Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published: December 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 372
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge
Other: NA
Video review: Youtube
Buy the book: Bookdepository

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. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

Anna's father decides that Anna will attend a boarding school for her senior year. Not any boarding school, no. He decides to send her to Paris. Anna doesn't want to go, but she has no choice. She ends up in the dormitory and gets welcomed by Meredith, who lives in the door next to her. At the same evening, Anna bumps into St. Claire. He's got great hair, beautiful eyes, a gorgeous smile and not to forget his English accent. She feels butterflies in her stomach - but St. Claire has a steady girlfriend, and there are no signs of the two of them breaking up. In other words: absolutely NOT available.

Anna and the French Kiss tells about the romantic feelings that Anna has in the city of love: Paris. Besides that, she's struggling to find her way in the foreign city, without speaking any French (well, she can say Yes, but thinking it is spelled 'w-e-e' doesn't count). There's an instand click with St. Claire, and we see how the story develops between the two of them, and in the rest of Anna's personal life.

Cheesy? Yes. Cute? Yes. Absolutely awesome read? You betcha! I read this book in one sitting and I loved it. St. Claire (or should I say Etiènne?) is a great character with great hair (!) and is just overall a great love interest. I found him a very likeable and potential swoonworthy character, even though he sometimes is a douchebag. That doesn't matter, I'm sure everybody who read this book loves him all the same.

Anna was a very likeable character and easy to relate to. I like that Stephanie Perkins didn't make her perfect, but gave her natural charisma instead (which doesn't mean that Anna isn't pretty - she's just not typical pretty). She's witty and funny and I love her sarcastic remarks.

Overall I have to say that I really really liked this book and I would definitely recommend picking up a copy! Perkins has a great writing style - easy to read and filled with sarcastic and funny remarks at just the right places.

My overall rating:

Because I loved it!And because I love great hair!


  1. It totally agree! I loved this book so so much and of course Etienne is so down to earth! I can't wait for Lola and the boy next door! Great review :D

  2. Ok, I have to read that book. I heard so many great things about it. The cover is not really my thing though, but I'll put Anna and the French kiss on my wishlist (:


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