Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

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Now I don’t know about you, but sometimes I love to sit down with a nice cup of tea and pick up a book that you just know is going to make you smile from start to finish. Don’t get me wrong, when the mood calls for it I’m a sucker for an epic novel full of twists and turns, but they can get quite exhausting. As an English Lit student it can feel as though I’m reading a constant stream of classics, and while they can be highly rewarding, they’re also downright challenging at times.

I remember after a particularly tough month of tackling Great Expectations, I decided to treat myself and order something light-hearted, that I could just curl up with and get swept away with, and when i read the blurb of Anna and the French Kiss I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

Without giving too much away, the story follows a teenage girl called Anna, who’s parents decide it would be a good idea for her to swap her American high-school for a French boarding school, leaving behind her best friend and a potential boyfriend. Not ideal.

After some inevitable moaning about how unnecessary the whole thing is, Anna begins to settle into her new life, meeting a rather attractive guy along the way. Don’t get too excited though, he’s a taken man, much to my (and Anna’s) dismay.

This is the type of book that you can read in one sitting. It’s the type of book where you feel as though you’re living it. Although I know it’s Anna who’s walking along the streets of Paris, Stephanie Perkins’s writing style makes me feel as though I could be walking alongside her, taking in all the sights and smells.

There were moments where I had to actually sit and relax my face because I didn’t realise I’d been smiling so much while reading it, and when I reached the final page and closed the book I actually felt slightly heartbroken that I couldn’t exist in that world anymore.

I love books like that.

If you’re like me and craving a book that will put you in a great mood, pick this one up and give it a go. I can almost guarantee you’ll be swooning too much to put it down.