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3/10/11: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Oh, Paris, how I love thee, let me count the ways. This was a no-brainer choice for me. I love being reminded of my adventures and fun times in Paris and this book certainly did that.
Anna’s father makes her attend a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. She’s not happy about leaving her friends and family in Atlanta to go to school in a place she’s never been and in a language she doesn’t know. She makes friends quickly, however, and meets the beautiful Etienne St. Clair.
This book brought up so many memories for me. Getting my picutre taken in the Galerie des Chimeres atop Notre Dame. Walking around the Latin Quarter and nearly getting hit by a bus (oh, fun times, fun times), which made a cute gendarme shake his head at me while he tried to hide a smile. Getting crepes from a street-side creperie. Wandering around Pere Lachaise cemetery to find the tombs of Jim Morrison (of course) and Oscar Wilde and Chopin. Macarons. Oh la la, les macarons.
Anna is a well-rounded character. She is confused about boys, she loves movies (okay, that’s an understatement), she seems both proud and embarrassed by her father’s accomplishments, she is a good friend, except when she isn’t, she does things she shouldn’t because it makes sense at the time, and does things she should because she’s a good person. Sounds like me, except for the movies. Sounds like lots of teens, in fact.
Therein lies the beauty of this novel. While not everyone has been as lucky as Anna or me and gets to spend time in the beautiful Paree, anyone can relate to the relationship struggles, the desire to fit in, the desire for a boy – for good or bad – and learning about oneself.
Where do you wish you could have had a young romance?