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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult14 Comments

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss,
Also in this series: Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After
Published by Dutton on 02 December 2010
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, People & Places, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Summer Days and Summer Nights

Place(s) Traveled to: Paris, France // Atlanta, Georgia

First Line: Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a book that I first heard about on Twitter where it seemed like everyone was buzzing about. This peaked my curiosity and I hated that I would have to wait until it was released to read it. Then the book gods smiled on me and not only did a friend send me her copy to read but I also received a copy for review from the publisher. I went from a serious Anna drought to positively bursting with copies and I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait to read it.For me, the book started off a little slow and I was wondering what all the fuss was about. Then at some point, I can’t even begin to tell you when it happened, I just got so completely and utterly sucked into this story. I loved all the characters – Anna is just brilliant and Étienne is so flawed and confused and so totally swoon worthy. The supporting cast were also all so wonderfully drawn that everyone felt real and dare I mention the setting? Most of the book takes place in Paris, France where Anna is sent to boarding school because her father (a Nicolas Sparks-like author) thinks the experience will be good for her. Anna initially thinks this is a great tragedy because 1) she doesn’t speak French and 2) its her senior year and she’s been exiled from her friends, her almost boyfriend and her best friend. But then she meets Meredith, Josh, Rashmi and Étienne (known as St Clair to his friends.)

Anna adjusts to life in France and delights in learning all the wonders that the city holds. She also becomes drawn to St Clair and he to her. But this isn’t your straight boy meets girl love story because St Clair has a girlfriend. You then get this tragically beautifully story where everyone is trying to do the right thing…or what they think is the right thing…and so there are denials and miss-communications and even some missed opportunities. As a reader you want there to be a happily ever after but at the same time you don’t want any of the characters to become a douche and hurt anyone else just so that they can find happiness.

Stephanie Perkins is such an amazingly gifted writer and she conveys so much information about each character without them saying too much about themselves. Through their actions she shows all their little quirks and mannerisms and its these little details that really turn the characters from 2D words on a page into 3D people that you see just out of the corner of your eye as you read. In the end, Anna and the French Kiss, made my heart ache. Not in a bad way but in that oh so wonderful way it does every time I read Pride and Prejudice. I am so glad that Perkins wrote this book and that I was able to read it. I am so glad that its now out there in the world so that other people can know just how wonderful this story is. This is a book that I had to run out and buy when it was released because just having the ARC wasn’t enough. Its a book that I have bullied people to read and one that has made my Top 12 List.

I am truly amazed that Anna and the French Kiss is Perkins’s debut novel because its just so brilliantly executed. Anna is one of those few books that I could gush about forever. Its earned its place on my permanent bookshelf and I know that it is a book that will be re-read several times. Its a story that I wished would never end because I don’t think that I could ever get tired of these characters. Which is why I’m so excited that even there will be two companion books, titled Lola and the Boy Next Door (Fall 2011) and Isla and the Happily Ever After (2014). I can’t wait! But until those books are in stores you really should go out and buy Anna. I think that everyone should read it and I can’t recommend it enough. So go forth and now the awesome that is Anna and the French Kiss.



14 Responses to “Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins”

  1. Danielle

    BAH!!!!! I love ANNA. When someone says any of the words in the title in get giddy. I just love it!! 🙂 Good review.

  2. Irish

    bermudiaonion – Anna is one of those books I wish I could read again for the first time. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you think.

  3. Just Your Typical Book Blog

    WONDERFUL review! I also kept wondering what the big buzz was about this book, and when I got it, I didn’t even realize I was 100 pages in until I looked down. I could seriously live in this book forever.

  4. Aylee

    High praise! Not just from you, of course. You’re right: everyone has been buzzing about this book for months now. Loved your review and can’t wait to read!

  5. Danielle (Overflowing Shelf)

    GAHHHH! THIS MAKES ME WANT TO GO REREAD THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! And your so right about how this books gives feelings similar to when you read Pride and Prejudice. that is exactly how I felt. I want to go reread this now but i need to do homework. =[ Anna was definitely one of my favorite books of 2010. Great debut!

  6. Irish

    Just Your Typical Book Blog – I know what you mean. I also want to live in this book!

    Aylee – For once the buzz has it right. ANNA is a book to savor and love. I hope it makes its way to the top of your TBR soon.

    Pam – Once you get ANNA back you NEED to read it.

    Danielle – I agree ANNA is an awesome debut!. Now go finish your homework and then re-read. =)

  7. Michelle

    I’m not surprised that this one made your favorite list for the year. It was a fantastic read. In fact, I’m going to be getting myself a finished copy and one for my niece for Christmas.

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