Friday, January 07, 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

This week I'm writing a review on Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. There was a lot of good buzz surrounding this book, and I devoured it in a couple days! It was a fresh break from all the paranormal YA I read in 2010 (and, no, I'm not knocking paranormal. It's what I write too!)

Goodreads Description:

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 √Čtienne 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?

My Review:

What's not to love?!? The book is a sweet coming-of-age story that takes place in Paris with a love interest who has an adorable accent. I really need to get the audio version of this book!

Anna is the girl you've always wanted to be - funny, talented, witty, and she has a crush on amazing guy. It just so happens that the object of her affections already has a girlfriend. And her new best friend also has hots for the guy. How's that for immediate tension?

The book has amazing pacing as we follow Anna while she struggles with learning a new language, making new friends, and exploring the city of Love. The characters are well-developed, each with their own quirks and character flaws.

And the best part? The swoon-factor. I remember reading Twilight for the first time ... the reason I couldn't put it down was because it actually made me feel like I was falling in love for the first time (again). Anna and the French Kiss does the same thing! It's all about catching those glances, feeling someone's leg against yours in the movie theater ... all the wondering about what the other person is thinking.

For all these reasons, I give Anna and the French Kiss 5 Palm Trees.

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?


  1. I haven't read it, but I want to since everyone seems to love it. As soon as I take a break from fantasy, I'm going to read this one. In fact, I almost bought it last weekend.

  2. This was SUCH a good read. I went into it just knowing that I wasn't going to like it bc of all of the hype, but I can't stop thinking about it! Stephanie Perkins is my new hero(inne). :)

  3. Nice review. "Anna and the French Kiss" is a wonderful book. Recommended !



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