Book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna was 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. So she's 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
I'm not usually much of a romance reader, but this book has received so much universal adoration that I had to give it a try. Plus, a fluffy romance book is a good read while travelling.
I've been describing this book to friends as "like a very smartly written chick flick", and now that I'm finished I think it's a very fitting description.
The story is a bit slow to start, but fantastic once it gets going -- it's a sweet, complex story of an American trying to find her way in Paris and all the interesting friends she makes in her year there.
It doesn't shy away from anything, delving head-first into fascinating character personalities and friendships, detailed backstories, and teen issues.
I'll be looking forward to picking up "Lola and the Boy Next Door" when I've whittled down my to-read piles.