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
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published: December 2, 2010 by Speak
Genre: YA Contemporary | Romance
Length: 382 pages
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Reviewed by: Megan
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
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!