Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is an incredible tale about a girl forcibly sent to a boarding school in France for her Senior Year of High School. At the American School of Paris she learns that there’s a lot more meaning to life than she had previously imagined back home in Atlanta. Although homesick at first, Anna explores Paris with her new friends, and finds she likes Paris more than she thought she would. This may possibly be because of Etienne St. Clair, a boy that is strictly off limits, but who may like Anna too. But, there is a lot standing in the way of any possible relationship with him.
The author, Perkins, is able to tell Anna’s story with language that is easy to understand, and reflects how many teenagers truly speak. It is casual and comfortable to read. The story is well told and captivating, keeping the reader interested in the storyline. The story is not predictable, making it more interesting for the reader.
Teens who are interested in boarding schools or studying abroad may find this book especially interesting because Anna visits many historical sites in Paris and gives an honest description of what it is like to live in a boarding school. Also, high school students may be more interested in the book because Anna is a high school senior applying to college, which is relatable and relevant to high school students. However, this is a book that can appeal to almost anyone, with its captivating storyline. Dwiju H.; Teen Reviewer