Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss 
~Stephanie Perkins 

Reading level: Ages 12 and up 
Hardcover: 372 pages 
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (December 2, 2010)
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0525423273 

 From the author's website:
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.

Anna Oliphant is starting her senior year in high school.  She should be extatic, but she's not; her father has enrolled her in a French boarding school for American students.  She's leaving behind her best friend, Bridgette, and her latest crush, Toph, the cute guy at work who she finally kissed the night before she left for Paris.  She's alone and doesn't know anyone, doesn't speak French, and just wants to go home to Atlanta.

She does make friends, of course, and even while she's pining for Toph, she develops a crush on Etienne St. Clair, one of the guys in her group of friends.  She thinks he might feel the same, but St. Clair has a girlfriend; she graduated last year and attends a local Parisian college.  It shouldn't be complicated, right?  But it sooo is...  

My thoughts:
It's ALWAYS the books that I put off reading that I end up adoring.  Anna and the French Kiss is like hot chocolate (chocolat chaud) on a cold winter day:  It warmed my heart, made me smile, and I didn't want to put it down.  

Stephanie Perkins has written a wonderful story about a teenage girl who's learning that although things change, they're not always bad.  Her cast of characters are well-rounded and each of them brings something special to the story.  Besides the witty writing and sweet story line, though, I think what I liked best is that Anna is a character that I can relate to.  I remember those feelings of insecurity and just feeling so...awkward.  Her fears about being an American in France are comically endearing.  I also swooned with Anna over St. Clair, he was  so charming and sweet had his own problems to deal with.

As you probably guessed from the title, Anna and the French Kiss is set in Paris, and Ms. Perkins does a wonderful job of highlighting all the parts of Paris I hope to one day see for myself.  There were several scenes that took place in the city, notably a very sweet scene when St. Clair takes Anna on a brief tour of the city to assuage her fear of leaving the school's campus. 

In case I haven't made it clear yet, I absolutely recommend Anna and the French Kiss; it's definitely going on my Keeper Shelf.  I plan to read more books by Ms. Perkins, starting with the next book in this series, Lola and the Boy Next Door, on shelves September 29.

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  1. I have this one on my TBR for quiet sometime, I guess I'll have to move it up from the pile.
    Great review.

  2. I looooove this book and Lola is just as amazing! I'm so glad you got around to reading it!! :D

  3. I'm reading this next! And I know, I do the same thing! A lot of the times those books I keep putting down and avoiding turn out to be amazing! Great review! Can't wait to read it!

  4. Lovely review Patti, sounds like a cute book.

  5. The book everyone but me seems to have read :( Now I want it to0!

  6. WOO-HOO!!! I knew you'd adore it! Or should I say, je t'aime it?

  7. What a fabulous review Patti. I also loved how you compared this book to drinking a cup of hot chocolate on a winter day...just perfection. I'm not going to lie, the moment I read that my heart warmed and I wanted to pick this book up right away! It's going on my TBR shelf and I'm going to look into buying this and reading it A LOT sooner than later!!!!

  8. Hurray that you loved this! Have you meet Lola yet? You're going to absolutely adore Lola.

  9. Bookaholic: I hope you love it as much as I did!

    Jess: I don't know why I waited so long!!

    Liza: Can't wait to see what you think!

    Aurian: Thanks hun!

    Blodeuedd: You must read it!!

    Danielle: I so did!!

    Deanna: Thank you so much <3 I hope you like it :)

    Laura: Yes, I read Lola :) Review next week...

  10. Great review! I just finished reading this book as well, and just posted my review of it!

    I felt like it was a good book, but was kind of disappointed in all of the hype it got. I felt like the book wasn't nearly as good as I expected. But, all in all, I enjoyed it!

    Cute blog you have!