Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss  - Stephanie Perkins This review was first posted on Music, Books and TeaAs a general rule of thumb, I try to avoid going into books with extremely high expectations, as I don't want to be disappointed, especially if the book was still a great read. That wasn't the case with Anna and the French Kiss, as nearly every single review I have read of this book sang its praises. Thankfully, Anna and the French Kiss was everything that I expected, plus a whole lot more.Anna and the French Kiss was a book that had it all, and I was in love with it from the very first chapter. Anna's character was great, she was so funny and realistic and I connected to her immediately. I loved the humour in her personality, it didn't feel forced and made me laugh out loud on many occasions. And St. Clair! From all the rave reviews of Anna, I was expecting someone completely and utterly swoon-worthy, and Stephanie Perkins certainly delivered with this character! I found myself falling in love with St. Clair just as Anna did, and now it's made me determined to find my very own St. Clair. (I don't have such high expectations with this!) I loved Anna's friends that she made in Paris too, they all added to the story and I loved each and every one of them. (From the sounds of this review, I loved a lot of this about this book. Namely everything.)There was only one little bugbear that I had with Anna and the French Kiss. And it was with the way she treated Matt when she was back home in Atlanta for Christmas. I know she was upset with everything that had happened, but was that really an excuse for the way she just ignored Matt? That was literally the only thing that I had a problem with, and that wasn't even that big a problem.Anna and the French Kiss was a feel-good contemporary read that certainly deserves all the raving reviews that it has received, and I can't wait to read the companion novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door!