Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Lizzie     Jun 8th, 2011     Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Reviews     0 Replies

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 372 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (December 2, 2010)
Source: Purchased
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780525423270
ISBN-13: 978-0525423270

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 Étienne St. Claire: 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?

Before I picked up Anna and the French Kiss, contemporary wasn’t really my thing. I wasn’t really willing to pick up books like this because reading is an escape for me. Why would I want to read about things that happen to people in the real world? Well, that has changed.

As I read this, I actually felt like I was in France, walking the beautiful streets of Paris with Anna and Etienne, going to the cinema with Anna, visiting the sights with her, and getting fat on pastries and French cuisine. Stephanie created such a perfect story here. I now understand why people were saying that if they could eat this book, they would; I would too! I would not be surprised if it tasted like French pastries either!

Before I read this, I didn’t really understand the fascination with Paris. I mean yes, it’s a beautiful city and all but… why are some people so obsessed with it?! But then I read Anna and I undeniably came down with Parisian Fever. No shame, no shame. I would now kill to go spend time in Paris like Anna did (which will never happen but whatever!). I reblog pictures of Paris on Tumblr like they’re they’re the last thing I’ll ever see. Hah!

Anna was a bit whiny but actually, no more than I find myself to be half the time. And with that, I actually cannot say one bad thing about this book. Well, no… I wish it were longer! The companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss is called Lola and the Boy Next Door, which comes out in September, and I know I’ll be first in line the day it comes out to grab it. I’m quite excited to read more of Stephanie’s writing! Who knows… she may just be one of my new favorite authors…

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