Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 6 June, 2012 by Amanda / 32 Comments

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins {Amanda’s Review}Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Also in this series: Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After
Genres: Europe, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted

Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?

 Anna is well worth the hype.

Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict

If it hadn’t been for Kelly going to a signing with Stephanie Perkins, I don’t think I would have even read Anna and the French Kiss.   And wouldn’t that be tragic?  I absolutely adored this book, and it has me wanting to gallivant off to Paris for a year.  Anna and the French Kiss made me feel good on a day that started out bad, and that in itself is worth the read.  It will make you feel good.  And indeed.  Originally I rated Anna and the French Kiss a 9, but the day after I finished it, I woke up wanting to reread all my favorite parts, and that, my friends, is a sign of a book worthy of a 10.

My Thoughts on Anna and the French Kiss

Please excuse me as I squee in my pants (to quote Missie).  I don’t know that I have ever really done such an act in a review to date, but it was bound to happen eventually, and Anna and the French Kiss is definitely the kind of book that makes you swoon to embarrassing degrees.  I want to crawl into Anna’s world and roll around in it (bonus points if I can roll around with St. Clair).  Why have I avoided this book for so long?  Oh, right.  Because it’s a YA contemporary, and I just. don’t. read. those.

Let’s take a few minutes to kick me for pure idiocy.

Yes, it’s true that I can’t handle angst (Woe! Angst!) and there is definitely some of that here.  But!  (there’s always a but where a good book is concerned; and, let’s face it, good books always have butts in addition to buts) But more than anything, this book feels real.  The characters are real and tangible and accessible.  Anna had me completely charmed by page 24.  It takes a very well written character to have me admitting to being in love with the book by page 24.  I am not always so easily charmed, except maybe by Etienne St. Clair.

Anna and the French Kiss made me feel like I was in the book.  I read faster when Anna did something stupid and her thoughts raced on.  I wanted to eat the cuteness on every page.  If you’ve read the book, I think you understand the sentiment.  It had me laughing and smiling and smirking and swooning my fool head off, and it did so on a day that I was feeling down and glum and sad.  I wanted to point out every real life moment that could be related to and held a valuable lesson, because this is why books are AWESOME.

I stopped writing this review to go look at quotes from the book to see if I could pull out one of favorite FAVORITE parts and I got distracted by the pure awesomeness that is Stephanie Perkins’s writing.  My quote isn’t there, so I’ll sum it up here: there’s a part where a teacher discusses translations and what happens to words and meaning when something is translated.  And I just about died at how amazing and insightful this part is, because it’s true.  It’s true for the story, it’s true from a language perspective, and it’s true for life.  LIFE.  I want to huggle this book.

And yes.  If that’s not enough, then Sarah says it best:


Filed under: Contemporary, ESR: 10, Review: Amanda, YA,


32 Responses to “Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I haven’t read this one yet either, mainly because I don’t do a ton of contemporary reading like you, but I know I will enjoy it when I finally give it a go. People have praised this book up and down and all around. I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

  2. Annnnnnna! My review goes up next Monday. Squeee!
    I kinda love your review and want to eat it up. Like candy. And St. Clair.

    I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that Anna feels so real. She does stupid things and she does brilliant things and she does things that shows she cares in little ways. OMG! I want to read Lola now!

  3. Doesn’t it feel so good to squee in your pants? It’s the greatest release of all. hehehe

    Well, I fail. I still haven’t read this book, but you are right, any book that turns a bad day into a happy one deserves high praise.

    • Missie, we need to make squee-proof pants. Squee in your pants all you wish! No more embarrassing moments!

      Honestly, if Kelly hadn’t gone to a signing that Stephanie Perkins was at, I probably would have never read this book. BUT I’M SO VERY GLAD I DID.

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. I haven’t read it yet but I really really want too and I just love contemporay books, so it’s great when someone enjoys one a whole TON!


  5. This one really filled the void of watching a really good rom-com movie. And yeah, rolling around with St. Clair would definitely be a highlight. ;)

  6. Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Some contemps are worth it! ;)

    Of course, I only say that because I’m a YA contemp fiend.

    But ANYWAY. So St. Clair. If he were here, there wouldn’t be enough of him to go around.

    So glad you read this, and so glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Wow? A 10 on a YA contemp from you? Lol. I have to admit that I had to do a double take when I first saw that. I was like…uh…Amanda…how late did YOU stay up last night, because that’s definitely a 10 I see on your rating scale. Haha. So glad you took a step out of your comfort zone and it paid off. Yay! Now I just need to get around to reading this one. It’s on my shelf. That’s a step in the right direction, right? :)

    P.S. Lol! Sarah always manages to say it best. :)

  8. Isn’t this book SO AWESOME?! You’ll have to read Lola soon – I still can’t quite decide which I like better, but I definitely know I’ll take Cricket over St. Clair (Bonus points – there’s a guy who totally looks like him in the community band I play with. Sometimes I have trouble concentrating in band…).

    I’m so glad you liked this book and I can’t wait to see what you think of Lola!

  9. Ahhh, I want to squish-huggle you for loving this book as much as I did :D

    I’m not big on contemp YA either so I dragged my feet on reading it but one day, I just decided that I needed some more fluff in my life and this book delivered. I was practically walking on sunshine when I finished! This is a book that when you finish the last page, you close it, sigh and just feel good. It was just an absolute joy to read!

    And St. Clair…oh, love him so hard! American w/ a British accent and just a dash of French…pardoné moi while I swoon ;)

    I haven’t read LOLA yet but I will. Someone promised to send it to me as a RAK so I am totes excited!

  10. I still haven’t read this but I haven’t heard a bad thing about it. It must really be great. I will need to read it eventually. Thanks for the great review.

  11. It’s weird, I’m not usually a massive fan of contemporary YA, but I REALLY want to read this. I got it right after Christmas, but I got distracted by so many other books.

    I don’t think I’ve actually read a negative review of it yet… Aww, I think you’ve inspired me to bump it up the TBR pile!

  12. “It will make you feel good.”


    And this: “Please excuse me as I squee in my pants (to quote Missie). I don’t know that I have ever really done such an act in a review to date.” SAME O___O AND I THINK I ENDED MY REVIEW WITH A PARAGRAPH LONG SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!


    SARAH DOES NOT SAY IT BEST BECAUSE YOU DID! I want to scoop up every word you wrote and cuddle them, and cuddle the book and then cry with glee. I just. can’t. even.

    SERIOUSLY. It’s one of those books that just made me so damn happy I can’t even explain. SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT! ♥