Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Stephanie Perkins

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  • Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 213mm x 38mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 2 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0525423273
  • ISBN 13: 9780525423270
  • Sales rank: 7,977

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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. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: 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?

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Stephanie Perkins lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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By Debby (Snuggly Oranges) 14 Sep 2013 4

Writing this review may be one of the hardest things in the world because... how do you gush and still sound original when the whole rest of the world has read and loved this book? Their reviews are no doubt much more eloquent than mine. Basically, the following is the result of reading this book is me melting into a puddle of goo.

This book is straight up romance but it is of the highest quality and hard to resist. Slow build up? Check. Swoon-worthy boy? MEGA check. Get me an Étienne... NOW! Irresistibly adorable dialogue? Check. A romance that develops from the best kind of pure-hearted friendship? Check. If this doesn't make your heart melt, I don't know what's wrong with you.

That being said, the pacing was frustrating at times, in the best possible way. The build up is so gradual but intense, you can't help but get severely emotionally invested in the story. It was one of the really rare instances where I totally lost track of time and page number as I was reading, and suddenly it was 2 am. I forced myself to stop, to keep a normal sleep pattern, but I was immensely frustrated and frantically motioning... NOW KISS.

Little did I know I literally stopped reading at the chapter of the first kiss. Sigh.

The depiction of Paris also pretty much stole my heart. I'm in love with the city, and the descriptions were really fitting. I felt like I was back there, pretty much. And it does give my next trip to Paris a sense of urgency. It's been too long!

The only thing that made me enjoy this book a little less and keeps me from giving it the full five oranges is the stereotyping and the clichés. There's Amanda, the typical mean girl - and that's about it. That's completely who she is. I just rolled my eyes at her and I wished her character had some more realism or depth. Anna's best friend, Bridget, stealing her crush. Sigh. But I also sometimes disliked Anna and her attitude. She was pretty self-centered at times, and though I realize that was part of her character, and at the end she grew and changed, it was deeply irritating.

Summing Up...

I really, truly, thoroughly enjoyed this novel because it was exactly what I needed right now. Romance may be a bit more on my mind at the moment *cough* It was adorable, fluffy, and super lovable. If you haven't read it, definitely check it out when you're in the mood for some romance that will melt your heart. Although I'm pretty sure I'm the last person on Earth to read this. I hope you won't all defriend me because I didn't give it 5 oranges. Please?

Recommended To...

Any and all fans of straight up romance.

By Manoela Paz 07 May 2013 5

When I started reading this book, I already had high expectations of it. I've heard so many great things about it! And while I read it, I was not disappointed. I could not stop thinking about the characters that I was reading in the book all day long, daydreaming about them and what would they do if they were in crazy situations that I created in my head. You can always tell that a novel is good when you can't disconnect from it.

Also, Anna and Étienne are probably the cutest couple ever! They're so sweet together, the way they treated each other and the way that the love grew to happen in this book was perfect. I was delighted probably around 99% of the time I was reading it. Besides, there were a lot of moments of the book that I just had to put it down for a second, just to squeal with happiness at the cuteness of one scene or some flirting between them. God, I was needing a sweet novel like this one. Also, I found it completely impossible not to fall in love with Étienne St. Clair. The english accent, the knowing fluent french, the hair, the smile, the confidence, the way he treated Anna, the way he felt about his mom... This guy is perfect and no one could ever prove me wrong in this.

Also, the character building that happens in the book is really something. Anna grows up so much from the first to the last page! And she doesn't even realize it. People actually have to point that out to her. And this was very human of the author to do. A normal person just don't keep track of how much they grow up (mentally speaking)! And then we watch (or better, read) her go from this scared, lonely little girl to a strong, independent young woman through the course of a school year. How she comes to make piece with things that were out of her control and got to solve problems that earlier seemed so, so big and scary. Way to go, Stephanie Perkins!

Concluding, I completely adored this book, it was definitely one of the best books that I read in 2013, and I really don't know why I waited so long to get to it. Amazing, delightful, delicious, and so many other things. Great, great read.

By cecilia Bartlett 03 Mar 2013 5

omg! This book is fantastic!

By Ruth Hill 02 Jan 2013 5

Let me begin by saying that this is almost as close to the perfect romance as you can get. I absolutely loved the book, and it was one of those books I did not want to put down. I was completely enchanted by the story line, the romance, and the delicious humor. I would never call this cheesy nor sappy, but if it is, it is the kind I love!

Anna was a wonderful character, but it gets no better than Etienne St. Clair! Having had an English friend in the past, I was intrigued to see how much St. Clair was like this friend of mine. I loved the British mannerisms, terminology, and more. And yes, I know that St. Clair was not truly British, but in so many ways he was! I was enchanted by the humor. So often the books that I read miss the element of humor, but this book had me laughing out loud at many times, but there were times that the tears threatened to come as well. Stephanie Perkins is a master at writing emotion--period.

There was only one thing I didn't like. Profanity in the book did not show up until much later into the book, and although the profanity was not prolific, I did not feel it was necessary. Thankfully there were no bedroom scenes. Yes, there were some sexual terms that were dropped here and there, but I was not overly offended. I am glad that Anna was a virgin--always appreciate this in books!

I would love to read a sequel to this book, and maybe one day, Stephanie will do that for us. I doubt I am alone in wishing to see the saga of Anna and St. Clair continue. This was a nice romance, and at the end I actually experienced chills it was so good! If you have not read this book, and you like romances of any kind, this is the book for you!

By Daphne (Winged Reviews) 15 Aug 2012 5

Originally published at Winged Reviews.

Anna and the French Kiss is a breath of fresh air. Amidst all of the supernatural, fantasy and mythology based young adult books that seem to be dominating the market, this book is a fun read simply about the wonders of being a teenager in a foreign city.

Anna has been sent to a boarding school in Paris by her mainly absent father. Initially upset at leaving her best friend, her younger brother and a potential boyfriend, Anna eventually finds herself in a new circle of friends which includes the charming Etienne St. Clair. In the backdrop of this magnificent city, the budding film critic finds herself awed, confused and eventually in love.

The book flowed very naturally and Anna is a delightful point of view character. Perkins imbues her with charm and wit, while keeping her grounded and relatable. Her experiences and reactions come off wholly genuine. Perkins manages to string together a series of almost ordinary events in Anna's life, but keeps everything original and interesting. I empathised and rooted for Anna through every small triumph (movie theatres showing classic films, yes please) and heartache (who here hasn't been hurt by a best friend and that guy).

I remember when I was younger, I went abroad to California for a summer course. It was the first time I travelled by myself and I went into the experience with a mixture of dread and excitement. And then I met a boy and those three weeks were my best teenage memories. St. Clair is that boy. He's every high school crush and summer love you've had or never managed to shake. I would've definitely fallen for his cool English accent and his easy way, but liked that he was real enough so I was just as irritated as Anna by his annoying indecisiveness and somewhat weak will. The chemistry between them was palpable and that teenage girl inside me tingled every time they were together, seriously.

The beauty of Anna and the French Kiss is that it brought back all the good parts of being a teenager. For anyone who has ever had a first love or a new experience, this book is one for you. I'll definitely come back to it whenever I need to revisit those three weeks in the summer.

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"Magical. Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love." - Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series "From the magical streets of Paris to its charming narrator, Anna and the French Kiss has it all. A wonderfully winning book!" --Robin Benway, author of Audrey, Wait! and "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June" "No one captures the exhilarating and exhausting but-does-he-like-me?!' question better than Stephanie Perkins. A scrumptious read." --Justina Chen, author of "North of Beautiful" "Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." --Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and "Scarlett Fever" "Smart and sensual, Anna and the French Kiss is everything your heart is longing for. You'll want to live inside this story forever. More, s'il vous pla?t!" --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the Wake Trilogy "Imagine a mug of rich