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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I'm reposting this review to celebrate the release of Anna and the French Kiss!! I love, love, love this book, and I hope you will love it as much as I did!  The companion book, Lola and the Boy Next Door comes out in the fall, and I CAN'T WAIT!!  Happy book birthday, Stephanie!!

Anna Oliphant is not happy.  Her dad, a self-absorbed author of tear-jerker novels, is shipping her off to Paris for her senior year of high school to help her become more cultured.  But Anna doesn't want to be more cultured.  She just wants to spend her last year of high school with her best friend Bridgette and her possibly-soon-to-be boyfriend Toph.  So when her parents drop her off at The School of America in Paris, Anna is nervous, miserable, and petrified of being on her own in a country that she believes hates her (well, hates her type....Americans).  

But Anna soon discovers a new set of friends, Meredith, the sweet girl who takes Anna under her wing, Josh and Rashmi, a couple who are completely absorbed with each other...whether it's endless PDA or fighting like cats and dogs, and Etienne St. Clair the smart, charming, gorgeous American boy who was raised in England but is living in France.  Anna finds herself immediately attracted to St. Clair, as all his friends call him, and feels like that attraction may be reciprocated, unfortunately he is already in a relationship.  As the school year goes on, however, Anna and St. Clair's attempts at denying their feelings for each other gets harder and harder, but there are many obstacles that stand in the way of them ever having their perfect French kiss.

J'ADORE this book!!!  I was fully expecting to wait a couple of months before reading this because it doesn't come out until December, but while I was on Twitter one day Kiersten White, super cool author of Paranormalcy (WHICH I LOVE, and may actually be my favorite book this year), was tweeting about how much she loved Anna and the French Kiss and how everyone should pre-order it.  Immediately, a couple of other bloggers chimed in and said that it was one of the best books they had read.  Well, I dropped everything else and started reading it....and I'm so glad that I did!

There are some books that you read when you have the time, and there are some books that you make time to read.....and then there's this book.  Time stood still.  I cared about nothing else.  All I could think about were Anna and St. Clair and what was going to happen between them.  I mean Etienne St. Clair....what about that name?!  Je le trouve bien!!  He was so witty and charismatic, and just plain charming!  An American raised in England who speaks fluent French?  *SWOON* Don't get me wrong, there were a couple of times that I just wanted to haul off and slap him, or I wanted Anna to do it, anyway.  It drove me crazy that he could just string Anna along, all the while having a girlfriend that he seemed to have no intention of breaking up with.  UGH!  Drove me crazy!  But isn't that the point?  These characters were so real to me, and I cared so deeply for them.  I still do!  I'm still thinking about them!

I also loved that they all had flaws.  Both physical flaws and character flaws.  Anna has a gap in her teeth and can't to seem handle being alone.  St. Clair is short, bites his nails and has severe phobias about heights and change.  But they don't let their physical flaws consume them, and they work hard to overcome the character flaws when confronted about them.

Did I mention how funny this book is?  I can't tell you how many times I laughed while reading it!  And I don't just mean a little chuckle, I mean full out laughing until tears came out of my eyes.  My family kept giving me strange looks and asking if I was ok.  But laughter wasn't my only emotional reaction! Anna made me nervous, and excited, and angry, and sad, and hopeful, but most of all it just made me deliriously happy!  I smiled and I sighed, and then I smiled some more.  And I'm still smiling!  The best Romantic comedy I've ever read!  :)  C'est magnifique!

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You might want to know:  Although this book is supposed to be about teens in high school, the fact that they're at a co-ed boarding school in France where drinking at 16 is legal and room-sharing is tolerated, it ends up with the feel of a college dorm, especially considering the maturity of the characters in the book.  This book is pretty heavy in the profanity department, and also the sexual content although nothing is described.  For more details go to Anna and the French Kiss on Parental Book Reviews.


  1. Loved this book! I felt the same way -- this is a book I made time to read!

  2. I read so many good reviews on this one.Even a must read suggestions from a few friends. Bet I have to read it sooner or later ;p

  3. this one looks so cute!! thanks for sharing your review!

  4. Im dying to read this book! Sounds amazing!


  5. OOOh, I just love this movie, never read the book but I bet it's even better than the movie.
    I'm visiting you from SITS. I was out of town over the weekend, so I just now making my way around to the featured bloggers.
    I'm now a new follower! I look forward to getting to know you better!

  6. I loved this book so much! Thanks for the great review!

  7. I'm become more interested after reading this review. Thanks for posting.

  8. Thanks so much!! I can't tell you how much I loved this book!!! And it's getting really good reviews from other people, too!!

  9. I keep reading rave reviews about this book! What glowing praise! That's it - I'm going to B&N!

  10. I'm intrigued by this book... It's always fun to have an external point of view on France! But there are usually a lot of clichés (well... are they really clichés ?! :p). Yes, I'm French ^^

  11. i agree COMPLETELY with your review. i didn't want the book to end, i loved it so much, but i couldn't stop reading because i loved the characters & wanted to know how it ended, and i also knew that as soon as i finished it i could go online and find some reviews & discussions about it- and keep the feeling of the book going a bit longer.
    glad i stumbled upon your blog- can't wait to read more :)

  12. K- I'm glad you stumbled upon it too! I have loaned out my book to everyone I can think of!! It is SO ridiculously good! She's writing another book now called LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, which is set to come out in Sept. But that is SO FAR AWAY!! Then after that ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER which won't be out until Fall of 2012. I just can't wait!!

  13. I totally love the characters and the book itself. I'm a french reader so maybe I'm a little biased, but it's a funny reading with characters I really like to follow.

  14. After reading your review (was it seriously two years ago?!) I thought I should definitely read this book ASAP! But I never got the chance to :(
    I have now... I LIKED the book but I didn't love it. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a light read or something chick-flick(y) but I just didn't fall in love with St Clair or Anna. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book and written well and I love the complications that kept on arising in this book... but it was okaaaay.
    Going to go on and read Lola and the Boy Next Door soon!

    1. Just thinking about this book makes me want to read it again!! I don't read a lot of Chick-Lit, so I don't have much to compare it to, but it's still my favorite, or maybe Lola, or Scrambled Eggs at Midnight....haha. It'll be interesting to see what you think of Lola. She's quite a different girl than Anna. :P

  15. Oh, I really liked the fact that Anna didn't know any french! Helped me since I can't speak french to save my life!


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