Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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?
Thoughts When I Finished:
I’ve never been the kind of person to pick contemporary over fantasy. I have a hard time liking contemporary but I was pleasantly surprised when I really enjoyed this series. I didn’t fall madly in love with it but I enjoyed reading it and actually thought about giving contemporary a chance. I was happy with how everything wrapped up and it left me very satisfied.
What I Loved:
I think what I loved most was how the first and third books were set in Paris. I found the author was really quite good at describing the setting and it felt like I was there with the characters. Plus Paris made everything seem 10 times more romantic.
I also really liked the characters, less so in the second book though. I found the romance in the first book to be very realistic because of all their complications. One of the reason I can’t stand contemporary books is because the relationships start way too fast but end up being perfect somehow. That’s not how it works in real life though. It was the same in the third book. There were so many complications but it ended up making a much better relationship between the two characters.
My second favourite part was that we got to see some characters from different books in all of the books. It was nice that they all became connected like that.
What I Didn’t Like:
I wasn’t a big fan of the second book. I found Lola to be very annoying because it felt like the author was trying to hard to make her be different. Different isn’t always a good thing. I couldn’t relate to her at all and that made me loss interest sometimes while I was reading.
I’m finding a lot of people to like Cricket, the love interest in book two, but I thought that we didn’t see him around enough for me to fall in love with him like everyone else. They didn’t really have much of a romantic relationship during the course of this book but they somehow end up perfectly in love by book three. That bothered me just a little bit. It was still a good book though and worth the read. I’m finding that all of book two didn’t feel like it connected enough with books 1 and 3.
Also the plot was pretty similar in all the books. I was hoping for something a little different in each one but they were almost repetitive though still entertaining.
Who I’d recommend To:
I’d recommend this book to contemporary lovers who like books set in foreign places. (Or maybe not so foreign to you!) I found it really cool getting to visit Paris, even through a book. The romance wasn’t super cheesy like you’d think a book set in Paris would be like so there’s that to count on. I’m sure I’m one of the last people to have read this series but I think that if you like any kind of YA books then you’d be happy with this series.
This is a good series for people who don’t generally like series. All three books mesh together while still being very different from each other. The story lines are generally the same but all the characters are different and have their own problems to sort out. You won’t get bored of the seeing the same characters around for a whole series but you do see glimpses of all of them in each book so you don’t miss them too much. If you like a cute, easy going romance story then this would be the series for you.