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    DescriptionAnna 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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  • Delightful, irresistible, adorable.4

    Debby (Snuggly Oranges) 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 Debby (Snuggly Oranges)

  • So, so GREAT!!5

    Manoela Paz 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 Manoela Paz

  • OMG5

    cecilia Bartlett omg! This book is fantastic! by cecilia Bartlett

  • Awesome Love Story for Anyone!5

    Ruth Hill 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 Ruth Hill

  • A breath of contemporary fresh air!5

    Daphne (Winged Reviews) 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. by Daphne (Winged Reviews)

  • Absolutely Magical!5

    Mimi Valentine 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 Mimi Valentine

  • Review: Anna & The French Kiss5

    Juhina & Farah 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

    Maji Bookshelf
    http://majibookshelf.blogspot.com/ by Juhina & Farah

  • Magnifique book!5

    Alaiel Kreuz 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 Alaiel Kreuz

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    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins5

    Amanda 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 Amanda

  • Amazing read5

    Maryam H 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. by Maryam H

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