Another book which has been on my TBR for almost two years is Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I bought this book in 2016, because it sounded really lovely back then. However, I never managed to pick it up until now. Was it still as lovely as I thought it would be when I bought it?Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Juvenile on December 2, 2010
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
Back in 2016, I was not blogging and maybe therefore, much less of a critical reader. Hence why I gave all the books of The Selection series 5 stars. If I could rate those again, they probably will get 3 or 3.5 stars. I think this would have been the same with Anna & The French Kiss. I assume that my rating would be much higher than it is now. Because hey, if you talk about a book full of clichés, it definitely is Anna & The French Kiss.
Why? First of all, the title. You exactly know how this story ends right? Just by looking at the title and the synopsis of the book. Second, instalove. SO. MUCH. INSTALOVE. Ugh! I mean, this entire book is based on it but isn’t this the most annoying trope ever? Yes, it is. Third, the drama. All the cliché teenage boy drama is there. And to be honest, it makes it even more cliché as the story is set in Paris.
What else can I say about this book? It is a quick read, since I finished approximately 60 of it in just one day. Wow. Did I enjoy it? A bit. The pace was good, but Anna annoyed me so much. However, the bullying and miscommunications gave a little depth into this story, because otherwise this would definitely have been just a 2 star rating. The fact that there are some deeper layers to this story and that it’s a quick read boosted my rating a little. Nevertheless, I removed Lola & The Boy Next Door from my TBR and I totally understand why Isla & The Happily Ever After will not be translated in Dutch. For me, the story was wrapped up after Anna and it was all done.
Do you like a quick read full of cliché instalove? Anna & The French Kiss will be a good read for you then!