Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins A nice, light read with a likeable heroine and a romantic hero.

Anna's father thinks spending her senior year studying at the School of America in Paris would be a fantastic experience, shipping her overseas against her wishes. I found this setup to be a bit thin - what parent would actually force his child to change schools during her senior year for no truly good reason? Anyway, at first, Anna is nervous about leaving the school's relatively safe environment to explore the exciting city of Paris, but her new friends step up to introduce her to the joys of Parisienne living. The handsome and charming Etienne St. Clair - half French, half American, raised in London - becomes Anna's closest friend and ally, and before she knows it, her feelings become love. However, St. Clair already has a girlfriend.

Anna was a likeable character, and with his English accent, St. Clair (as everyone calls him) is just the right amount of appealing. The author did a great job invoking the sights and foods of Paris. The pace of the book move along quickly, and the romance between Anna and St. Clair was genuine and sweet.

The few missteps - a cardboard, stereotype mean girl villain, a predictable subplot, and the fact that half way through the story, Anna begins calling St. Clair by his first name, Etienne, which seemed silly by that point. But overall, I really enjoyed this book.