Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins
372 pages

Summary: Anna has been sent overseas to a Paris boarding school and it sucks! She misses home, her brother, her friends, and that boy she kissed just before she left. But being in the City of Lights isn’t so bad. She does meet some great new people, especially good looking St. Clair who everyone is in love with. Determined not to be like anyone else, Anna commits to just being his friend and before long they become inseparable. But who is Anna kidding, she’s totally in love with him and the way he’s flirting with her might mean he likes her too. Being in Paris just got a whole lot better.

Review: Anna and the French Kiss was sweet and charming. Anna was a loveable character because she was clumsy and awkward and totally relatable. Her voice was authentic. Readers will be drawn into the romance between Anna and St. Clair as it is ripe with tension, mixed signals and “almosts”. There is a sweetness to their interactions that was fun to read. While I personally didn’t buy St. Clair as a swoon worthy character, I thought the novel was wonderfully written. It was fun, witty, sweet, interesting and totally hard to put down. Readers will especially love Paris as the setting; it was fresh and added a beautiful backdrop to this cute romantic story.
This is Stephanie Perkins first novel

If you liked Anna and the French Kiss, you might also enjoy: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Unearlthy by Cynthia Hand and Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway

Additional Info: There are two companion books in the works Lola and the Boy Next Door (Sept 2011) and Isla and the Happy Ever After (Fall 2012)

Writing 4/4
Characters 3.5/4
Plot 4/4
Originality 3/4
Popularity 4/4
Cover Art 3/4
Grade Level: JS


Allison said...

I have this book but haven't read it yet. Great review!

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

So glad you liked it! But Katie, you are definitely the first person I've seen who didn't fall in love with Etienne themselves. I didn't know it was possible to be immune to his charms! =b

EdenStorySnoop said...

I am a fan of Etienne too--maybe the fact that he wasn't swoon-worthy was what I liked about him...
I'd heard so much about this book before picking it up that I didn't want to like it, but I did--and sigh, now I want to go to Paris too. And watch some old movies!

Anonymous said...

I loved this one. Thanks for sharing "if you liked..." I've read a few of them, but I'll add the others to my list.

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