I cannot help myself, just like millions of women: I found this novel quite intruiging. Thinking it was about romance and a little bit of eroticism, I...moreI cannot help myself, just like millions of women: I found this novel quite intruiging. Thinking it was about romance and a little bit of eroticism, I was in for a treat. Well, I'm not sure you'd call it a treat, perhaps surprise is a better word. This novel was nothing I expected, especially all the erotic, sexual and BDSM things that happened during the novel. And though I am not usually fond of erotic novels, I just kept on reading, I really couldn't (or wouldn't) stop.
We all have our fantasies, but this was certainly not one of them. Although I liked the story very much, and although it intruiged me a lot, I still wouldn't want to experience it myself. No, thank you very much.
Even so, I cannot help but wonder how this story will go on in the next two novels.. I guess I better get started...(less)
A Young Adult slash romance novel, Anna and the French Kiss looks as if it’s just another one of the billion YA novels published nowadays. And guess w...moreA Young Adult slash romance novel, Anna and the French Kiss looks as if it’s just another one of the billion YA novels published nowadays. And guess what? It is. The description on Goodreads is:
“Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.”
Oh yes, it really does sound like just another run-of-the-mill young adult novel. Anna, our protagonist, moves to Paris with the idea that it will be absolutely horrible to live and study in the City of Lights. Until she meets Étienne St. Clair (called St. Clair by his friends, which sounds a bit weird to me). Of course he is the absolutely beautiful boy everybody falls in love with, which is a necessary plot device found in almost every YA novel. But St. Clair has a girlfriend. And they seem happy. So there is nothing left to do but go to class with all the other rich kids, become St. Clair’s best friend, get to know Paris un petit peu and hope St. Clair and his girlfriend break up very soon.
I found this book on Goodreads, and saw some good reviews by people whose reviews I usually trust, so I gave it a shot. Not being that big a fan of YA myself, I was prejudiced from the start and did not really believe this to be an exception to the standard YA novels I’ve read. And it wasn’t. The book could have ended a hundred pages earlier if the main characters would’ve just talked to each other immediately when problems arise, but I know that’s not how it works. I also thought the characters to be quite one-dimensional, with no depth whatsoever.
However, it was an amusing and quick read, knowing from the start how it was going to end. So if you’re looking for a YA novel with a surprising plot twist, this is definitely not the book you’re looking for. If you want to read a light, easy YA novel in between your heavier literature reads, this might be a potential candidate. But don’t expect too much of it.(less)