Friday, March 25, 2011

Book In Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Cover & Publisher

Published by: Dutton
Why I Read This

I read a lot of positive reviews for this book. I hadn't read any contemporary "romance" teen novels in a really long time and I wanted to try something different. Then I had the opportunity to ask for books for my birthday and I couldn't get this one out of my head so I decided to go for it.

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?

(from Goodreads)


Oh Anna...wonderful, sweet, darling Anna. I love you! First of all, I just have to say - this book was perfect. Absolutely unbelieveable. I knew from the reviews that this was supposed to be the best YA romance ever - or at least the best ever in a very very long time. But what I wasn't expecting was just how charming, naive (and not naive), sweet, etc., etc. all the characters would be. What I wasn't expecting was how fresh the story would seem despite it actually being pretty cliche. I wasn't expecting to find myself giggling to Anna's inner thoughts and silly things happening. And I certainly wasn't expecting to care quite as much as I did about heartache and romantic interest.

Secondly, I have to say, that this book felt quite magical. I wanted to believe the story was real, that it was unfolding in front of my eyes, and that these people, places, and events were quite real no matter how unrealistic that sounds.

Third, this book made me want to search out and read everything that even remotely resembles it. I want to read sweet books, I want to read about love and friendship, I want to be giddy all over again. TBR list - watch out, here I come!

My Rating


The Book Depository


I bought my copy.


  1. I think I have yet to see a truly negative review about this book. I can't wait to read it!

    (On another note...I love the format for this review! The headers make the post so well-organized and easy to read. Very nice!)

    Erin @ Quitting My Day Job

  2. You need to get it and read it like NOW! Lol :D Thanks for the compliment on my format and the headers. I wouldn't have been able to do the headers without Small Review's Blogger Tips & Tricks feature. You should check out Small's blog if you get a chance.

  3. Wow, everyone loves this book! I love that feeling you describe at the end where you're just frantic to get your hands on anything that resembles the book you just read because you loved it so much. I hope I feel the same way when I read this book.

    Thanks for the mention, too! :) I'm so glad my post was helpful. The bars do look great (and I, of course, love the pink!)

  4. I love this book too ! Nice review by the way :)

    Easy French