Happy Sunday! Its rainy and miserable here L. Oh well. I’ll just have to spend the day sitting inside reading J. Speaking of reading, it is time for another book review. Today I am crossing another book off my Summer TBR (possibly the last book I am going to read from it). today it is all about Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Let’s do this.
I am a little bit torn over this book, but I liked it. my opinion on this book fluctuated so much while I was reading it. I switched from not enjoying to enjoying about 20 times throughout this book. I think the main issue was that it took me a very long time to get into it. I listened to about 80% off this as an audiobook, then switched to reading it just to get it finished quicker. I must have been about 4 hours into the book before I started to kind of click with it and to enjoy it.
I really struggled at first, and I am not 100% sure why. I mean, Anna did irritate me a bit at first (well, actually for most of the book), but not enough to warrant me not clicking with the story for so long. And although I didn’t think the story was the most fascinating thing in the world, I still found it mildly interesting and enjoyable enough, so I really don’t know why it took me so long to get into it. I think it may be YA romances, where there isn’t something else (mental illness etc.) going on, because I had the same issue with The Unexpected Everything last year. But who knows.
That being said, once I did get into it, I enjoyed it enough. It was quiet sweet and different. I have never read a book that is set in France before, which is shocking since I love France. It is my favourite place in the world. I found it really nice that you where reading it from the POV of someone that has never been to France before so you were getting some really good descriptions of Paris, which I loved. I even liked the romance, although I do wish that that had come to a head sooner as I did start to get a bit irritated by it. but over all, it was an enjoyable little story and I did like it, just not as much as I was expecting too.
I think that some of the reason why I didn’t like this book as much as I had hoped I would was because I had issues connecting to the characters a bit. Particularly Anna. I did find her kind of irritating. She just did some stupid things and didn’t handle situations particularly well which did start to get to me. I also found her kind of self-centred. All of this just meant that I didn’t fully connect to her. Which in turn made it harder to connect to the story.
Overall I enjoyed it enough, I just didn’t love it. I can see why people love this book, but I just think that it was quiet right for me. I think that I will pick up its companion novels, mainly because I have been told that the other two are better. So I will give them a fair shot. Especially seeing’s as I have read Perkins short stories and love them. So I am hoping for the same with Lola.
3.5 out of 5
And there we have it. it’s a shame that I didn’t like this one more, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Have you read this one? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.