Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
by: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Date: December 02, 2010
Age:12 and up

Summary
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 Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?

My Thoughts

When I was looking for a great book to break in my new reader I just couldn’t resist downloading Anna and the French Kiss.  I have been reading so many great tidbits about it, that it certainly did not disappoint.  From the very beginning I was drawn into the life of Anna Oliphant.  I was able to feel the Paris experience through Anna and her friends.  I don’t know how Stephanie managed to do it, but she was able to paint a vivid picture of Paris in my mind.  Not only of Paris, but of each individual character as well.  I identified with each and every character.  I felt like I was back in 19…something, something…daydreaming of such an opportunity like Anna had and being whisked off my feet by young love (with a great accent, I might add). 

One of the greatest things I liked about this story is that it wasn’t love and first sight.  It wasn’t a painful, forbidden love that so often is the root of romance.  There was a lot of acceptance and friendship at the base of all relationship bonds in this book.  Anna and her girlfriends were not waiting for their knight in shining armor to sweep them off their feet and forever be their protector.  The female characters were conflicted, facing many dilemmas that a young woman may face, but they leaned on each other, their male friends, and often stood on their own, showing great independence, maturity and strength.  All these characteristics that are so important for young women to see as examples and execute in their own lives. 

I also love how the young men in Anna and the French Kiss are not the stereotypical hero.  They struggle to find themselves as well and aren’t as predictable as so often young male characters are.  It was very refreshing to read a book that was so easy to get lost in, but yet so very real and believable, and all the while drawing you into its fairytale and young love. 

While reading Anna and the French Kiss, I wanted to turn back time and then jet off to Paris myself.  I found myself rooting for true love and getting so involved in the story, like I was right there with Anna and St. Clair!  What an exciting way to rejuvinate young spirit and refresh memories of a time when life was a bit more carefree and whimsical.

There were only a few things about the book that I didn’t particularly like.  One was the cover…I am a total cover junky!  I like to look back at the cover at various stages of reading to see how closely it relates to my vision of the book.  The girl on the cover did not depict any of the characters, most especially Anna, so I felt it was a bit disjointed.  I also would have liked a few 100 more pages or so!  I was left wanting more of Anna, her friends, scorching accents and much more Paris!

I love, Love, LOVED Anna and the French Kiss.  I found it to be a great book to kick off the New Year with!  To be quite honest, I actually wanted to stay home and read it rather than to go ring in the new year with friends, it was that good!  I couldn’t imagine a better book to initiate my new website with!  Kudos to Stephanie for an awesome read!!

3 comments

  1. Mandy -

    Anna and The French Kiss sounds really great. I have heard so many wonderful things about it all over the web.
    I’m a cover junky too! There is nothing more frustrating than a cover that doesn’t adequately depict the book. (Especially when it’s a really good book!)

  2. Juju at Tales of Whimsy -

    This sounds fantastic. Love at first site can be so trite. This sounds splendid.

    Great review.

    I realllllly dig your blog voice.

    The way you write, it makes me want to read your thoughts.

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