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I’ve seen this book everywhere and I am so happy I finally read it. It was absolutely adorable and I ate up every second of it! But seriously, I stayed up way too late at night reading this book. We first meet Anna as she is being shipped off to boarding school in Paris. Anna is nervous about being in a foreign country and plans to sulk in her room rather than explore the city. Honestly, I related to Anna. She was so nervous all the time and it made her feel so real. Sure, its great to be in a beautiful city like Paris but Anna wasn’t given a choice and she didn’t feel confident enough in herself or her broken French to really explore and embrace the culture. Anna is also a bit shy, awkward and unsure of herself. One of the best parts of this book is watching Anna’s character development as she grows and gains confidence!
Anna’s worries about her lack of friends in Paris quickly disappears when she meets Meredith, Rashmi, Josh and St. Clair. Oh the swoony St. Clair! What a cutie. He’s friendly, witty and has an English accent which Anna loves. She is immediately attracted to him and they become fast friends. The only problem is…St. Clair has a girlfriend. Ellie. Ellie no longer attends the boarding school and we actually don’t see much of her throughout the book, though her presence is often the giant elephant in the room that St. Clair and Anna try not to talk about.
So there’s a few things I want to mention about St. Clair’s relationship with Ellie. First, I think it’s fairly obvious that St. Clair isn’t in love with Ellie when we meet him, so I really didn’t feel all that guilty about him and Anna getting together later (although nothing really happens while him and Ellie are together!). Second, Anna and St. Clair were genuinely friends for a long time. Through their phone calls, movies and adventures through Paris they became best friends. It was absolutely adorable to watch their relationship grow. Finally, it made me so irritated that he held on to Ellie for so long! I understand that she’s comfortable, but come on. Anyway, once I got over that small annoyance I really enjoyed the rest of the book.
There was quite a bit of drama and angst due to the aforementioned relationship and honestly it made it a very engrossing read. I had to read to the to know what happened between Etienne St. Clair and Anna Oliphant.
Finally, I loved the setting! As Anna explored more and more of the city we got to explore it with her. Much to her pleasant surprise, Paris is a huge city for film and Anna is constantly going to old movies. When she explores popular destinations like Notre Dame I felt like I was right there with her. I’m so used to books being set in the U.S. that it was nice to mix it up for a change.
Overall, a highly recommended read by Stephanie Perkins. My only regret is that I didn’t pick it up sooner! I have Lola and Isla on my TBR to read soon.
Stephanie Perkins has yet again not disappointed me at all. Anna and the French Kiss was a tough book to follow, but Lola managed to be a great sequel. I especially loved Anna and Étienne's cameos. Those cameos were great because they connected this book with one I already love, while not being the focus of the story, and they make the transition from Anna's story into Lola's so much easier. It was especially interesting to witness Anna and Étienne's relationship through Lola's eyes, and to have them advise Lola and help her through her obstacles.
I loved the characters in Lola almost as much as in Anna. Lola's dads were both funny and very real, and her friendship with Lyndsey was the same way. Her boyfriend, Max, perfectly manipulates the reader into going from hating to loving to hating him again and again. He didn't need to be physically abusive or a criminal to make you realize that he is not the one for Lola. Speaking of the one, Cricket Bell was awesome. He was so sweet and loving and its so hard not to fall in love with him yourself (although I admit, I do love Étienne a little bit more).
Overall, I'd give this book a 4.5 and that's only because nothing can every be as good as Anna and the French Kiss (although this came close).
I really liked how this started off. You have a mystery of how Cricket hurt Lola and then it is revealed how and it is such a disappointment. You also have a weird love triangle which one character was barely present except to bring the triangle to life. Max never stood a chance, even though I actually liked his character at times. I think his portrayal changes and it did not make sense. It starts off where he would do anything to please Lola and her parents and then instantly he becomes a character the author wants you to hate.
I also did not love Cricket. I just could not connect with Lola or Cricket or their relationship. I was getting so bored with everything I had to skip ahead just to finish reading this.
I had a love/hate relationship when St. Claire and Anna were mentioned. I feel they were also different characters than what I grew to love in Anna and the French Kiss.
I will finish the next book, but I hope it is better than this one.
Just FYI: if you liked the first book, there's no guarantee you'll like this one.
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