ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Posted on 03/19/2014 in Book Review / 4 Comments

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie PerkinsANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Speak on 8/4/2011
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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. She is less than thrilled about boarding school in Paris - until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, he has it all - including a serious girlfriend. Will Anna get her French kiss?

Back off, ladies, Etienne St. Clair is my boyfriend.  And I pretty much loved him, Anna and this entire novel from the start. Everyone has told me how much they just adored ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, but I have always resisted, mostly because the hardback cover doesn’t do a lot for me and neither does the title.  I’m the kind of reader you need to market from top to bottom.  But Stephanie Perkins was in town with a handful of other authors in February for a signing and once again, friends were telling me how amazeballs her books are, so I broke my book-buying ban and grabbed them. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS did not disappoint!  It was fun and snarky and easy to read.  It also didn’t lose the seriousness I like hidden within the pages of the novels I read.  I like fluff when buried underneath are messages to the reader.  I want to be able to nod along with the writing and be all, “I totally get you, giiiiirl.”  ANNA is no exception.  She is the quintessential American girl, is nerdy, but not ashamed of it, and wears Batman pajamas.  I totally loved her. Anna’s foray into a foreign country for the school year was both fun and heartbreaking as she tries to accept the changes in her life, the loss of her friends who are back home in the ATL, and new social customs.  Oh and learning French.  Can’t forget the French.  Perkins’ descriptions really brought me into the book, and into Paris, SOAP, as I walked the streets with Anna and her Parisian friends.  I could wax poetic about Perkins’ writing, but you’ve probably read it, I don’t need to.  If you haven’t read it… ah!  DO IT NOW. The relationships Anna has to learn how to forge are brilliantly done and realistic: Anna and her parents, Etienne and his parents, Anna and Etienne.  ANNA AND ETIENNE.  Le sigh.  The two of them together were ridiculously cute and romantic and I loved that they have so many misses.  Anna’s friends bring such a nice roundness to the novel; there is something wrong with all of them, whether it’s insecurities, family troubles, liking a boy you know you can never have.  Hey, we’ve all been there, right? Overall, this is a sweetly romantic novel that melts your heart in all the right places.  

About Stephanie Perkins

Well, hello! I'm Stephanie Perkins, and I write novels for teens (and for adults who aren't afraid to admit that teen books are awesome). I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, attended universities in San Francisco and Atlanta, and now I live in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. My best friend is my husband Jarrod. Our house is almost a hundred years old, and every room is painted a different color of the rainbow. We share it with a cat named Mr. Tumnus. I've always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. On weekdays, you'll find me at my desk, typing away, downing cups of coffee and tea. On the weekend, you'll find me at the movies, waiting for the actors to kiss. I believe all novels and films should have more kissing.

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Jennifer is a bona fide book nerd. She thinks "bookworm" sounds gross and secretly gains pleasure at the pained looks her husband often shoots at her personal library. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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