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Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins This review and more on Sab The Book EaterThis book is one of the cutest books I've ever read. And I'm not using the word "cute" because it's a good story but not good enough to get a 5-star review. Because IT IS! It's one of those books that are easy to read because the characters (not just the main characters) contribute to the enjoyable reading experience and the overall flow of the story is great.Anna is a very relatable character so it was easy to fall in love with her and to feel for her throughout the book. I love that she's a simple girl who's a bit of a nerd. She loves watching films (and she calls them "films" not "movies") and keeping things in order. She was annoying at some parts but the writing's so good, I didn't mind much. She's an overall likable character who's different from most female protagonists we read about in YA books.On the one hand we have Etienne St. Clair who's just as easy to fall in love with. I fell in love with this character primarily because he's British and I'm not immune to British boys. A British boy... fluent in French. Damn. He's probably one of the most adorable male leads I've read about ever. He's sexy without being the hot guy in school. Even the name is sexy. (I could just keep going on and on about how Etienne is now my favorite male YA character ever *swoon*)Honestly I just wanted to describe Etienne in length (because I'm an obsessive freak like that) but then it's ANNA and the French Kiss so I have to stop myself.What exactly made me love this book? It gave me a hangover. Anna and Etienne's relationship progressed so naturally - and that's what I always look for in YA love stories. I often read about stories where the leads would suddenly fall in like/love with each other and I don't really like that, because I feel like I'm being hurried into liking a book. But this one took me along for the ride. I sympathized with the characters when the all the drama happened, and I felt happy for everyone when the conflict was resolved. More importantly, Perkins showed a glimpse of Anna and Etienne's relationship after they kissed and made up. I appreciate that part the most because it sort of frustrates me when authors end love stories with the big kissing scene and then I'm left with nothing obsess about. I actually want to feel hung up on a book - in a good way of course. I highly recommend Anna and the French Kiss. It's the kind of book that's so engaging that it will keep you reading continuously and will make you sad for finishing it so fast.Come to think of it... I might read it again sometime. I seriously miss Etienne. Tee hee.

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