ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
Perkins brings France to life in a way that can only be seen through the eyes of a teen. Anna's reactions absolutely ring true, especially her worries about accidentally offending the Paris natives. Anna and her friends are a joy to spend time with as these international teens are both stunningly realistic and their extremely engaging. Anna’s richness of character and clever turns of phrase will endear her to any reader. Furthermore, it’s easy to relate to the heroine’s “does he love me?” dilemma as Etienne sends out mixed signals about whether or not he’s into her. By the end of this tale readers will feel as though they have treasured friends in Anna and her international cohorts.
Anna is not pleased that her parents have decided to ship her to boarding school for her senior year of high school. Even though the school is in Paris, the move means Anna must leave her best friend, excellent job and cute crush. And to add insult to injury, Anna doesn’t even speak French!
Once in Paris, Anna quickly makes new friends and suddenly a year in Paris doesn't seem like such a punishment. But when her relationship with her new best friend, Etienne, gets complicated and Anna's reputation takes a nose-dive, she must try to figure out how to make the most of her year abroad. (DUTTON, December 2010, 372 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780525423270, 14 & up)
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