Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2011
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken – and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
First Sentence: Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge.
I can’t believe I haven’t wrote a review for one of my favorite books ever, Anna and the French Kiss, yet (because I’m obviously changing that fact now). There are probably thousands of other reviews on Anna and the French Kiss out there in the blogosphere or on goodreads, but I feel like doing my own personal review on it anyway. Hopefully I’ll be able to convey how much I love Anna and the French Kiss.
When I first discovered goodreads and first started stalking book blogs, I’ve heard a lot of good things regarding a book titled Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It was talked about everywhere. At first, I was interested in it because the book was constantly raved about and praised, but as soon as I saw the cover (remember, this was before the cover design changed), I decided that no thank you, the book was not for me. The old cover of Anna and the French Kiss was just a tad too cheesy for my taste. Anna and the French Kiss was also a contemporary book, a genre that doesn’t get along with me most of the time. However, in the end I gave in and snagged a copy of Anna and the French Kiss from the library. I am so, so glad I did and didn’t regret my decision ever since then.
He closes his eyes. I close mine.
The door flies open, and we startle apart.
Josh enters detention and shrugs. “I ditched pre-calc.” (339)
The character the book is named after, Anna, is just so darn cute. Though Anna can be annoying and downright clueless at times (when she was dealing with the bully Amanda for example), Anna made me laugh with her adorableness. I can also relate to Anna – I have a feeling that if I move to an entirely new country, I would also not speak a word of the country’s language. I also admire Anna, for she is also a lot more forgiving than I can ever be. If Anna’s best friend Bridgette was my best friend and Bridgette did what she did to Anna to me, I would never, ever, forgive her. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that I would be hating Bridgette for life, unlike Anna, who was willing to make some amends.
The highlight of Anna and the French Kiss is the famous, the fabulous, the handsome, Etienne St. Clair. That’s frankly just my opinion though; other people were greatly annoyed by him. Sure, Etienne St. Clair has one glaringly obvious flaw, stringing Anna along with him throughout the entire book and not dumping his girlfriend for her. However, I still love St. Clair despite him wasting a lot of time. I love that St. Clair is short, but instead of being embarrassed by that fact, he owns it. I love that St. Clair gives Anna love poetry and the fact that he watches movies with Anna, knowing that she loves watching movies. I wish I can find a guy that’ll read the same books I’m currently reading along with me.
“Etienne,” he says. “I live one floor up.”
“I live here.” I point dumbly at my room while my mind whirs: French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused. (16)
I’m happy that Stephanie Perkins isn’t afraid to use the c-word or even the f-word in her books. It’s the way real teenagers speak and Stephanie Perkins isn’t afraid to include it in her books. The curse words Stephanie Perkins used in Anna and the French Kiss also feels very natural – it’s not used just because it’s fun.
Anna and the French Kiss gave me such a rush when I read it. In fact, Anna and the French Kiss was so good that I read the entire book in just one day. I was so giddy and bouncy when I finished the book, jumping around and smiling like a fool. My parents gave me weird looks, my sister gave me weird looks, but I could less. The book rush reading Anna and the French Kiss gave me probably lasted for days, which is a record. No other book I’ve read have even gotten close to the feeling Anna and the French Kiss had given me.
Our foreheads touch. “Yes?”
“Will you please tell me you love me? I’m dying here.” (366-367)
I can also re-read the ending of Anna and the French Kiss over and over again. It’s absolutely perfect; I love everything about it. Every time I re-read that same part, I can feel that dumb, goofy smile appear on my face all over again.
I have to admit, at first, I absolutely hated that Anna and the French Kiss and the other companion books had a cover change because when Isla and the Happily Ever After is finally released, it won’t match any of my Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door hardcovers anymore. However, as time went on, I slowly changed my mind about the cover change. I can actually read Anna and the French Kiss in public now, without much embarrassment (because honestly, the title is still pretty embarrassing) and the cover is really pretty by itself.
I know Anna and the French Kiss has some annoying flaws as I’m sure other reviewers have pointed out, but I still gave it a 5-star rating because it’s still the perfect book, for me. In fact, Anna and the French Kiss is the first book I ever gave a 5-star rating to. The book is that special to me. If you haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss yet, I recommend you to get started on it asap.