Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS trilogy by Stephanie Perkins | Read Log

Hello people of the internet,

I was watching tyrannosauruslexxx's video on books the other day and she mentioned Isla and the Happily Ever After which is the third installment in Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, first book of which I was meaning to read (I don't know why). So reminded of my old task, I've got the three book on audio. (you gotta praise someone who came up with books on tape, so handy when you're travelling)

This is about a girl named Anna who is sent to study her last year of high school in Paris of all places and finds her soul mate. Though the idea of spending a whole year in Paris with dorm full of kids your age who has bucks on their side, away from any parental supervision, studying French sounds crazy and awesome at the same time, Anna and the French Kiss is about finding yourself.

I found Anna's finding herself part a bit annoying, because she is a drama queen to some extent and her world centers around her. Well, it is her world. I liked the outcome of this novel. How dealing with your 'problems' on your own is overlooked sometimes is sad. But not this time.

I have to say from the beginning that you don't have to read all the novels in order. It is basically all a separate installment and completely stand alone.

Lola is an adopted daughter of a same sex family living it San Francisco. Stereo-typically, Lola is very 'colourful' person with a nack for ostentatious and attention grabbing clothes.

Though you feel like you're more mature, the childish side always shows up. The characters in this book are the perfect example of this kind of behaviour. I shall say they are more real than the characters in the Anna and the French Kiss.

Not sure how this sounds, but Isla was the most realistic character in the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. Though the students in the American School in Paris are pretty rich kids running around complaining that they can't get all of what they want.

But at least their reactions toward teenage stuff were actually teenage-like and adorable and stupid, stupid in a cute way. It's almost like you're growing up with the characters of the series, the 'seriousity' grows along the timeline. Totally recommended.

Thought all of the three books are in a set, all of them can be stand-alone novels. The characters from the previous books shows up in small parts in the later books - not too much be considered as spoilers. (depends on what you think of as a spoiler)

- Anu