Review- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna was 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. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.

I’m going to have to try and write a proper review of this book without too many fangirl moments!
So here goes!

I’d heard some great things about this book and was really looking forward to reading it. I was wondering how this book would ever live up to my expectations, but it did! Stephanie Perkins has a way of leading you through the book, making you want to read more and more. I actually finished this in half a day. I loved every moment of it!

The characters are so lovable! Our main character, Anna, is out of her depth in Paris, not knowing the language and any of the people at her new school. I think she handled it very well; I wouldn’t have been able to cope the way she did! For most of the book I loved her, but there were moments when I could have slapped her, if I’m honest. Some of the things she did were just so cruel!
And now for the fangirl moments! Etienne St. Clair. *deep breath in*
Stephanie Perkins has created a simply divine love interest. I don’t come across many boys in books that make me fall on my knees, but Etienne St. Clair did exactly that! There were a few little things that annoyed me about him, but I could see why these things happened and forgave him instantly.
The other characters in the book are really great too! I loved Mer, and Josh made me laugh.

I really loved the plot as I love books set in boarding schools! I’d never read a book set in Paris like this one and it was really refreshing to get a change of scenery: normally my head is in either Britain or America!
I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy reading the romance in this book as nowadays there are so many books with romance featured in them that are written poorly; you can never be sure if the book you’re picking up is going to be worth buying, or borrowing.

I can say that this book lived up to all my expectations. I’d even say that it was higher than my original expectations. I think I might try the authors other books as this one was written beautifully, and hopefully I’ll enjoy them just as much!


Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?

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  • Reply
    Bookaholic 007
    3 September, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Great review! I’ll try and read this very soon! 🙂

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      4 September, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      You better do! <3

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    4 September, 2012 at 9:34 am

    So many recommendations for this one. Who hasn’t heard of this by now? I’m going to read Lola and the Boy Next Door first though before I get to this one.

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      4 September, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      It’s a really great book. I’m going to have to try Lola as this one was so good!

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    6 September, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I really, really loved this one. Up until the very end I just felt like this book was perfection. The ending felt a little bit flat for me, but only because it must have been so hard to maintain that level of romance for so long! Great stuff. ANd I really recommend reading Lola and the Boy Next Door!

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