It has been a little while since I did a recommendation post and I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do. I realised that I should really post something that is a little outside my comfort zone and lo and behold my new recommendation is for Anna and the French Kiss which is a young adult contemporary novel. Something which I don’t delve into often, I usually find the characters to be trope ridden and for there to be some unbearable angst. These are things that I don’t usually tolerate well. I find they dampen the story and yeah, just not a fan.
However, I’m not going to say that Anna and the French Kiss doesn’t contain any of the young adult contemporary tropes but it does do them in such a way that I don’t find the story obnoxious or completely cheesy (the later books in the series suffers from this a little). Anna and the French Kiss for me is a guilty pleasure read. It’s one with the gooey love interest, but I also think it deals with some other things really well. I do love the setting so that’s a bonus and I think that definitely adds to the mystique.
Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?
I think this book is perfect for anyone who is looking for that gushy kind a book the one that makes your heart warm just a little bit, or makes you want to run off and live in a boarding school in Paris. You know those books that make you wish you lived in a movie somewhere. I know you know. Us bookworms always know!
So what I’m saying is basically, don’t write this book off because of it’s pink cover and premise, you may be surprised by some of the characters you might meet in the story and they might inspire you to drop everything for the Eiffel Tower – I kinda wish I had!
What are some young adult contemporary books that you’ve enjoyed reading? It’s a genre I haven’t jumped into and would like to make sure it isn’t all bad!