Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Posted March 7, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by Dutton on December 2nd, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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 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?

4 Stars

Writing this review may be one of the hardest things in the world because… how do you gush and still sound original when the whole rest of the world has read and loved this book? Their reviews are no doubt much more eloquent than mine. The solution? GIFS. Basically, the following is the result of reading this book:

This book is straight up romance but it is of the highest quality and hard to resist. Slow build up? Check. Swoon-worthy boy? MEGA check. Get me an Étienne… NOW! Irresistibly adorable dialogue? Check. A romance that develops from the best kind of pure-hearted friendship? Check. If this doesn’t make your heart melt, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

That being said, the pacing was frustrating at times, in the best possible way. The build up is so gradual but intense, you can’t help but get severely emotionally invested in the story. It was one of the really rare instances where I totally lost track of time and page number as I was reading, and suddenly it was 2 am. I forced myself to stop, to keep a normal sleep pattern, but I was immensely frustrated and frantically motioning…

Little did I know I literally stopped reading at the chapter of the first kiss. Sigh.

The depiction of Paris also pretty much stole my heart. I’m in love with the city, and the descriptions were really fitting. I felt like I was back there, pretty much. And it does give my next trip to Paris a sense of urgency. It’s been too long!

The only thing that made me enjoy this book a little less and keeps me from giving it the full five oranges is the stereotyping and the clichés. There’s Amanda, the typical mean girl – and that’s about it. That’s completely who she is. I just rolled my eyes at her and I wished her character had some more realism or depth. Anna’s best friend, Bridget, stealing her crush. Sigh. But I also sometimes disliked Anna and her attitude. She was pretty self-centered at times, and though I realize that was part of her character, and at the end she grew and changed, it was deeply irritating.

Summing Up:

I really, truly, thoroughly enjoyed this novel because it was exactly what I needed right now. Romance may be a bit more on my mind at the moment *cough* It was adorable, fluffy, and super lovable. If you haven’t read it, definitely check it out when you’re in the mood for some romance that will melt your heart. Although I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on Earth to read this. I hope you won’t all defriend me because I didn’t give it 5 oranges.


In Three Words

Recommended To:

Any and all fans of straight up romance.

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24 responses to “Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  1. I’m glad you loved this book! It was my irst straight up romance book I’d read in forever and I just kind of swooned over the whole thing, glad you liked it too.

  2. I’m in love with this book a lot and I am so glad you enjoyed it! 😀 NOW KISSSSSS was exactly what I thought when I read it! Pretty much the entire time, actually. I also wanted to go to Paris again so badly when I finished! I’ve been in 2009 and I NEED TO GO AGAIN BECAUSE OMG LOVE. If you decide to read Lola (which I didn’t like as much but still adored) you’ll see more of Anna and St. Clair and fall in love with them a little more 😀 Anyway, I won’t defriend you because of the lack of oranges in your rating but ROMANCE? ^^ I’M INTRIGUED.

    • The last time I went to Paris was December 2008 T_T SO LONG AGO. I am planning to read Lola, but not right now, haha.

      Thank you! I definitely want to continue this three words thing 🙂 I might go back and add some to old reviews as well if I can find the time, haha.


  3. I need to read this book. Seriously, it just sounds super cute and who doesn’t love Paris?. I need to get a copy ASAP. And yay for the boy being swoon worthy. Woohoo! 🙂

    • Wow, I’m not the last one to read this! Haha, you definitely should check it out though, it is adorable! 🙂 Hope you like it!

  4. hahaha LOVED THIS REVIEW.. the ‘NOW KISS’ image is hysterical! i feel that way so often when reading. i need to tell you that you are NOT the last person on earth to read this book. I AM. I am borrowing it from someone right now, but it’s been sitting on my shelf for about a month! 🙁 Based on this review, pretty sure I need to move it up on my list.

    • Hahaha, it’s always in YA that the romance gets so frustrating, haaha. This image will probably find its way into a bunch of my reviews xD

      I feel slightly better that I’m not the last one now 😀 YAY. But you should definitely move this up on your list, I think you’d love it.

  5. *hides* I feel like such a weirdo, because this book was so frustrating that I didn’t enjoy it. They kept turning around and Etienne wasn’t fair to his girlfriend. I just wanted to kiss already! It was so annoying and it gave too much drama for my taste. But, I really liked the setting 🙂 I love the gifs you used, haha!

    • Yeah, I totally get that. It was pretty borderline for me as well. The stuff with Ellie didn’t sit right with me. In the end, though, I was after great romance, and it did eventually get there. But I can imagine if I was in a different mood I wouldn’t have liked it as much. Thank you! 😀

  6. -gasp-
    What?! Only 4 stars?!
    -defriends and never looks back-
    LOL, just kidding! I wanted to give Anna and the French Kiss 4 stars too because it took St. Clair WAY too long to finally DO something. But then, I also loved him too much to not give the book a 5 star rating.
    Nice review style by the way! (:

    • Yeah, I think I could have given it 5 stars, but it didn’t really sit right with me, because it didn’t blow me away. It was definitely adorable though and a really great read. I just wish Étienne didn’t take so freaking long to break up with his girlfriend. Ugh.

      Thank you 😀

  7. Gifs are ALWAYS the solution! Reading this review has made me want to reread the book SO. BADLY. *glares at the huge TBR pile in the corner* I totally agree, the descriptions of Paris were breathtaking. I have never actually been to the city, but I felt like I was there while reading. SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT SLDJSDJGDJG Etienne and Anna are so wonderful ;__;

    • hahaha, YAY. You’ve never been to Paris?? D: Just. Just. EEP. FIX THAT. I mean, you don’t really have a good excuse, it’s so close! And awesome!

    • Aww, glad I could help!! It definitely is dreamy. Maybe my Recommended To should have been “any hopeless romantic” because… yeah, it’s adorable 🙂

  8. There were definitely a ridiculous number of cliches! But for some reason, I didn’t hate them, because I think I was expecting them to be there- really, what more can you expect from a book titled “Anna and the French Kiss”? haha

    • That’s true, most of the clichés were warranted, but at a certain point I did wish for a *bit* more originality – because that is possible too. It definitely did not keep me from fully enjoying the story though, so yeah. 🙂

  9. I loved it too and didn’t give it 5 stars for the same reasons. I thought Ettiene was amazing – and Anna totally dense that she couldn’t see waht EVERYONE else could see. LOL

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who wasn’t completely swept up and though this book was perfect. It had it’s awww-worthy moments for sure, but I couldn’t bring myself to ignore the less awesome parts. Anna… *shakes head* so dense.