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Anna Oliphant is heading to Paris for her senior year of high school. She doesn't want to go and has everything she wants in Atlanta: a best friend, a crush, and a good job. She is terrified about moving to Paris for the year, but this is her father's decision. Now, Anna has to make new friends, learn a new language (of which the only word she knows is “yes”) and navigate a place she doesn't know. When she gets to Paris, Etienne St. Clair, a boy whom she immediately is crushing on. There's just one problem: he has a girlfriend. This book is about Anna’s experiences moving to Paris and crushing on St. Clair. 

BTSYA Teen Reader (15):
Personally, I loved reading this book. The romance is good, and so are the character relationships. Readers can easily relate to Anna, who is very realistic, with a personality people are drawn to. Her flaws make her more three dimensional than the others. Other characters are also really well thought out, and create amazing relationships with Anna. Anna and St. Clair’s relationship is sweet and they created a great connection. I loved the romance, because the author knew what she was talking about. The romance felt real, and a lot like what type of romance teenagers actually feel today. 

The plot is original, is well paced, and can draw in any reader. You can't get bored because  after every page you want to read more! Also, the setting is very different from other books. It's in Paris! People always want to visit Paris, and this book allows the reader to get to know the city of love. 

What I didn't like is its lack of diversity. These are the experiences of wealthy white teenagers in France. It is sad to me how the author only featured white characters, and I felt the book needed more diversity. Anna can also be pretty stupid and shows herself as an ugly American. For example, she is surprised they have movie theaters and then goes to American movies. She thinks there are going to be mimes all over the city; and she refuses to eat in the cafeteria because she can't order in French.

Last but not least, I could not stand the way cheating was handled. This book sort of gives readers the idea that they can cheat if their partner is mean. St. Clair had a girlfriend, but he still crushed on Anna and even slept in her bed. I feel that he should at least have broken up with his girlfriend!

I would recommend this book for girls 14 to 16 years old. This is a romance book, and I would buy it for a friend who likes those kinds of stories. 

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love romance and the idea of living in Paris will enjoy this trip to the City of Lights.

Content Awareness Factors:

The plot contains profanity and sexual references. Do not use the reading level as a determant for deciding the book's audience. This is a high interest / lower reading level book.

Type of Book:
This is a young adult romance novel.
Educational Themes:

This is a book to read for pleasure. Themes of friendship and loyalty, as well as cheating, may 

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. You'll enjoy the story, but then you'll be ready for something else.

Title Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss, Book 1

Author Stephanie Perkins
Publisher Speak, Imprint Penguin Books for Young Readers © 2011
ISBN 9780142419403
Material Paperback
Cost $10.99
Genres Friendship, Coming of Age, Growing Up, Geography
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