Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication date: December 2, 2010
Pages: 372
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): 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?




This was my first time reading this book, and I LOVED IT! I read it in two days because I couldn’t put it down. I really liked Anna and I adored Étienne St. Clair. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.


I absolutely loved the Paris setting. I’ve never traveled outside the United States, and Paris is one of the places I want to see. This book made me want to see Paris even more! Even though Anna is kind of reserved/shy at first (I’d be the same in a foreign city, or any city really haha), she eventually explores the city thanks to Étienne St. Clair.


I did like most of the characters in the book. Only a few got on my nerves, and it was mostly minor characters and usually only sometimes. I absolutely loved reading the interactions between Anna and Étienne St. Clair. They made me smile, they made me laugh, they made me want an Étienne of my own! I also really liked the group of friends. Sure they fought amongst themselves at times, but what group of teenagers doesn’t fight?


Okay I’m just going to get this out of the way. I hate cheaters, but I still didn’t have a problem with this book. I mean it’s not like they’re doing it or anything. But they do have an emotional connection that’s a little too much for “just friends”. I’m not saying it’s excusable to do that, but sometimes you can’t help who you fall for.


Étienne St. Clair is the newest addition to my book boyfriend list. I found his character so adorable, so funny, so many other things. I loved the English accent and that he was also fluent in French. I could listen to him alternate between the two languages all day. His little quirks (crooked bottom teeth, messy bed head, nail biting, etc.) made him even more adorable. When readers get to the end, I don’t understand how everyone can’t be in love with him. After all the things he did for Anna throughout the book, besides being her best friend, I just couldn’t help myself. The last couple chapters were so great, especially the last few lines of the book. I don’t know how many times I squealed while reading this book. My heart melted, my heart soared, and did so many other things. If you haven’t read this book yet, read it!


There were so many great lines and moments in this book. A few of my favorites were: “I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn’t have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.” and “If there were an Olympics competition in hair, St. Clair would totally win, hands down. Ten-point-oh. Gold metal.” and “Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?” But my favorite part is the last few lines of the book. I don’t want to post them here though, so you’ll have to read the book to see why I love those lines so much.


Final note: I loved this book. I bought the entire series after I read this book, and I can’t wait to read the other two books. Such a great romance with a healthy dose of friendship and teenage angst set in a beautiful foreign locale. What more could you ask for?

5 stars

8 thoughts to “Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins”

  1. I have a very unpopular opinion by hating this book. I don’t know what it was, but I just couldn’t get past the emotional cheating aspect. Also, when he sleeps in Anna’s bed with her. I don’t know … It really rubbed me the wrong way. I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door, though! Will you be picking that one up soon? 🙂
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    1. That’s totally cool. I know it’s rubbed some people the wrong way. I don’t know why, but that stuff didn’t really bother me although I really do abhor cheaters. I’m a bit more open & forgiving when it comes to books I guess. I kind of loved the bed part, even though it was a really bad idea. Oh yay! I bought all the books today on Amazon, so hopefully I can start Lola next week. I can’t wait 🙂

    1. I love contemporary. I’m so glad you loved this one. I’ve heard mixed things about the other two books. Some liked them better, some liked this one the best. I hope to read the other two books in the series and find out what I think of them soon!

  2. I really like this one too.

    I don’t like cheaters either, but I think this book resonated more with me because I had a friend in a somewhat similar situation. I think the story illustrated nicely that love can be messy–that it’s possible to fall in love with someone while you’re dating someone else, and that it’s what you DO with those feelings that matter. I thought the characters TRIED to be ethical about it, even if it was hard and they didn’t handle the situation perfectly.
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    1. I have some of those books myself. Slowly getting a few in here and there. Oh yay! I hope you do read it soon! I can’t wait to see what you think once you get around to reading it 🙂

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