4/15/2016

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins


Title Anna and the French Kiss
Author Stephanie Perkins
Genre Young Adult Contemporary
Page Count 372
Language English
Release Year 2010
“The only French word I know is oui, which means “yes,” and only recently did I learn it’s spelled o-​u-​i and not w-​e-​e.” - Anna
This is one of the most sweet-adventurous-romantic book I have ever read. I mean, saking romantisnya, bagi kalian-kalian yang lupa rasanya jatuh cinta, read this! You will feel colonies of butterflies in your stomach!

So the story begins with Anna--the main character and the narrator of the story, yang bercerita--lebih tepatnya mengeluh dan setengah panik--tentang keputusan ayahnya untuk mengirimnya ke sebuah boarding school di Paris. Disanalah Anna akan menghabiskan senior yearnya sebelum lanjut kuliah.

Which is actually a very cool opportunity right?

Tetapi buat Anna, this is a big turn, a massive choice. And no, change is the last thing she wanted to have in her life. Pergi berarti meninggalkan sahabat terbaiknya, Bridgette dan juga meninggalkan kesempatannya buat lebih dekat dengan Toph, one of her co workers at the movie theater at Atlanta, dan meninggalkan Sean, his little brother that she cares the most. Ditambah lagi, Anna nggak sedikitpun menguasai modal paling essensial buat hidup di Paris: Bahasa Prancis! I mean she will obviously look like a stranded tourist there. Poor Anna.

Shortly, Anna langsung kena mental break-down tepat setelah Ayah dan Ibunya meninggalkannya di dorm. It finally hits her: She's in Paris! Alone! Without parents! And she can't speak french at all!



Anna and the French Kiss:

Thankfully, kegundahan dan kerempongan Anna in her first day membawanya berkenalan dengan beberapa teman yang menjadi her close friends selama di Paris. And things gets exciting here. She meets Meredith, yang akhirnya membawa dia berkenalan dan dekat dengan Rashmi, Josh and Ettiene. Nggak lama untuk Anna buat sadar that one the person in the circle is Ettiene St. Clair, cowok terfamous karena kegantengan, kharisma dan keramahannya kepada semua orang, and he seems to like talking to Anna too! And things get more exciting when she realizes that Ettiene is out of her league, Ettiene ternyata udah punya pacar. Cantik pula. Zero hope for Anna.


“Boys turns girls into such idiots.” - Anna.

Dalam 372 halaman novel ini, kita diajak Anna untuk mengalami segala kepanikan, kebingungan, rasa penasaran, kagum, semua rasa jatuh cinta dan patah hati, rasa homesick atas kampung halaman, permasalahan dengan keluarga dan sahabat, dan rasanya tumbuh menjadi lebih dewasa dari sebelumnya. It is a fun delightful read :)


Hal - hal yang saya suka dari Anna and the French Kiss:

1. The author keeps the story grounded by giving the character a realistic, relate able persona. Setiap karakter terasa nyata karena mereka punya kepribadian yang khas, dan juga masalah-masalah hidup yang berbeda-beda pula, dan rasanya sangat menarik untuk melihat bagaimana mereka menyelesaikannya. Ada yang memilih untuk memendamnya, menghadapinya, ada yang memilih untuk menyalahkan situasi dan orang lain, just like how it happen in real life. Untuk character developmentnya cukup oke, walau tidak menjadi attention catcher terbesar dari novel ini. 

2. It is a lot more than love. Kita akan belajar soal menghadapi masalah persahabatan, masalah keluarga, pilihan-pilihan hidup, meraih cita-cita, tidak takut untuk mencoba hal hal baru, percaya diri sendiri, dan bagaimana rasanya hidup sendiri di negara asing. You learn lots of things.

3. The Paris description is very vivid. Perkins berhasil membangun latar Paris dengan sempurna melalui deskripsi ceritanya. Rasanya seperti kita actually berada disana. I can hear the opera singing, I can feel my feet standing on the Point Zero, I can see the street lights, and be amazed by the magnificent Eiffel, Notre Dame, and all of the little theaters there, just by reading it.

4. It makes you happy and anxious--smiling and geregetan at the same time. You just feel in love while reading the book.


I know, I know, the whole concept of it is too good to be true, barangkali bagi sebagian dari kita, plot seperti ini sudah terlalu kacangan. Tepat setelah selesai membaca sinopsis, we knew the main character will ended up with the love of her/his life, things will work out, they will meet and confess their love in the most romantic possible way haha. Tetapi sang penulis, Stephanie Perkins sudah sadar betul tentang hal ini, that's why she makes Anna and the French Kiss more than just a love story.


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All pictures are from pinterest

Anna and the French Kiss punya sequel yaitu Lola and the Boy Next Door dan Isla and the Happy Ever After, and I might read those two in the future. As far as I know, karakter di tiga novel ini saling berkaitan, but they can stand alone, it's not necessary to read the other untuk memahami cerita di novel lainnya, semua novel bisa berdiri sendiri.

Untuk yang suka travelling, and experience new cultures around the world, and craving for exciting and lovely adventures, pick up this book!

I give 4.6 out of 5 stars for this one :)

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