Anna and the French KissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anna is sent by her father to the School of America in France – away from her family and friends. As well as having to adjust to a new life and a foreign language, she meets St Clair, who, with his kindness and ability to make her laugh, fast becomes her best friend. He’s already got a girlfriend, so there’s no way she could fall for him, is there?

This is one of those books I’m going to read again and again just for fun, and also when I need a few laughs and a bit of comfort.

Anna’s voice is fresh and real. Her fears about being on her own in France, and her mother going back to America made me think of my own time in college.

As well as the romantic element, the story explores Anna’s new life in France, and the changes this creates elsewhere too, including with her family and close friends.

The characters aren’t perfect, they make mistakes, and they learn from them. St Clair isn’t the dashing hero, always doing the right thing, but although sometimes I wanted to give him a knock to wake him up, his motivations helped add realism to the story.

It made me laugh, hold my breath, hurt for Anna, and all sorts of things, and I had a lot of trouble putting it down until I’d finished it.

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