Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

When Anna is sent to boarding school in Paris, she worries about leaving her friends, family, and a budding romance. But then she makes new friends, among them gorgeous Etienne St. Clair—who could easily beat out the boy Anna left at home... if only he weren't taken. Best: Cute and (other than the fantasy Paris boarding school scenario) realistic. Worst: A sappy romance! Not universally appealing, by any means. But it’s adorable!

Good for: People who like cute teen romances. My favorite thing about this book is the realistic and mostly healthy relationship at the center of it.

Read my review of companion novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door


V. said:On Dec 04, 11 at 5:24am

Why should a book have to be universally appealing? Music isn't intended to be, nor are TV shows or movies. If they serve the audience of their genre well -- and AATFK more than serves its genre well! -- then it fulfills its purpose and is a laudable work.

Audrey said:On Dec 04, 11 at 5:30am

Very true! You'll notice, back when I was doing a "best thing/worst thing" for every book, I would often struggle to come up with a "worst thing" for books I rated highly. Many of them (like this one) ended up being pretty laughable—which is one of the reasons I stopped doing reviews that way.

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