Saturday, August 20, 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Why I read it/how I found it: Stephanie Perkins was at a book signing that I went to.

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?

Usually, contemporary books aren't my favorite. Nothing against that genre, it's just not really my thing. But this book was a lot of fun. It was so much fun exploring Paris with Anna and waiting for that French kiss to come around. I really loved how Perkins creates her characters. They all have unique personalities and quirks about them that just make them feel so alive and real. They all have their flaws, which I really appreciated. Because even though Anna is crushing on an American-British-French guy, he's not perfect, and neither is Anna. And through these flaws that help them grow as characters, I felt like even though this was a light read, I still got something out of it without being bogged down by some Great Big Message.

Other information: Stephanie Perkins' website is here.


  1. This book looks ADORABLE and I can't believe I haven't read it yet. Thanks so much for the review :)

  2. The characters were written in a way that I felt like they were real! There are some characters where I could only find in books, but not the characters in this book. Anna's reaction to being left in Paris was like how any else would. She started off scared and intimidated, but like anyone she some friends.... like Étienne St. Clair. I'm a swooner hands down. If St. Clair was over in Paris right now I'd pack my bags and go roam the streets. St. Claire is smart, classy, passionate, and an "English French American Boy Masterpiece".

    Anna and the French Kiss is the perfect summer read if you're looking for something fun and romantic.