14 June 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Publisher: Dutton
Rating: 5 out of 5 
Recommended? Highly!
Buy the Book: Amazon US

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 √Čtienne 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? - Goodreads Page
This. Was. AWESOME! That is all you really need to know, but I will go into more detail. 

AatFK starts out with Anna, our main character, being shipped off to a boarding school in Paris, very much against her will. Straight away, she meets new friends - one of those being a certain √Čtienne St. Claire. After this, the book pretty much follows that standard new school storyline, with Anna settling into her classes and going out with her friends. 

There are so many different things that I loved about this book, and I am trying my hardest to keep from gushing and giving away spoilers. Let's just say that this book had me laughing out loud, and it had me crying as a certain subject hits very close to home. 

That being said, however much I loved this book, Anna frustrated me. I know, I know. I don't really get along with female characters, but I had to mention this anyway. I can't say much without spoiling you all, but I will say that Anna was selfish, and very immature at times. So. Frustrating. Luckily, with Perkins' amazing writing skills, I was able to overlook it! 

I cannot believe that this book was a debut for Ms. Perkins. I was left SPEECHLESS by the writing, and this is definitely the main draw of the book. I love how much research went into the setting, Paris, and all of the fantastic descriptions of the city. I haven't been to Paris, but I felt like I was there along with Anna and St. Claire.

Overall, I highly recommend this book! I know most of you have probably read this already, but if you haven't then go and pick it up! Anna and the French Kiss definitely deserves the hype.


  1. Oh no, I'm going to need the tissues when I read my copy then? I can't believe it's been sitting on my shelf for months and I just can't get to it! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

  2. I think you will, Karen, but you should know by now that I cry at almost everything! Haha.

  3. Yay!! Im so glad you love it! :D I did too! :D

  4. Karen!! Can't believe you have this but haven't read it! =p
    Everyone loves this, so need to get this.

  5. I keep hearing good things about this - I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction but I may give this one a go. Thanks for the review! :)

  6. I've read so many good things about this book. I'm really keen to read it now.

  7. It's a very good book. Recommended !



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