Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book is officially my new favorite young adult contemporary romance novel. It is the absolute cutest and most exciting read I’ve had in a while, so let this review be your wake-up call to go and find yourself a copy.

Anna Oliphant’s normal childhood in Atlanta, Georgia has been torn away from her ever since her father became a bestselling author. Sent away right in time for senior year, she now has to spend her last year of high school at a boarding school in Paris, France. Thus, leaving behind her best friend, Bridget and to-be dreamy boyfriend, Toph. This was the year she was going to finally get all the right people in her life, but now she has to start all over.

At the beginning of the book she finds herself in her new dorm at the School of America in Paris (SOAP) watching her parents walk out of the door. They leave her behind and abandon her to this foreign city where she can’t even speak French! However, as Anna has her first breakdown, Meredith, a girl from the dorm adjacent to hers, comes by to check up on her.

Meredith and her whole friend group are the people Anna hold close through her first few days at SOAP, and they soon become her best friends there. There’s Rashmi and her boyfriend Josh, but no one quite compares to Étienne St. Clair. When she first meets him he looks like a dream. The most perfect hair and devilish grin, his English accent and witty remarks. All the girls fawn over him, and for good reason, but there’s one thing that isn’t quite right. His flaw, his one letdown is that he already has a girlfriend.

So, as our emotionally-wrecked Anna longs for home she also finds herself appreciating the beauty of Paris. Late nights walking the streets, days spent at the movies, lab partners with you-know-who, the worst tragedies, and the most hurtful of betrayals, Anna truly experiences it all in the most romantic city on Earth.

I adamantly and seriously believe that anyone who even has the slightest interest in reading a rom-com turned book/epic boy-meets-girl should at least try to find a copy. When I tell you this book is phenomenal, it is phenomenal. It’s so phenomenal that I finished it during a 5-hour flight and could not put it down. It’s really that good. So, thank you author Stephanie Perkins for bringing this book and these characters into my life! Happy reading!

-Katherine L.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded for free from Overdrive.

Film Review: A Christmas Catch

When December hits around, everyone’s got that holiday spirit and I always find myself binge-watching 100 different holiday movies. Out of the ones I’ve seen so far, A Christmas Catch has been my absolute favorite. It combines my crime, romance, and the holidays perfectly. This combination makes it stand out from the rest and every time I rewatch it, the movie gets better and better

Detective Mackenzie Bennett meets a guy, Carson, who’s perfect for her. Unfortunately the next day she finds out that she’s supposed to be going undercover to investigate Carson. Could the man of her dreams be a thief? She goes on all of these dates and reports back to uncover all of Carson’s past and his secrets. Things about his ex-wife and his childhood. Will this push them apart or bring them closer? Will he ever figure out that she’s an investigator? As they fall head over heels for each other, this movie covers all of their ups and downs and even has a holiday theme. 

One of my favorite things to watch includes crime and if that’s your thing as well as holiday movies, I highly recommend this movie for the holiday season. The ending blew my mind, and I hope it leaves you speechless too.

-Kaitlyn Y.