Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton

Pages: 372 hardcover

My Rating: 5/5 stars

    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?

Excuse me while a gush a little, okay while I gush a LOT, about this book!  J’ai absolument adoré ce livre! Now I wasn’t an A+ student in French class (but I can put Google to work, and I found myself a translator) and that means: I absolutely adored this book! Everything about it from the plot, to the setting, even the characters; It was purement magnifique (purely magnificent).

The main character, Anna, has her senior year all laid out. Job at the movie theater with her almost-boyfriend (crush that she hopes will turn into more), Toph, hanging out with her best friend Bridge, and just trying to make it through that last year of school before college. However, her dad, in his attempt to impress his many adoring fans (of his books; he’s an author) ships Anna off to the City of Love for her final two semesters. Anna gets it set in her mind that she will hate every last moment of living in Paris even after she acquires a new group of quirky friends.

Mer, the girl across the hall, is a super sweet tom boy. Rashmi nearly the opposite of Mer, has a very tough edge to her but when push comes to shove, she stands up for her friends. Josh is the artistic, funny, cute boyfriend of Rashmi and best friend of Etienne St. Claire. Etienne, the dashing, charismatic, totally swoon-worthy boy happens to be the one that has stolen Anna’s heart without her even realizing it. The only issue: he has a girlfriend.

Okay so now that you have an idea of what the book is about, let me tell you exactly why you should read Anna and the French Kiss:

Because I said so! As intimidating as that may sound, that probably isn’t enough to sway you to read it so listen up. This wonderfully written book is just prefect.

The setting; Paris, the City of Love, is basically the best place to have a Y.A. romance take place. Paris, a place I have never been to, became a near reality through Stephanie’s writing. I felt like I was right there along with Anna as she took in magnificent sites such as the Eifel Tower, Pointe Zero, and the Notre-Dame.

The characters, Anna and St. Claire, along with all their friends were wonderful. Anna is a perfect little mix of every teenage girl out there. She has cute little quirks like collecting bananas, she is funny, sometimes shy, lacks confidence in certain things, has great determination to achieve her dream job, and even makes a few mistakes along the way. Honestly, you could find at least one similarity between yourself and Anna. Etienne St. Claire is a boy that I want to appear in real life, right now! He sounds adorable, he is so dang sweet, and I am pretty sure that accent of his would make my heart beat a little faster. Mer, Rashmi, and Josh are all great supporting characters that add something unique to the table. A+ to Stephanie’s realistic, quirky, well-written characters.

Oh la la, the romance! The chemistry between Anna and St. Claire was tangible from the first moment they met. Etienne has his girlfriend and Anna has her almost-boyfriend but the two can’t seem to stay away from each other. When you have friendship with that much romantic tension, something is bound to happen. My favorite part about their relationship was that it was perfectly, imperfect. They fought, they got too close, they became too distant, they had their normal ups and downs, but no matter what, they were always there for each other. When St. Claire’s mom was diagnosed with cancer, Anna was there encouraging him every step of the way. When Anna had some troubles with her friends back in the U.S. St. Claire did his best to occupy her time. How could you not love these two together. They are two peas in a pod; they go together like bees and honey; Anna is the jelly to St. Claire’s peanut butter. You get the picture?

Alright, so I am going to cut this review off right there because I could honestly go on, and on, and on about how wonderful, fantastic, and superb this book is. So you need to stop reading this review and go get your copy of Anna and the French Kiss right now, I mean it! There is no doubt in my mind that you will love it as much as I did!

13 thoughts on “Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  1. Well if it hadn’t already been on my wish list….it would be now. Great review! Loved how you worked the French lesson into it and how you described the author’s dedication to the city in which the story is staged. Sounds like you felt like you took a trip to the city via the text read….fabulous! Happy reading…. ^_^

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