“Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins

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In a magical Parisian setting, Anna learns lessons in language, love and letting go.

Anna Oliphant is a normal teenage girl. She works at a movie theater, babysits her younger brother Sean and has a major crush on cute musician/ co-worker Toph. Things seem to be perfect for Anna until her Nicholas Sparks-esque father sends her to Paris for her senior year of high school. NO FRIENDS, NO PROM, NO ENGLISH? Anna couldn’t be less thrilled. Her first night in the City of Lights is spent sobbing into her pillow until a friendly face, Mer from next door, offers her some hot chocolate and a listening ear. As Anna starts spending more time with Mer and her friends, she is drawn to dreamy Etienne St. Clair. The problem? St. Clair already has a girlfriend. As if that weren’t bad enough, Anna soon realizes that her first friend in Paris, Mer, also harbors feelings for St. Clair. As relationships develop, jealousies threaten to split everyone apart.

This truly is a magical book. I love the way Perkins has developed quirky characters that jump off the page. I’m usually not the type to re-read things multiple times, but I have already read Anna three times in the past year. Anyone that has been to Paris or has ever desired to go, will enjoy the setting. The situations show how strong, and sometimes destructive, attraction can be. Most importantly, you really can’t help who you fall in love with. Perkins has created a wonderful world for both teens and adults to enjoy. I highly recommend this charming story for fans of realistic fiction and romance.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

–Kelly Handy

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