Sunday, January 5, 2014
Anna and the French Kiss
Publication Date: December 2, 2010
Keywords: Paris, romance, boarding school
Format Read: Hardcover (gift from my Secret Santa!)
I have wanted to read this forever, and for some unknown reason (I'm poor), I never got around to getting my hands on a copy. So when it showed up in my secret santa box, I literally started it that second.
What really impressed me was how thoughtful this book really was about young people getting out on their own and figuring out who they are and what they can do with their lives. Anna moves to Paris on her own (attending school with many other Americans, but it's still unsettling to be in an entirely different country) and has to orient herself with her classmates and the city.
The story also tackled a lot really well in the way of young love and figuring out how to deal with the hard stuff. There's a bit of romance-gone-wrong, betrayal, long-distance issues, crushes currently involved with other people, and the list could go on. I was so impressed with how real Perkins depicted the struggle all the kids dealt with as they tried to make sense of how they felt and what was happening.
I also loved the relationship between Anna and her friends at the school, not just the focal relationship that the story revolved around. They were so honest and real friends, and I truly believed they were a tight-knit group of people in real life, reminding me a lot of some of my friends I grew up with.
This book, on the surface that seems like another teen romance in a foreign city, actually delves a lot deeper and manages to be extremely thoughtful about problems young people are facing — long-distance struggles, learning to be on your own, and transitioning to college — and I was really pleased with the result.
Read When: You want to be swept away to a romantic city, and don't forget to pour yourself a glass of wine before you start this.