Book Review: 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.

J’adore this book.  I devoured this YA romance chick lit book within a day.  Chalk full of teen entertainment and drama, this book will transport you back to your teenage years. Perkins is able to nail every aspect of having a teenage crush. The sweet romance between Anna and Etienne St.Clair (swoon) will make you blush and put a goofy smile on your face. It is a gradual, complicated love that readers will eat up.  The best part? This love story is set in the most romantic city in the world- PARIS! Clearly, Perkins did her research on the city before including details about food, arts, and architecture. I’ve never been to Paris, but this book has made me want to go even more! Sigh…

I also really loved the rich cast of secondary characters–Josh, Meredith, Rashmi, and Bridget. All of these high school students face real problems ranging from relationships, friendships and parents. They realistically handle the situations as any teen would. In the end, readers will connect with these individuals and feel apart of this group of friends.

Overall, this book is an entirely addictive, fun read. Please don’t dismiss it for the cliché title and cover.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nate
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 18:56:50

    I just finished this book a few days ago. It was much better than I thought it was going to be. I don’t have a lot of experience reading chick lit (being a guy and all) but I really did enjoy the book. I do have to say that Anna sometimes annoyed the crap out of me. haha

    But I think that is a good thing because that must mean she seemed real as a character.


  2. booksintransit
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 00:45:40

    Yah I found the whole cast of characters very real (as annoying as some were!) I’m curious as to what made you pick up the book? Have you read any other similar books?


  3. The Nate Gatsby
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 04:37:46

    I read it because another author(John Green) had some good praise for it and I trust his judgement.


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