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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Book Review

May 15, 2021
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss is a fresh contemporary romance that focuses on the journey to the happily ever after, not the romance itself. It’s a must-read for all contemporary romance fans.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published: December 2, 2010 by Speak
Genre: YA Contemporary | Romance
Length: 382 pages
Buy It: Amazon
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Reviewed by: Megan


Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

>>> This book review originally appeared on our former book blog, Ginger Mom & Company on June 9, 2017 <<<

Standalone novels aren’t my cup of tea (or coffee). And though Anna and the French Kiss has “companion novels”, I still consider it a standalone. Why don’t I like standalones? Easy. They end. Would I read another in this “series” if it focused on Anna and St. Clair? Of course!

The focus of Anna and the French Kiss wasn’t so much the romance itself but the leading up to the happily ever after. It was a nice change for someone who’s read almost every romance scenario ever written.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They were real, believable, and interesting. Not flat, two-dimensional characters. A lot of the time, however, they seemed a lot older than high school seniors. Maybe because the story is set in a French boarding school where alcohol is legal and they are pretty much on their own. Or maybe I’m just getting old. But at least it didn’t take away from the story.

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Anna and the French Kiss is fantastic, but …

I only have one negative for Anna and the French Kiss … I would have liked to see any of the supporting characters (Josh, Rashmi, or Meredith – doesn’t even have to be all of them) developed a bit more. Stephanie Perkins gives us a bit to work with but the story revolves around Anna and St. Clair so much (yes, I realize it’s a love story) that when one of the others steps in for a bit, they felt flat to me.

What I absolutely loved about this book …

Anna wants to be a film critic! She’s always going to see movies and writing reviews on her website. My first career choice when I was a child was journalist (although there are parts of it I just can’t handle – mostly reporting on bad events that happen to people and treating it just like another story). Book reviewing and blogging definitely satisfies that urge for me and it was something that allowed me to connect with Anna, making me really enjoy the book, as well as her personality.

Final answer?

Anna and the French Kiss is one book that should definitely be read, as well as listened to, and I already have it waiting on Audible so I can hear the narrator’s take on Etienne St. Clair *fans self dramatically*. I loved this book. Hands-down recommend it!!

Bonne lecture! Happy reading!

Have you read (or listened to) Anna and the French Kiss? What did you think of Anna and St. Clair? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat! As always, thanks for reading!

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  • Reply DJ Sakata May 15, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Sadly I must confess that France, in general, is far more romantic in the head than in reality.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms May 16, 2021 at 8:38 am

      I had a feeling it might be. Anna and the French Kiss definitely brings out the romantic side of France. It’s still a place I want to visit someday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jo Linsdell May 16, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Great review. I’ve seen Anna and the French Kiss on the shelves in book shops and been tempted. Might have to give it a try.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms May 16, 2021 at 10:01 am

      I really enjoyed it. I’m equally as excited to listen to Anna and the French Kiss on audio. I can’t wait to see what the narrator does with Etienne St. Clair ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Whispering Stories May 17, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Lovely review. Not something I would normally choose to read but you made it sound really interesting.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms May 17, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks! Anna and the French Kiss wasn’t a book I would have normally picked up, either, because of the contemporary aspect. But it’s one I’m very glad I read.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf May 17, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Anna and the French Kiss sounds sweet and has been on my TBR for ages.

  • Reply Robin Loves Reading June 27, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Sounds like a good book.

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