- Publisher: Penguin USA
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 206mm x 32mm | 381g
- Publication date: 29 January 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0142419400
- ISBN 13: 9780142419403
- Sales rank: 1,117
Can Anna find love in the City of Light? Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her co-worker at the movie theatre, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Etieene St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken - and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she's been waiting for?
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Stephanie Perkins (www.stephanieperkins.com) lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
By Amber Smith 14 Oct 2014
Review originally posted on my blog; http://cosyingupwithbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/book-review-anna-and-french-kiss-by.html
'Long awaited' is right! My goodness I've never been kept waiting that long for an inevitable kiss to happen! But you know what? It was well worth the wait.
I loved pretty much everything about this book. The cover was what got me interested in the first place, the one on the right was the one I saw on Goodreads and thank god I clicked on it. I put it on my 'to-read' list immediately after reading the synopsis but pushed it back. Then, when my Amazon order messed up and I didn't get the books I was waiting for I took to iBooks to look for something to read in the mean time. Imagine my surprise when I saw Anna and the French Kiss was available for FREE download! So, I thought to myself 'ah what the hell' and downloaded it. This is the one and ONLY time I will thank Amazon for screwing up because what I read in the next couple of days was an emotion packed adventure.
First of all, the characters; it was so so easy for me to relate to Anna and her internal monologues, her mannerisms and I eventually found myself feeling what she felt. I mean I was genuinely angry, sad, happy and excited when she was. Oh and I was also hopelessly in love with St. Clair by the end, I was sad when the story ended but happy for Anna all at the same time. My poor heart.
For an author to be able to create such a strong connection between the reader and the protagonist is a skill some should learn to use but Stephanie Perkins need not worry. You met my expectations and then proceeded to give me more and for that I applaud you!
There was a good mix of humor and drama for this genre of writing. I like romcom books simply because, whilst there are a lot of drama/thriller/mystery orientated books, romcoms have a way of removing you from your own reality and into a character's world. I was giggling all the way through this book and smiling to myself like an idiot.
"Josh rubs his belly like a skinny Buddha."
"Oh god. What. Is with. The scary enthusiasm?"
"Cheeseburger is always wearing this expression of surprise, like someone's just called his name and he can't figure out where the voice is coming from."
"It's Victor's ghost, wanting to know why you wont touch him. Woooooooo, stroke me, St. Clair."
That last bit of speech made me laugh uncontrollably! Of course all of the quotes there are better if you know the context of them and I urge you to go and read the book to understand the delightful humor this story offers.
I found it incredibly easy to see a bit of myself in Anna. For example;
"...she's smiling now. It's a good look for her. She should utilize the corners of her mouth more often."
""It's okay. It's not my business. My friends fight, too. I mean... my friends back home. Not that you guys aren't my friends. I'm just saying... all friends fight." Argh how distressing."
Like Anna, I too have foot-in-mouth syndrome and can barely control it especially in awkward and uncomfortable situations. Anna's inner dialogue just seems a lot like my own and whether that's a personal thing or not, I still enjoyed the connection and the familiarity.
At first, I didn't like the fact that Anna constantly moaned about being sent to Paris for school. I just kept thinking, "Girl, you are in PARIS! Lighten up, you are in the city of romance and home to the most beautiful buildings in the world!" But then, as the plot went on, Anna's character showed more and more signs of development. Towards the end of the book I understood that in order for any character development to happen, the author had to make Anna seem a little bratty and unappreciative so that in the end, she realized how lucky she was and everything her dad did was for her own good. If her dad hadn't of sent her to boarding school in Paris she'd still be waiting for Toph and numerous other things she didn't resolve until she moved away. She'd never have met St. Clair and that would be an awfully big missed opportunity.
So, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is 12+ due to a small number of bad words that are thrown around in the second half of the book. (****, fu**ing) But other than that it's a very enjoyable read and something that can be read as a distraction from everything else. Immerse yourself in the world of Anna Oliphant (Banana Elephant *wink wink*) and learn a few French words as you go along!
By Molly Gibson-Mee 18 Jul 2014
Review also available on my blog: http://readingismycupoftea.tumblr.com/post/92177584276/review-anna-and-the-french-kiss-anna-and-the-french
Okay, let me say it outright, I LOVED this book. New favourite. Prime place on my shelf. Yearning for #2. Recommending to everyone I see. I LOOOOVVVEEEDDD this book. Seriously.
Now you know what this review will consist of (me fangirling), let’s begin!
So, I knew right away I liked this book. You know when you start a book and the style/voice/narrator/tone just draws you in? That’s how I felt when I started. It surprised me because even though I’d heard such glowing reviews and seen its high Goodreads rating, I was expecting between 65-90% cheeseballs. I mean, a teenage girl falling in love in Paris? I thought it’d be a quick, fun but predictable read. How WRONG I was!
It grabbed me straight away. Perkins’ tone is so damn easy to read and wonderfully addictive. You’ll start by saying “Oh I’ll just read the first chapter out in the evening sun” and end up chilly and locked out at 8:30pm because your Mum thought you were in your room. (….) *ahem* It’s so gripping. The tone made you read so quickly that you visualise the scenes in your mind and forget that you’re reading.
The Paris element. I really loved the descriptions of the city and the people. I’ve been to France and Paris several times and I don’t know if Stephanie Perkins has been there but she captures the essence of the city so well. A novel set in a boarding school in a foreign country could fall into the trap of focusing on the school and when the characters go outside then give vague descriptions - only using the place as a plot device. Perkins avoids that mistake and I loved how well she captures Paris.
The characters. Oh sweet Lord the CHARACTERS! I’ve mentioned before how paramount characters are me, personally, when reading and I simply fell in love with every single character in this book. Even Dave. (I loved how realistically slimy he was). Firstly, the protagonist Anna. As a first person narrator, it is really important that the readers like Anna. I loved her. I think the moment I fell in love with her is here:
IMAGE AVAILABLE ON MY BLOG. LINK ABOVE.
That is my reaction whenever I (rarely) interact with a hot boy. I just flail and blurt out anything on my mind. So yeah that was the moment I fell in love with Anna. She is witty and hilarious throughout the whole book. - Sidenote: first book in a LONG time to make me laugh out. And cringe so badly I had to read through my fingers.
Étienne St. Clair. Wow. I love him. He’s so confident and Anna talks about his hair a lot and who doesn’t like boys with gorgeous hair? And he’s a gentleman and sweet and … I’m beginning to sound like Anna right? Right. Another fictional character to obsess over. But ANYWAY. St. Clair. Some of you might remember that I was worried I might visualise my French teacher as he is also called Etienne. Yeah that did NOT happen. What I love about Étienne is that he is flawed. He’s insecure about his height and his fear of heights. He does make mistakes. He’s also so real. He goes through some real emotional stuff through this book and it makes him, more real. A character you can easily fall in love with. Easily. All the characters in this book were so developed, not just the couple and they were in the background. All interacted and were given thoughts, feelings. I loved seeing Rashmi develop through this book.
Like I said earlier, I was expecting it to be cheesy. Which is why I liked that it wasn’t that Anna loved Étienne straight away. One of my favourite moments of the book is the moment she realises she’s in love rather than a crush. The development in this book is so so SO fab.
The pace is also brilliant. I didn’t find the beginning too long or the ending too rushed. The plot played out nicely and events happened in lovely pattern rather than randomly. When I got to the end, I didn’t feel unsatisfied - wanting more or thinking it was too much, I felt like everything that needed to happen did. I loved where it ended.
Overall this book is wonderful. It’s romantic, cute and really gives you the feeling of being in love. There are moments where you laugh out loud and moments where you cringe so much you have to read through your fingers. Totally relatable and hilarious. I won’t stop recommending this book to anyone. A joy to read.
What did you think of Anna and the French Kiss? :)
By Julie Rimpula 31 Mar 2014
This book is amazing! The story is simple enough, but beautifully and creatively written. It's straight to the point but not boring. Stephanie Perkins mixed simplicity with fab. One of the best YA contemporary I've read.
Let me tell you what I think of Anna. I love this girl, even though sometimes her heart gets in the way of her head it's almost stupid. But I like her wit. Her sense of humor and imagination are amazing. I love being in her head and it's a good thing that the book is written in her POV. She's funny and smart and sarcastic, in a good way. And considering that her father enrolled her in Paris against her will, I'd say Anna is also pretty strong. She handled her transfer well, even though it was difficult for her.
One thing I don't like about Anna is that when she's hurt, she tends to push people away. She forgets her friends and chooses to go through her problems alone. In the process, she hurts the people who care for her, albeit unintentionally. So it's good that she has a friend like Rashmi to make her realize what she's doing.
Now let's talk about Etienne. Smart, charming, beautiful Etienne. I love and hate him. I mean, he's a jerk. Leading on Anna like that. He has a girlfriend, goodness! He's so frustrating that a lot of times I want to strangle him. But I also can't deny the fact that Etienne is a hearthrob. More than his good looks, I like him because he has flaws. He's insecure with his height, he's afraid of heights and his teeth aren't perfect. It makes him more real to me. And despite of those imperfections, he's confident and funny and smart and kind. Funny and smart make a good combination, if you ask me.
I love their friendship, their casual banterings, the fact that they're comfortable with each other. I liked the fact that even though they're miles away from their own families, they found home in each other.
I was frustrated when things got complicated and they can't be together. That's when I started hating Etienne and thought of him as a jerk. But when I came to understand his reasons, I sympathized with him. And Anna. They are both afraid of being alone, especially Etienne. And because of that, he was hesitant to do something about his situation with Ellie, even though he's clearly unhappy with her.
The other characters are also great. Meredith, Rashmi and Josh were awesome in welcoming Anna into their group when she was new in Paris. I love Bridgette's big words. (I learned a new word from her: CALLIPYGIAN.) And although Matt's character has minimum exposure, I liked that he's a real friend to Anna and wasn't hesitant to point out her mistake.
The setting is also perfect. The city of Paris gave a romantic backdrop to the story. (Of course, it's the most romantic city in the world!) I even felt like I was touring in Paris every time Anna and Etienne go out.
I love this book! The swoon-factor is so high, especially towards the end. It's a light read and enjoyable. Anna and the French Kiss also taught me that we don't have to face our problems alone. There's a reason we have friends and it wouldn't hurt to talk to them about what we're going through. Actually, it would hurt less.
By Azizul 12 May 2013
OMG!!!!...I freaking in love with this book...i dont really care if this book is written in a perspective of a girl but I totally can connect with Anna in terms of emotion, the problems that she faced etc...This book really makes me want to go to France and visit all the places that Stephanie Perkins mentioned in this book...soooo damnnn goooooddddd!!!!!!...i should've read this book a long time ago but i feel really good now that i have read it and finally liking it...this book totally deserved 5 stars from me :)
By Michelle Chew 05 Mar 2012
One simple word to describe the book: AWESOME!
I've been hearing about this book a lot on the net and wasn't disappointed after I've read it for myself.
Follow Anna as she was thrown into School of America in Paris alone. Naturally, she's totally upset. But she met her neighbor Meredith and her gang of friends (Etienne included). So everything is normal in school except for her crazy attraction towards Etienne which grows while she was still thinking of her would-be-boyfriend Toph, plus the fact that Etienne has Ellie. (Booo...)
Etienne is just too sweet... bringing Anna to places just because he knew she wouldn't leave the school/residence if no one asked her. So they had great fun. I seriously want to bash Etienne for behaving the way he did a few times in the book. Is he clueless? So ok, he may not be the most perfect guy who has a girlfriend and yet kept hanging around Anna (you the the reason why he did that-hanging around Anna I mean) but why did it had to take so LONG for him to figure out. But boy, when it did, it made my heart flutter! *dreamy sigh* Anna, keep him well!!
Lots of things happened in the book. You'll love their little venture outside of school and everything else. Give a book a try!
5 Stars for Anna and the French Kiss!