Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publication Date: December 16th 2013
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
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Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?

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This is another book I read a while ago so I will try to remember as much as I can.

I know that I laughed and smiled a lot while reading this. The interactions between Anna and Étienne were adorable. I always enjoy reading books about best friends falling in love, and I think that’s why I read this. There is just something about finding out that the right person for you is also someone you have some history with, that appeals to me.

I am sure that the fact that Étienne had a girlfriend when he and Anna met annoyed me, but I don’t remember being frustrated a lot. Anna fell for him while he was still in a relationship, but that didn’t keep them from connecting and developing a great friendship. It was a little annoying when she realized that her feelings for him were romantic and he was still with his girlfriend. I’m sorry, but Anna was awesome,  and I wanted him to ditch his dead weight girlfriend as soon as Anna realized she wanted him. I know that’s wrong, but it’s a book so give me a break!

It is pretty obvious that Anna’s feelings are returned by Étienne too, but of course he spends a lot of time fighting the attraction because of that same darn girlfriend, but again, I don’t remember this bothering me that much. Anna and Étienne don’t spend a lot of time fighting their attraction and they also don’t sneak around like a couple of cheaters. The author handles this very delicate situation well, and mostly this is just a cute book about a young woman who falls in love in Paris, and who doesn’t love reading about that?

The book is clean, but there are a couple of “French kisses” that will make you swoon. I usually hate reading books about Americans who travel to another country and fall in love/find themselves. It is difficult for me to imagine all of the landmarks that are described and all that detail takes me right out of the story. But somehow this author really made Paris come alive in my imagination. I felt like I was walking through the streets of Paris with Anna. I saw the twinkle lights, visited the Eiffel Tower, went to midnight movies, and ate my weight in baguettes right along side her.  I enjoyed the moments when Anna was exploring the city on her own as much as the moments when she was exploring with Étienne. This was a really well written, fun book that no Young Adult Romance fan will regret reading.

Sorry, I don’t remember if this book had harsh language. I know there were no sexually explicit scenes though so I would recommend it for ages 13 and up.

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Author Biography

About Stephanie Perkins

Hi, there! I'm Steph, and I wrote ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. I also edited (and contributed a short story to) a romantic holiday anthology called MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME. My next YA novel will be horror—a teen slasher published by Dutton.

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