So, “Anna and the French Kiss.” This is a book I’d heard a lot about from a group of ladies on a forum I belong to. Some of them loved it some thought it was just good. I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary, so I didn’t quite know what I’d think. However, from the very first page I was hooked. Here’s a blurb from Amazon before I go any further.
Anna is not happy about spending senior year at a Paris boarding school, away from her Atlanta home, best friend Bridgette, and crush Toph. Adapting isn’t easy, but she soon finds friends and starts enjoying French life, especially its many cinemas; she is an aspiring film critic. Complications arise, though, when she develops feelings for cute—and taken—classmate Etienne, even though she remains interested in Toph. Her return home for the holidays brings both surprises, betrayals, unexpected support, and a new perspective on what matters in life—and love.
Ok, so girl goes to boarding school, likes guy with girlfriend…in Paris. Not the most unique premise ever. BUT, it’s’ hilarious. The first paragraph of the book talks about all the things she knows about Paris, which is really very little and revolves around pop culture. It just gets better from there because Anna’s voice and her outlook is just so enjoyable to read. I found myself laughing out loud more than once — and one time in particular I was laughing so hard I was crying and my husband was looking at me like I’d lost it. :). But the humor isn’t the only thing about the book I enjoyed. The characters felt real, the intricacies of teenage romance believable, and the misunderstandings relatable. All in all, one of my few ventures into YA contemporary was very enjoyable. Maybe I’ll even try again. :)
One note: I know there are some of my blog readers who are more conservative than others. There is a tiny bit of strong language and sexual reference that might be offensive to some.