Published: December 2nd, 2010 By: Speak
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Genres: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 2 Stars
Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?
What I Liked
-I love the setting. Paris is on my list of places I want to visit.
-The historical places visited.
-Anna. Bless her little naive heart.
That’s it. Everything else in this book pissed me off. I don’t think I’ve ever read something so cliche in the YA genre. And, I know that thousands of people adore this book, so I’m just gonna say this. These are my opinions. DO NOT get on here and say that I’m wrong because I didn’t like this book. Not everyone likes the same things. I’m entitled to this opinion because I suffered through hours of reading. I am about to rant!
Anna is an American teen, heading off to the School of America in Paris. Enter St. Clair. Instant attraction. St. Clair has a girlfriend, Ellie. Mer, who is Anna’s next door neighbor and classmate, is friends with St. Clair. Mer also has a mad crush on him. She and Anna are supposed to be friends. Anna knows that Mer likes St. Clair. St. Clair knows that Mer likes him. Instead of being a good friend to her, he doesn’t tell her he’s not interested. St. Clair and Anna start spending time together. Aww, they’re in love. St. Clair is still in a relationship with Ellie. His mother gets cancer. He doesn’t want to be alone, so he is publicly in a relationship with Ellie, on the down low with Anna, and doesn’t try to discourage Mer from falling deeper in love/like with him. Remember, he doesn’t want to be alone. Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, Toph is maybe gonna hook up with Anna when she comes home for the holidays. Anna’s best friend Bridge joins Toph’s band. Bridge knows Anna likes Toph, but it doesn’t matter if she’s not in America to stake her claim, so she starts dating him. Anna comes home to find Toph and Bridge are dating. She feels betrayed. Remember, Anna likes St. Clair also. And he has a girlfriend. Anna is tired of being strung along, so she starts a sort of thing with St. Clair’s nemesis, David. Soon, that little relationship fizzles, and David tells the whole school that Anna is a slut. But….not before she and St. Clair have their first kiss and Mer sees them. Now, Mer feels betrayed by Anna, even though St. Clair is STILL dating Ellie. Amanda, the mean girl, taunts Anna and they get into a cat fight. Meanwhile, Anna feels so alone. No one will talk to her now. Rashmi and Josh are the other two friends in this group of idiots. Everything is so out of wack. St. Clair breaks it off with Ellie and he also mans up and tells Mer that he doesn’t like her the way she likes him. He does all this after he and Anna kiss. Why not before all hell broke loose?!! Anna and St. Clair live HEA.
END OF SPOILER….
Long story short, Anna wanted too much. If she was gonna try a relationship with Toph, why spend so much time with St. Clair? You can’t have a guy in each country to come home to. Don’t get mad with your BFF when she dates the guy, when she knows you’re over in Paris falling in love with St. Clair. St. Clair is an idiot. I don’t care what his problems were, he didn’t have to lead those young ladies on because he’s afraid to be alone. Boo hoo! I just can’t understand how this makes everyone swoon. I just don’t get it. Someone please tell me why this story is so great for you. I just want to understand. These kids are too young to be playing The Young and the Restless. I don’t even think I want to read Isla’s story, or the other one either. I can’t do this again.