Anna and the French Kiss [NOOK 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...
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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?

"Magical. Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love." - Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series

Anna and the French Kiss charms [readers] with its Parisian setting and très bien boy.”

"Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." - Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author

"Tantalizing pacing, sparkling repartee, vibrant supporting characters . . ." - Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

"Imagine a mug of rich, thick hot chocolate. Now add a swirl of sweet whipped cream. Yummy? Oui. Well, Anna and the French Kiss is richer, sweeter, and--yes--even hotter. You're in for a very special treat." --Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of Peace, Love and Baby Ducks and Let It Snow
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kim Mai Guest delivers a pitch-perfect performance in the audio version of this confectionery romance about Anna Oliphant, an Atlanta high school student whose parents suddenly decide to send her to a posh Paris boarding school for her senior year. Although Anna initially resists her year abroad, she soon becomes intoxicated with the city, its food, its movie theaters, and—most of all—fellow student Etienne St. Clair. Guest’s narration is enchanting, hitting all the marks in her portrayal of Anna: sighing impatiently at her author father (who is a spot-on parody of novelist Nicholas Sparks), squealing with convincing excitement at the attentions of male suitors, gurgling with revulsion when one of them vomits on her after a night of binge drinking. Additionally, her rendition of the school’s requisite “mean girl,” the air-headed Amanda, is equally enjoyable. Guest enhances this standard teen romance with her sparkling performance. A Speak paperback. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Anna's father has made his money in chick lit fiction and has now decided that his seventeen year old daughter should study at a boarding school in France. Anna does not want to go; she is a senior in high school, with a job at the local Cineplex and no desire to leave American soil and American boys. Nonetheless, she packs up and goes to spend her senior year at the School of America in Paris's Latin Quarter. As she meets Meredith, Josh, and Rashmi, she starts to feel like she just might fit in. But when Anna meets Etienne St. Clair, her stomach flips and she knows that Paris has more to offer than she had ever imagined. St. Clair is the son of a Frenchman and American woman, raised in London. All the girls are in love with St. Clair, including Meredith. Anna's year is filled with the stereotypical high school drama—who likes whom, who says what, and what do you do when your best friend likes the boy you like. Although some of the plot twists are predictable, the characters are well developed with realistic qualities and quirks. Anna's voice is sharp and sassy, but innocent enough to lend credence to the uncertainty of her emotions and decisions. The relationship between Anna and St.Clair grows slowly and sweetly, with friendship, misunderstandings, and final realizations. As is true with many first loves, nobody is confident enough to say what they really mean. There is some adult language, making this appropriate only for more mature middle school audiences, but high school girls will enjoy the realism of high school romance set in the "City of Lights." Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
VOYA - Charla Hollingsworth
Anna is happy with her life in Atlanta. She has a best friend, a good job, and a potential boyfriend. This idyllic life ends when her dad decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris. Despite her fears and worries, Anna adjusts well to Parisian life and ends up making fast friends with Meredith, Josh, St. Clair and Rashmi. The quintet takes in the sights and frequents the cinemas in Paris while squeezing in some time for homework. As the semester progresses, Anna develops a crush on St. Clair and he seems to return those feelings as they both stay at school over Thanksgiving. Complicating the budding relationship is St. Clair's girlfriend, Ellie. As winter turns into spring, St. Clair stays in the comfortable relationship with Ellie instead of venturing into a new relationship with Anna. This confuses and upsets Anna and she acts out by getting drunk at a school party. Things go from bad to worse when she finds out her potential boyfriend in Atlanta has been dating her best friend. But not to fear, by the end of the book Anna and St. Clair are the new hot couple on campus. Most teen girls will overlook the predictable story elements as they root for Anna and St. Clair to finally make their infatuation official. An allusion is made to teen sex, and underage drinking occurs in the novel. Anna and the French Kiss would be a welcome read to those who have finished all the Sarah Dessen and Simone Elkeles books in the library. Reviewer: Charla Hollingsworth
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Anna Oliphant has big plans for her senior year in Atlanta: hang out with her best friend, Bridgette, and flirt with her coworker at the Royal Midtown 14 multiplex. So she is none too happy when her father sends her off to boarding school in Paris. However, things begin to look up when she meets Étienne St. Clair, a gorgeous guy—with a girlfriend. As he and Anna become closer friends, things get infinitely more complicated. Will Anna get her French kiss? Or are some things just not meant to be? Perkins has written a delightful debut novel with refreshingly witty characters. There is strong language and mention of sexual topics that make the book more appropriate for older teens. The chapters are concise, and the steady pacing leading up to the "will they or won't they?" moments will capture even reluctant readers. Teens will feel like they are strolling through the City of Lights in this starry-eyed story of finding love when you least expect it.—Kimberly Castle, Medina County District Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Since her father's Nicholas Sparks–like novels have been turned into blockbuster movies and he now has the means (and status) to give her culture, Anna Oliphant finds herself uprooted from her Atlanta home to become the newest senior at the School of America in Paris. Her seemingly enviable situation is offset by her inability to speak French, her fear of venturing off school property and a possible romantic interest back home. But then the young film critic meets gorgeous, heart-stopping classmate Étienne St. Clair, who has a sexy British accent and offers to show her around Paris—and who also has a serious girlfriend at a local university. Perkins's debut surpasses the usual chick-lit fare with smart dialogue, fresh characters and plenty of tingly interactions, all set amid pastries, parks and walks along the Seine in arguably the most romantic city in the world. Sarah Dessen fans will welcome another author who gracefully combines love and realism, as Anna's story is as much about finding and accepting herself as it is about finding love. Très charmante. (Chick lit. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101445495
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 12/2/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 16,553
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 453 KB

Meet the Author

Stephanie Perkins
Having always worked with books - as a bookseller, a librarian, and now a bestselling novelist - Stephanie is most usually found writing at her desk with a cup of tea or coffee, except for at the weekends where she can be found at the movies, waiting for the actors to kiss. (She firmly believes that all novels and films should have more kissing.)
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Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amélie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, although I have no idea what the function of either actually is. Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, and a lot of kings named Louis. I’m not sure what they did either, but I think it has something to do with the French Revolution, which has something to do with Bastille Day. The art museum is called the Louvre and it’s shaped like a pyramid and the Mona Lisa lives there along with that statue of the woman missing her arms. And there are cafés or bistros or whatever they call them on every street corner. And mimes. The food is supposed to be good, and the people drink a lot of wine and smoke a lot of cigarettes.

I’ve heard they don’t like Americans, and they don’t like white sneakers.

A few months ago, my father enrolled me in boarding school. His air quotes practically crackled over the phone line as he declared living abroad to be a “good learning experience” and a “keepsake I’d treasure forever”. Yeah. Keepsake. And I would’ve pointed out his misuse of the word had I not already been freaking out.

Since his announcement, I’ve tried yelling, begging, pleading, and crying, but nothing has convinced him otherwise. And now I have a new student visa and a passport, each declaring me: Anna Oliphant, citizen of the United States of America. And now I’m here with my parents – unpacking my belongings in a room smaller than my suitcase – the newest senior at the School of America in Paris.

It’s not that I’m ungrateful. I mean, it’s Paris. The City of Light! The most romantic city in the world! I’m not immune to that. It’s just this whole international boarding school thing is a lot more about my father than it is about me. Ever since he sold out and started writing lame books that were turned into even lamer movies, he’s been trying to impress his big-shot New York friends with how cultured and rich he is. My father isn’t cultured. But he is rich.

It wasn’t always like this. When my parents were still married, we were strictly lower middle class. It was around the time of the divorce that all traces of decency vanished, and his dream of being the next great Southern writer was replaced by his desire to be the next published writer.

So he started writing these novels set in Small Town Georgia about folks with Good American Values who Fall in Love and then contract Life-Threatening Diseases and Die.

I’m serious.

And it totally depresses me, but the ladies eat it up. They love my father’s books and they love his cable-knit sweaters and they love his bleachy smile and orangey tan. And they have turned him into a bestseller and a total dick.

Two of his books have been made into movies and three more are in production, which is where his real money comes from. Hollywood. And, somehow, this extra cash and pseudo-prestige have warped his brain into thinking that I should live in France. For a year. Alone. I don’t understand why he couldn’t send me to Australia or Ireland or anywhere else where English is the native language. The only French word I know is oui, which means “yes”, and only recently did I learn it’s spelled o-u-i and not w-e-e.

At least the people in my new school speak English. It was founded for pretentious Americans who don’t like the company of their own children. 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.

Instead, I’m stuck with ninety-nine other students. There are twenty-five people in my entire senior class, as opposed to the six hundred I had back in Atlanta. And I’m studying the same things I studied at Clairemont High except now I’m registered in beginning French.

Oh, yeah. Beginning French. No doubt with the freshmen. I totally rock.

Mom says I need to lose the bitter factor, pronto, but she’s not the one leaving behind her fabulous best friend, Bridgette. Or her fabulous job at the Royal Midtown 14 multiplex. Or Toph, the fabulous boy at the Royal Midtown 14 multiplex.

And I still can’t believe she’s separating me from my brother, Sean, who is only seven and way too young to be left home alone after school. Without me, he’ll probably be kidnapped by that creepy guy down the road who has dirty Coca-Cola towels hanging in his windows. Or Seany will accidentally eat something containing Red Dye #40 and his throat will swell up and no one will be there to drive him to the hospital. He might even die. And I bet they wouldn’t let me fly home for his funeral and I’d have to visit the cemetery alone next year and Dad will have picked out some god-awful granite cherub to go over his grave.

And I hope Dad doesn’t expect me to fill out college applications to Russia or Romania now. My dream is to study film theory in California. I want to be our nation’s greatest female film critic. Someday I’ll be invited to every festival, and I’ll have a major newspaper column and a cool television show and a ridiculously popular website. So far I only have the website, and it’s not so popular. Yet.

I just need a little more time to work on it, that’s all.

“Anna, it’s time.”

“What?” I glance up from folding my shirts into perfect squares.

Mom stares at me and twiddles the turtle charm on her necklace. My father, bedecked in a peach polo shirt and white boating shoes, is gazing out my dormitory window. It’s late, but across the street a woman belts out something operatic.

My parents need to return to their hotel rooms. They both have early morning flights.

“Oh.” I grip the shirt in my hands a little tighter.

Dad steps away from the window, and I’m alarmed to discover his eyes are wet. Something about the idea of my father – even if it is my father – on the brink of tears raises a lump in my throat.

“Well, kiddo. Guess you’re all grown up now.”

My body is frozen. He pulls my stiff limbs into a bear hug. His grip is frightening.

“Take care of yourself. Study hard and make some friends. And watch out for pickpockets,” he adds. “Sometimes they work in pairs.”

I nod into his shoulder, and he releases me. And then he’s gone.

My mother lingers behind. “You’ll have a wonderful year here,” she says. “I just know it.”

I bite my lip to keep it from quivering, and she sweeps me into her arms. I try to breathe. Inhale. Count to three. Exhale. Her skin smells like grapefruit body lotion. “I’ll call you the moment I get home,” she says.

Home. Atlanta isn’t my home any more.

“I love you, Anna.”

I’m crying now. “I love you, too. Take care of Seany for me.”

“Of course.”

“And Captain Jack,” I say. “Make sure Sean feeds him and changes his bedding and fills his water bottle. And make sure he doesn’t give him too many treats because they make him fat and then he can’t get out of his igloo. But make sure he gives him at least a few every day, because he still needs the vitamin C and he won’t drink the water when I use those vitamin drops—”

She pulls back and tucks my bleached stripe behind my ear. “I love you,” she says again.

And then my mother does something that, even after all of the paperwork and plane tickets and presentations, I don’t see coming. Something that would’ve happened in a year anyway, once I left for college, but that no matter how many days or months or years I’ve yearned for it, I am still not prepared for when it actually happens.

My mother leaves. I am alone.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Phenomenal Read!

    Anna and the French Kiss is a phenomenal read. It is one of those books that draw you into the plot and it feels like you are actually there. The characters are very easy to connect to because they are teenagers who are very much human. By giving the characters faults and human qualities, Perkins makes the characters come alive! The plot was easy to follow with a few surprises here and there. Anna is the one that I could connect to the most. I could picture myself in her shoes and the happenings in the story were so life-like that they could have actually happened. To think that this book is actually filled with teenage drama, I actually loved this book and would recommend it to any teenage girl who is looking for a great book to read over the summer. I am looking forward to reading the next two books written by Perkins. Hopefully they will contain the same life-like qualities that draw you in.

    35 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Super read

    This one was great. I loved every minute reading this.

    18 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    Loved it!!!

    I don't think there are words to express my love for this novel. It was seriously that good. I can't believe that I waited so long to finally read it. I was a little worried I would be disappointed because it has been so hyped up and I am glad to say that I most definitely was not. This is one of those books that I will be pushing everyone that I know to read.

    I adored Anna and St. Clair. They were one of my favorite duos ever. They fit so perfectly together. I also loved all of the supporting characters because well, without them, this story would not have been what it was. Teenage love in the city of romance. Yes, please! I virtually read this in one sitting because I did not want to put it down. Time flew by and I didn't even notice.

    Even after I finished this I couldn't stop smiling. It was such a feel good book! It was so easy to connect with Anna. She handled certain situations in the same way that I could see myself doing. She was incredibly realistic! She could easily be someone who is a friend of mine. I swear that I could actually feel what Anna felt. I wanted to laugh when she laughed and cry when she cried. She was such an extremely likeable character!

    I can't wait to see what else Stephanie Perkins has in store for us in the future!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Reviewed by Kelsey Jones for Teens Read Too

    Gold Star Award Winner! ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books ever! Stephanie Perkins is a fabulous author and she created a romantic, fun, and addicting debut. Considering I visited Paris over the summer, this book was even more relevant because I recognized so many of the places Anna and her friends visited. Paris is a beautiful city and the perfect setting for any novel. It made me want to return as soon as possible, or even start attending a boarding school there! Anna Oliphant was an awesome main character. She was so realistic and believable, and best of all, she wasn't perfect. Anna was an ordinary teenager, and reading about her experiences was so much fun. She never failed to add humor to the story and I really wanted to know her in real life. Anna is one of those characters you can't help but like and want the best for and I was constantly rooting for her throughout the novel. Her family wasn't perfect, either, but I enjoyed reading about them. Her father especially. I always find it interesting when a character in a book is an author, and Mr. Oliphant was no exception. He reminded me of Nicholas Sparks in a way, or at least his books and movies did. Sean was a sweet younger brother and he really did love Anna. She had a lot of ups and downs with her friends in America, but I'm satisfied with how everything turned out. The characters that played the largest role in ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS were Anna's friends at the School of America in Paris. It was such an original idea to have Anna go to boarding school in Paris, and it made the story that much more magical and intriguing then if it was just in the US. All of the people Anna met in Paris made an impact on both Anna and the reader and I loved them all. Especially her best friends; Meredith, Rashmi, Josh, and St. Clair. They were a great group and each of them played a large role in the story, most importantly Etienne St. Clair. St. Clair deserves his own paragraph in this review- he is just that awesome. I loved his character and every page he was on. St. Clair was not your standard typical, gorgeous, popular guy, but rather a sweet and realistic character who adds so much to the story. I especially liked watching Anna and St. Clair's friendship grow and develop into something more. The setting and plot was also great. The idea of attending boarding school in Paris was so original and reading about all the places they visited and people they met was one of my favorite aspects of the novel. Another part of the story I liked was reading about Anna's love for movies, most especially old classics. Stephanie Perkins wrote a magical and romantic first novel that will steal the hearts of readers everywhere and leave them dying to visit Paris. Anna and St. Clair were awesome main characters and the writing was fabulous. I can't wait to read Ms. Perkins' next release!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Feeling down?

    This book was a great pick-me-up. Witty, adorable, and filled to the brim with those ooey gooey warm fuzzies of young love. Read for a good time.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Very Romantic

    This book is very romantic, it is very well structured!! It is written so that you feel as if the story is happening to you or that you are witnessing the entire story. It makes you want to keep reading and never let the book go. This is a very amazing and intriguing book. I recomend it to everyone.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Finally a change!

    Honestly, every book that I've read lately about teens always starts the same, ends the same and is the same. That's what makes this book so different. Perkins tackles everything that those cliches attempt to do but in a much more realistic point of view. You literally see, feel, and understand everything from Anna's point of view. It's amazing how you can relate to her as well. She makes Etienne (St. Clair, depends how much you love him) crazy loveable. Every thing that Anna faces is so relatable that it feels like the stories actually about me even though I've never been to a boarding school in Paris. Also, Perkins works very well around the happy ending cliche and turns it to a realistic cliff hanging conclusion. I have read this book at least 3 times and I never read most books more than once. This is truly a wonderful piece that I would recommend to everyone. But I hope she contiunes the story or introduce one that is just as breath taking.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2010

    Not my style, but I eniyed it.

    I only read this book because John Green showed a glimmer of interest in it. Had I not been influenced, I would have never given it a chance. Sappy teenage novels don't do it for me. Generally. But this one wasn't awful. In fact, I can relate to the collegebound-new-in-town aspect and I enjoyed Anna's voice. This was the first book I've read on my nook, so there's even more sentimetal value. Good writing, not a very complex story line. It was aiight.

    9 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012


    3 words.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

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    A must read!

    Anna and the French Kiss was simply divine. An absolutely good read that I could not put down. I think what I loved most about this book was that everything was at the right pace, right words, right timing. Nothing was thrown at you and you weren't spinned out of control with info.

    Anna is devastated. She is being sent around the world to a bordering school where she is alone. No one to help her. She is ALONE! All she sees is a year of exil. What she doesn't see is the cute boy who will soon walk into her future.

    I liked St. Claire. I loved his accent, the way he talks, his perspective of things. He guided Anna when she need him and they had fun together. What I didn't like was that he was selfish. Sorry, but I had to say it. I know he didn't mean to but he used her as his crutch when he felt lonely and that upset me. While I was glad that he like and fell in love with her genuinely, I was still saddened by his actions.

    Anna reminded me of me when I was in school. Scared to go to new places, try new things, and suffered in silence. Anna was so brave and took everything in stride. The character was likable and could relate to well. I like that she was strong. Even in a new and scary place, she held up her head high and made do with what she had. She is an easy person to make friends with and funny at times. He sarcastic side is something I l loved reading.

    Anna and the French Kiss is a great book. I think I may have even learned a french word or two. The love between St. Claire and Anna is sweet. It is a kind of loves that grows in time within the book and you just fall in love with them. I rooted for them all the way. I was extremely happy that they made it. If you have not, read this book. Read it!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    A Phenomenal Read?

    Anna and the French Kiss has a great start, referencing things like Rushmore and The Beatles. I thought it would be more than the average chick book, but around the halfway point it turned into just that. I'm not saying that it was bad- I mean, this book was recommended by John Green!- but I wouldn't call it supermegafoxyawesomehot or anything..

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    DONT BE FOOLED BY THE SYNOPSIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read the syn

    DONT BE FOOLED BY THE SYNOPSIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read the synopsis of
    this book and it sounded horrible, but I seen a lot of reviews that also
    mentioned this book so I figured I might as well try it and if I didn't
    like it i would put the book down. I have to say I loooooooooooved this
    book! The protagonist (Anna) wasn't perfect which made her easy to
    relate to she was sweet, funny but also real and made mistakes. Anna was
    someone who I would want to be friends with. Stephanie Perkins did an
    amazing job making the story and characters believable in a sense. The
    story was cute and fun to read, I read it in maybe 3 hours give or take.
    It's a great book to pick up any day and I will definitely be reading
    this book again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    So so so so good!!!!

    I love love love this book its sooo cute funny and romantic! Id recomend this to anyone looking for a laugh and a good book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Dang i could read it like everyday

    Love love love this book. I believe this demands a sequel, no?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

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    I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to re-read some of my fa

    I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to re-read some of my favorite books. But, instead of reading the physical book or ebook, I’m listening to them on audiobook. I love listening to audiobooks in the car. It definitely helps to keep me calm in the horrendous DC area traffic.

    First up on the favorite re-read list was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I fell in love with this book when I read it last year. I fell even more deeply in love with it the second time around. I mean, what’s not to love about this book? Beautiful English-French-American boy with an amazing English accent, sweet and likable heroine, PARIS. Big fuzzy hearts.

    “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.”

    Anna is your average teenage girl. She was witty and cute, smart and sassy. She feels completely out of her element at an American school in Paris. She misses her best friend, Bridgette, and her crush, Toth. She’s annoyed with her parents for sending her away and concerned about her little brother. Once she starts to settle in at school, she misses home less and less. As she begins to drift from her friends from home, she forges some great friendships with Etienne, Mer, Josh, and Rashmi. After a few weeks, Paris was beginning to feel more and more like home. A disastrous trip home over the holidays solidified this.

    “I’m a little distracted by this English French American Boy Masterpiece.”

    Oh, Etienne St. Clair. I love him so. He was beautiful, charming, sweet, and thoughtful. He was a friend to everyone, but only close to a select few. He also had a girlfriend who was not Anna. Etienne doesn’t have an easy home life, either. His father is a jerk and his mother is sick. It really takes a toll on him in the book. So much was changing that he was trying to hold on to the constant in his life, his girlfriend Ellie, thought it was rather obvious he was having very strong feelings for Anna. They had a ton of chemistry and it was a joy to read.

    “Most people in Atlanta don’t have an accent. It’s pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though,” I add jokingly.

    “Fo’ shiz,” he replies in his polite English accent.

    I spurt orangey-red soup across the table. St. Clair gives a surprised ha-HA kind of laugh, and I’m laughing too, the painful kind like abdominal crunches. He hands me a napkin to wipe my chin. “Fo’. Shiz.” He repeats it solemnly.

    Cough cough. “Please don’t ever stop saying that. It’s too-” I gasp. “Much.”

    “You oughtn’t to have said that. Now I shall have to save it for special occasions.”

    “My birthday is in February.” Cough choke wheeze. “Please don’t forget.”

    I couldn’t get enough of the scenes with Anna and Etienne together. Their dialogue was snappy and playful. While their attraction and chemistry was nearly immediate, they took the time to get to know each other. They quickly became friends and then best friends. They were the one person the other leaned on. No need to look for instalove here. Instead, their feelings grew slowly and steadily. The book was full of the sweet taste of first love… and some teenage angst. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I love the dynamic of a friend crush to first love story. There’s just something so real about it. I get sucked in every single time.

    “How many times can our emotions be tied to someone else’s – be pulled and stretched and twisted – before they snap? Before they can never be mended again.”

    There was conflict with friends and family, and sometimes with each other, as the novel continued. Anna and Etienne faced many obstacles: Ellie, their friends and relationships with them, uncertainty on what the future holds for them. But, I didn’t find anything to be overly dramatic in that way that YA books can sometimes be. The voices felt real – as did the situations that unfolded. This was a beautiful story of friendship, love and family set against a fabulous Paris backdrop that was described so well, in such detail, that it felt like I was there.

    “I don’t want to feel this way around him. I want things to be normal. I want to be his friend, not another stupid girl holding out for something that will never happen.”

    I loved that I got to spend the entire novel inside Anna’s head. Her inner dialogue was perfect. While it might have been nice to be inside Etienne’s, the story was perfect as is. Now, that’s not saying I wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy a book written from his POV. But it wasn’t needed. Stephanie Perkins does such a fantastic job of writing a teenage girl perspective that I had absolutely no problem believing it.

    “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

    Because this was an audiobook, I feel I have to touch on the narrator. She was perfect. She sounded just as I imagined Anna when I first read the book. She did a fantastic job with all of the different voices and accents. I found myself taking the long way home or spending extra time running errands, just so I could listen to more of this book. I swear, I had a big goofy smile on my face for almost the entire book. If you like lighthearted, whimsical contemporary young adult books, you will likely find yourself in the same position if you pick this one up. And you really should. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    Warning: I hate to do this because I try NEVER to be spoilery bu

    Warning: I hate to do this because I try NEVER to be spoilery but this review cannot be written without containing a few spoilers.

    Anna and the French Kiss on the surface is simple straightforward Chicklit. It’s sweet and innocent with loveable characters and the backdrop of Paris. What more could you ask for? Unfortunately a lot.

    I really had a hard time liking either of the main characters. Anna seemed really shallow and whiney. She was all put out that she got to spend her entire senior year in Paris…THE Paris. She whined about it incessantly through the first chapters and then continued to whine about her father (who was very Nicholas Sparks-esque which did make me laugh a lot) for most of the story. And like omigosh, she only gets like just enough allowance to go to like 6 movies in one week. Like really? That’s like so unfair, Dad. Hmmm…not really feeling it. To be fair, her parents did fight a lot and her dad is rather distant and like I said, Nicholas Sparks so a bit melodramtic but I felt like she was overdoing the teenage angst. The one thing I did like about her was her unwillingness to come between Ellie and St. Clair/Etienne. I admired her for that. It showed strength on her part and a true depth to her feelings for him. Wanting him to be happy and be his friend until he was willing to break it off with his girlfriend.

    Etienne/St. Clair is a super sweet boy. I loved the things he did for Anna and the way he treated her for the most part. They had an adorable relationship, very sweet and innocent. However, despite this he is overwhelmingly weak when it comes to relationships. This is the part that bugged me the most. He continually turns from his feelings for Anna and runs back to Ellie long after he should have ended it. He waits around for her to make HER feelings completely clear by forcing her to ask him to kiss her before finally ending a relationship that should have been over MONTHS ago.

    I could have maybe overlooked this if he had come to her at the end and said in his polite British accent, “You know what, Ah-na, I’ve been a bloody wanker. Please forgive me.” But no, rather than taking the blame for it, he blames her for not telling him how she felt and trying to move on with other guys. HE HAD A GIRLFRIEND! She was not going to be THAT girl. Very frustrating and sort of ruined my view of him. I wanted to see a guy with some guts, who’s willing to step out of a relationship just because it’s not what’s right for him, not stay in a relationship until he’s sure he can jump right into another one because he’s afraid of being alone. It really weakened his character for me and took away the depth of his feelings for Anna. If he really loved her that much, why would he stay with someone else?

    Also, the secondary characters, other than Rashmi and Amanda, were very wooden and flat. Rather than adding a lot to the story I felt like they were simply plot devices and didn’t really help me to love the main characters. Etienne’s bad relationship with his father could have been a lot stronger too. He was shown as controlling and there was some hinting at possible abuse but nothing concrete. He was a jerk for sure but didn’t make me feel an intense hatred for him the way I have in other books. He just annoyed me and pointed out Etienne’s weakness more than anything.

    The romance between Anna and Etienne/St. Clair was so beautiful. It was built gradually with the innocence and intensity of first love. Perkins captures that delicious feeling very realistically, however it is completely overshadowed for me by his tediously long relationship with Ellie and Etienne/St. Clair’s weakness.

    In short, Anna and the French Kiss just didn’t do it for me. I really did not enjoy this book. I hoped I would. I kept trying to, but honestly I just couldn’t seem to figure out how to like it. I questioned this at first because it’s very well written and the setting is gorgeous. But it all boiled down to the actual story and it’s characters. For me, that’s not a fun read.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Anna and the French Kiss is a charmer and appeals to the young a

    Anna and the French Kiss is a charmer and appeals to the young and “more mature”. At its heart, it is a love story, but it’s much more than romantic tension. Anna’s Dad sends her to boarding school in Paris. Imagine the opportunity! But, no, Anna is not happy with that decision. It doesn’t take long after friendships are developed and Etienne St. Clair enters her life for her to become more involved in her foreign experience. Etienne is involved with someone else but a strong friendship between he and Anna develops and evolves. It was filled with chuckle-worthy moments, also anxious, excited, angry, sad, and hopeful moments. The struggles of love and life can be messy and complicated. This is basically a romance novel but done well with a beautifully detailed backdrop of Paris that only adds to the mystique of love.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012


    It was hilarious and really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012


    Best book ever. It was smazing i wish it would never end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Great Book

    This was such agood book! I loved every part of it :)

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