Anna and the French Kiss

17453983Summary: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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Review: 3 stars

I don’t typically read contemporary romances because they really aren’t my thing. But the series has received a ton of hype and basically all of my friends have read it. So I thought I would give it a chance. I tried really hard to love this book and actually could enjoy it if I look at it like a superficial fluff read. Problem is that I had a hard time liking the characters.
Anna is extremely naïve and I couldn’t relate with her much at all. Most of her descriptions of St. Clair were about his appearance and I found her to be extremely superficial. Their whole relationship is going on while he’s in a relationship they both try and justify their actions like anything makes cheating okay.

“Girl Scouts didn’t teach me what to do with emotionally unstable drunk boys.”

” My problems are so insignificant in comparison.”
Well the problems in this book are insignificant in comparison to my life.

I also couldn’t really feel the romance. It was so awkward. I know that when you first start seeing someone you get nervous, this was so awkward it made me cringe. When people mock me for loving why a novel, this is probably what they assume I spend all my time reading.

Let me mention some of the good parts though, because I finished reading it, so I clearly didn’t hate the whole thing. It’s super fast paced, the story keeps moving. The writing is lighthearted. It’s written in first-person and Anna’s voice seeps through clearly. Although she has a super vanilla, awkward and naïve personality, she does have a personality. The setting is also very cool. Going on dates in Paris seems incredible. Obviously not now, with all the terrorism, but as an American the history and architecture of European cities is fascinating.

This is a fluff read. Which basically means that it is a book to cleanse your pallet after reading something heavy that makes you think a lot. It is a quick, superficial, fluff book. If I loved contemporary romance I might’ve loved it, but alas , my problems of the genre continue. It had some extremely romantic moments, but I had too many issues with the book for that aspect to win me over.

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