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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: 7,781

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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 Mimi Valentine 31 Jan 2012 5

Three words I would use to describe this book: Hilarious. Heartwarming. BRILLIANT.

I was looking for another 'H' word to summarize it, but brilliant seemed to fit better than anything else - because that's exactly what Stephenie Perkins proved she was by writing this book! Everything about it was just so magical.

I've always wanted to go to Paris, and reading this book fueled my desire even more. Perkins has an amazing talent of writing details so that you're always intrigued and never bored. The storyline was perfectly crafted, and the way she wrote such specific aspects about her characters made them that much easier to connect to.

Anna was the perfect voice for the novel! Her thoughts were always fun and hilarious to follow; I could always relate to her no matter what she did. And her chemistry with St. Clair stole my breath away every time. They were perfect together. But Perkins didn't just write "they were perfect together" - the author showed it through moments that were just as much fun to read as I'm sure they were for Anna to experience.

Beautiful, enchanting, and one-hundred percent entertaining, I have to say that Anna and the French Kiss was honestly my favourite contemporary novel of the year! I recommend it wholeheartedly! Stephenie Perkins is definitely an author I'm going to watch out for. :)

BUY or BORROW?: This is a contemporary shelf must-have! Buy it and love it and gush about it with me!

By Juhina & Farah 31 Oct 2011 5

I dont even know how to start, or what to say. One thing for sure is that, this book is PERFECT. I LOVED IT! I LOOOOVED IT! AND I LOOOOOVVEEEEE IT!!!! *sqeaal*

I have read MANY reviews for this book, and many people told me that they loved it, but i just never got the nerves to start it. I was scared that once i start reading it, it might be a disappointment, you know? When people keep telling you something is amazing amazing amazing. You have high expectations for it, so i was scared it wont live up to my expectation. BUT DAMN IT DID! It blew me away. I was never disappointed, and now i understand why EVERYBODY is squealing about this lovely book.

Lets talk about the characters now. Anna is the protagonist, and i loved her. She felt like she was a real person to me. When i would read, i can feel her emotions, and everything she does feels just so real and believable. I can actually relate to everything she does. I can actually understand her.

St.Clair/Etienne, oh Gosh lovely lovely St.Clair. *sigh* He's so perfect.... *sigh* .. i love his hair *sigh* okay okay enough of me drooling over him, but he is truly a perfect character. I loved him. I loved his hair, his smile, his accent, oh GOD his accent ! Who wouldnt love his accent? Now St.Clair was described so good that i can imagine EVERYTHING about him, and now, i feel like he's a memory of a guy i met ;) haha oh how i wish i actually met him.

His relationship with Anna felt so real. It was not perfect, but thats just how life is eh? It NOT perfect, and thats what makes it so real, special, and believable. It was lovely, and i loved every bit of this book. Really, a HUGE thumbs up to our dear Stephanie.

Happy Reading

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By Alaiel Kreuz 30 Oct 2011 5

I bought Anna and the French kiss at least 3 months ago and I have one big BIG question here: Why did I read it before?! What was I thinking?! I mean, seriously, with all the good things I heard about this book how could I let 3 - not one but three!- months pass?!

Sigh... sorry xD It's just that this book was so so so funny! And touching, and hilarious, and cute, and sweet and... and... yeah, well, I know most of you know that already.

But you know what? I enjoyed this book a lot because I actually had to pass for something similar when I was younger. Why you ask? Well, when I was 18 I had to move to Brasil and although in the end I fell in love with the whole country and culture at the beginning I was devastated because, lets face it, most of my friends and my big crush were in Almeria (Spain). And in Anna's case she was forced to move to Paris and leave her best friend and possible future boyfriend in Atlanta. Which completely sucked big time.

But come on, we all knew that she was going to love Paris, who couldn't?! And for various reasons in fact, first of all, she writes reviews about movies and Paris is the perfect city to go and watch a movie every night without getting tired! Then it has the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées... do I have to say more?!
Anyway, Anna, being new and not knowing a word of French feels quite lost and abandon in this new city. No friends, no family, no language and new school. But things get way better when she meets Étienne St.Clair, a gorgeous, caring, sweet, funny and handsome boy that is the dream of every young girl. The reasons? Let me quote Anna for this:

"French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused".

Yes, he has the best qualities ever! He is sweet like the French people, his voice is sexy and beautiful and he is also from USA which means he understands her culture.

The only bad thing? He has a girlfriend. But we know the attraction is there, we can feel it even more than Anna can and it's obvious they want to be together and Stephanie does an amazing job building the tension in the right moments. I assure you that when nothing happens between them we are as disappointed as Anna is.

If, by any reason, you haven't read Anna and the French kiss yet go out and buy it now. It has everything a YA romance should have, is going to make you smile, is going to make you laugh so hard that you are going to need a few deep breaths to calm yourself and you will fall in love with Paris, Étienne and the way Stephanie writes.

Stephanie, you are an amazing addition to my favorite authors! You are not only unique but funny and great :D

By Amanda 27 Aug 2011 5

Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)

Oh. My. God. Seriously? I. Freaking. Loved. This. Book. Why did it have to end?! Why?! It was amazing. I have heard soooo many great things about this book. I kept hearing that it was one of their most favorite contemporary novels for the year, and for some the greatest ever!

It definitely got me intrigued and when I was able to snag it at the library without putting a hold on it, I was ecstatic! I wasn't even looking for it at the time, I mean, I knew I wanted to read it, but I was just browsing the shelves and I saw the Eiffel tower on the spine and then the name and I freaked and grabbed it.

I don't even know how to explain this book. I started reading it and that was it. I was hooked. From the first freaking page! And I didn't stop then, nope. I read until, like, 4 in the morning! I only got in about 200 pages before falling asleep, but I finished the next day. And wow, I even dreamed about Paris and, of course, St. Clair (Drools!) when I was sleeping. And that's after about half an hour of tossing and turning while thinking about the book. I couldn't get it out of my head. And I still can't. I am so unbelievably sad I finished it. I keep staring at the pretty cover and making a sad face. Normally books this size (Nearly 400.) takes me a few days to read nowadays because I have my son, but I read this book pretty dang fast! If I could add up all my time spent reading it, it might have been about 5 hours all together? And that's because half the time I would read very slow in some areas, or go back and read it over again to smile at it. I will definitely be rereading this in the future and I can NOT wait to read the companion novel Lola and the Boy Next Door. I don't even know what it's about yet because I told myself I would read Anna and the French Kiss before reading the synopsis for the companion.

Anna was a great protagonist, she annoyed me at some points, but all the characters were great. Especially St. Clair! God he's hot. And soooo nice! Even the annoying preppy girls like Amanda was fun to read about. All the characters were pretty real to me, they made mistakes and learned from them, and they were flawed.

The writing pulls you in and has great detail. And I mean GREAT detail. Perkins did an amazing job describing the streets of Paris. I've always wanted to go there, but after reading this I want to go NOW.

But overall, just get it. It was amazing. Really. I kind of want to go back and re-read it now just to be back with the characters and setting.

By Maryam H 15 Aug 2011 5

I really don't have anything bad to say about this book....seriously.

I loved this read. It made my heart melt at times and it had a great pace to it. I loved the settings, the characters, the story...everything.

Anna starts off at a new school in a different country at the start of the story. She's completely thrown into the deep end as it were and has to find new friends and learn a new language. It seems like the new environment allows Anna to reflect and to develop as her own person.

I'm really fussy about how relationships develop in books. I hate it when you immediately know that two people are going to get together and everything's going to be fine between them. This didn't happen in this book. I didn't know what was going to happen. I loved it.

That's all I really have to say. It's definitely a recommended read to everyone. The rating says it all really.

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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