Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Release Date: December 2, 2010


Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?


So, I might be in the minority here since I know a lot of people loved this book. Don’t get me wrong, this was an enjoyable read, but I just couldn’t ignore the issue that I have with this book.

It’s a story about Anna Oliphant, who was placed in a boarding school by her father in Paris (now who wouldn’t want that, right?) Apparently, Anna’s not too happy about it and there she met Mer, Rashmi, Josh, and Etienne St. Clair.

It’s obvious that Etienne’s going to be her love interest and I would have been okay with it except for the fact that he has a girl friend named Ellie. As the story progresses, we can see all the lying and the cheating that has been happening behind Ellie’s back, and I really hated it. Having experienced being an Ellie twice in real life, I can say that cheating is not and will never be okay with me.

So back to the other aspects of this book. I actually loved the friendship that was shown here because even though Anna was the new girl, she was easily accepted by Mer and the others. I also liked how the story showed other issues such as controlling parents and dysfunctional families.

Was the story cute and fluffy? Yes. Was it swoon-worthy? Yes. But I just couldn’t accept the cheating in this book. The setting of this book was the only saving grace for me in finishing this. I’d still read the other 2 books and hopefully I’d like those better than this.

Favorite Quotes:

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

“So what do I wish for? Something I’m not sure I want? Someone I’m not sure I need? Or someone I know I can’t have?”

“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?”

“Sometimes I think there are only so many opportunities . . . to get together with someone. And we’ve both screwed up so many times”—my voice grows quiet—“that we’ve missed our chance.”

Soundtrack: Feel You by Old Sea Brigade

Rating: Purple-FullPurple-FullPurple-HalfNo-StarNo-Star

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3095893About the Author:

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Hi, there! I’m Stephanie Perkins, and I’m a New York Times and international bestselling author of books for teenagers and for adults with teenage hearts. I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, and I attended universities in California and Georgia. Since 2004, I’ve lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

I’ve always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, now as a novelist and editor. My best friend is my husband Jarrod. Every room of our house is painted a different color of the rainbow, and we share it with a feisty cat named Mr. Tumnus.

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13 thoughts on “Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  1. Great review! I haven’t read this book but I get that cheating is not an appealing thing to read about especially if it wasn’t noted in the book how unacceptable and terrible it is or created a payback of some sort, you know, for the cheater to get what they deserve eventually.

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