I have been meaning to publish this for a while now, to review my all time favourite book – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I read this book quite a while ago as well as the others in the series, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After, and instantly fell in love with them.
I would recommend these books to anyone! Such beautiful young adult novels that are so true in their stories, it’s easy to get completely lost in them. The best one is definitely Anna and the French Kiss, Etienne and Anna’s relationship is just so simple and frustrating and real! It doesn’t have all of that ‘love at first sight’, ‘completely perfect for each other’ stuff, the characters have flaws and complications between them. I feel that the main theme to the story is actually friendship. Not only that of Anna and Etienne but of the rest of their friends, all going through high school together, with their own problems and stories. Everyone knows people or had the same relationships with people like these characters. This is what I love most about the book, the reality.
But of course the romance is the developing part of the story. Set against the beautiful back drop of the most romantic city in the world, Etienne introduces Paris to Anna. I love how the adventure and the romance is all tied into one. Anna falls in love with the City and Etienne simultaneously. She is shown a whole new world away from her home in America, a world she ends up calling her home.
I think the reason I really fell for this novel was because of the notion of leaving home, starting something new and having to grow up and join the real world. It is in many ways a coming-of-age story. I read this when I had just started looking at Universities and when I was getting ready to go out into the world, sort of. I really connected to the characters, and felt like I had shared in their feelings.
It’s fair to say that this book is my comfort blanket! It is the first book I go to when I just want to read something familiar and homely. So thank you, Stephanie Perkins, for creating such a beautiful story to hide away in.