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Monday, March 19, 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

"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?"-GoodReads.

Hardcover372 pages
Published December 2nd 2010 by Dutton

When I read Anna it was the first contemp that I had read in a while. Contemporary had never really been my cup of tea. I need action, adventure, and a knight in shining armor. Well, Anna and the French Kiss does not have a knight in shining armor, but it does have Etienne St. Clair who is perfectly Parisian and oh so very charming. Only problem is that he has a girlfriend. Anna knows it's a bad idea, but she starts to fall for him anyway.

I thought the book sounded cutesy and maybe a little cheesy, but I kept seeing great reviews. Actually, I don't think even now I have seen a bad review for this book. Surely everyone could not be wrong on how good this story was. So I finally caved and bought it. It is now one of my favorite books and I cannot wait to re-read it.

The characters in this book felt like people I might know in real life, and the problems they faced were problems that anyone could have. Who hasn't fallen for someone that is unavailable before? I know I have. Who hasn't thought that it would be neat to go to a boarding school in a different country? There are no ghosts, witches, or other supernatural beings, but Anna and the French Kiss really shows how real life can be just a grand adventure. 

I absolutely loved that it mostly takes place in Paris. So much so that I have started taking French lessons...I'm not even kidding. And it gave me ideas of where I want to go, should I ever be lucky enough to go there. Paris made the story come even more to life, especially when St. Clair takes Anna to different places in the city. It was almost like its own kind of character. Anna was out of her element but she made it seem exciting once she became okay with the fact that she was stuck there. It does have the adventure side of being in such an incredible city.

I could probably go on and on about how much I loved this book and how great it is, but instead of reading my fan girling just go and get the book and read it. It was cutesy at times, but definitely not cheesy.
It has romance, adventure, and feels real...and it has St. Clair...which should be enough of a selling point.
So go and get this book. Now. It is just absolutely wonderful.

Have you read Anna and the French Kiss? Did you love it or not so much? What was your favorite part?


  1. "There are no ghosts, witches, or other supernatural beings, but Anna and the French Kiss really shows how real life can be just a grand adventure."

    This is a great line. I'm basically only about the contemporaries. I love romance, and how these emotions (even if the characters are younger) can reflect my current state of mind. It surprises me a lot.

    I'm really glad you gave Anna a chance. From the title, I thought it was going to be super cheesy too but I was struck but how authentic all of these feelings were, and the chemistry between the two. I would certainly have picked another title but maybe they were catering to a specific age category? I have no idea.

    Great review!

    1. I completely know what you mean by the emotions reflect your current state of mind. I feel like that a lot.
      I'm so glad I gave it a chance too. Now I cannot wait to read Lola!

  2. I've heard nothing but good things about this novel. I followed Stephanie Perkins from before her finished manuscript all the way through to her books deals! It's crazy! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. New follower btw :)

    1. That is crazy that you've followed her for so long! How neat though that you've been able to see her career blossom. She is one of my favorites :)
      Thanks for the follow!


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