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March 28, 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Author: Stephenie Perkins
Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Children's
Age: Young Adult
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 and the French Kiss is one of those books you keep reading amazing reviews. It was on my TBR pile but I couldn't find the time to read it until a few days ago, when I was looking for a romantic story  with a HEA ending.

I really liked Anna. She was fun and light but also smart. I could easely relate to her, even when I haven't had the same experiences as her. If my parents sent me on my senior year to another country (even if it's Paris) I wouldn't be so happy. But even with that going on, she was always in a good mood and trying to have the best experience. She was a real girl, with doubts and scared, but also ready to take a chance.

At first I wasn't completely sure about St. Clair. He seemed insecure and giving hope to Anna while he was with his girlfriend was mean. But then I thought Who isn't insecure at that age? Specially about love. He was also smart and good looking, and Anna liked him since the beggining. But I was glad it wasn't another one of those instant-love relationships, and I think that's why I liked so much this book. Nobody is perfect.

Excellent characters, awesome writing, Anna and the French Kiss didn't let me sleep until I finished it. I loved, LOVED, that Anna and St. Clair were friends before being a couple. Usually it doesn't happen this way in young adult books, but I think it's more real.

Overall, I loved this book and I can't wait to read other books from this author, as Lola and the Boy Next Door.


17 comments:

  1. I don't read a ton of contemporary books, but I absolutely LOVE this book. It's funny, romantic, and well written. :-) Great review!

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  2. I loved this one too! I wrote a review on my page about it that I tried to make funny, but I pointed out some flaws in the book because sometimes when people read too many good reviews on a book it can turn them off.
    I loved the ending and how the author actually had the characters in a way, recap the story with all the "but you..." "no, you said...". I would think that would be redundant but in this case it really wasn't.

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  3. I have seen nothing but gushing reviews on this book. Looks like a must read!

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  4. I don't think I've seen a single negative opinion about this book! So excited to read it. Great review! :)

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  5. Another high rating for this book. I dont know when I can buy this book for myself. The list are still long >.<

    For countless time, I read something great about Anna. Another great character

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  6. Wow 5 stars. Must have been good. This is another book i have seen reviewed a lot. I've just not had the chance to pick it up.

    But with a review like this one ...!

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  7. I can't wait to read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! It sounds so awesome!

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  8. I'm dying to read this book! I love your review of it and I hope to read it soon:)

    Sarah

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  9. I have this book in my to-read list, I´m more into Paranormal but sometimes I need something real and I like the stories when it isn´t love at first sight.
    Thanks for your review.

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  10. Oh God, I loved this book! Its probably the best contemporary Ive read so far. The characters were so likeable and it was so easy to relate to Anna! I agree with the review, it totally deserves 5 stars!

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  11. This is one of those books l would never pick up if it wasn't for bloggers! Every review is making me want this more and more.

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  12. Alright! I'm adding this to my to-read list. I've heard so many positive things about this book. Even though I prefer the YA fantasy books, I feel like I should check this one out.

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  13. I can't wait to read this book. I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive.

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  14. At first I thought that this book looked a little cheesy but I've heard such lovely reviews about it, I'm really itching to read it! Thank you for your thoughts. :D

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  15. Great review! It's true that the protagonists become lovers so fast that sometimes I doubt if they really know each others in many books. I think it will be more real if they are friends and develop to love relationship. I guess this will be a great summer read. :D

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  16. I sort of can't wait to read this book, I've heard lots of people talking about quite a bit. A really good friend of mine even said that it was her favorite read this year, so that's always a good sign to me. Totally have this on my shelf, just need to put the other books down, and pick this one up.

    Great review, thanks for sharing! :)

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