Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
In this rom-com, an American high school senior, Anna, is forced by her father to go to the School of America in Paris. However, on her first day, she meets a group of friends that she is soon integrated into. One of these friends includes a handsome, short, mischievous, and charming Étienne St. Clair. In a twist, the not-so-single St. Clair falls for Anna and vice versa, but a tragedy occurs to his family. Through drama, comedy, and a series of events, this first book of a trilogy tells the funny yet sweet story of a couple and how they got together.
This novel was refreshing and a nice break for me. I think what I loved most about this book were the characters. Each character had such a unique set of traits, with backgrounds and stories of their own to uncover as the novel and trilogy pushes forward. Due to the fact that I am a hopeless romantic, the scenes where everything was finally peaceful and stable made my heart swell with joy. St. Clair and Anna’s easy, comfortable, and bantering companionship was really something else; it was the real deal. However, I think I enjoyed their friendship more than their more romantic relationship, if only for the fact that with their romantic relationship they had much more misunderstandings. Overall, this start-of-a-trilogy novel was a light and fun read, perfect for anyone who loves a good rom-com or needs to get out of a reading slump.
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