone else, or does he really likes her?
Étienne St. Clair is a flawed character despite his outstanding appearance. He has his moments of weakness and helplessness. He gives me the impression of being someone who's indecisive when it comes to matters of relationship. He is afraid of change and acknowledging his own heart. Sometimes, I feel like slapping him and telling him to wake up, and that he should start acting like a man.
I understand Anna's fears of becoming the third party in St. Clair's relationship with his girlfriend, but I also understand how frustrated she feels when St. Clair kisses her a second and then ditches her the next. She loves him, but she is uncertain about how he feels.
Anna grows, emotionally and mentally, as she lives through her senior year in France. She discovers that love cannot be forced, it just happens. We don't usually have full control of our hearts and who we fall in love in. She also learns to forgive and receives forgiveness from others in return.
Will Anna and St. Clair have a fin heureuse? Read this book and find out for yourselves!
Contents Warning: This book contains some kissing scenes and mentions of sex (though there are no actual scenes of it). Recommended to readers age 15 and above.
Rating: Je l'aime vraiment!