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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Released: December 2010
Pages: 372
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis:  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 Étienne St. Claire: 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?

Review: I can't even begin to say how much I loved this book! It really was amazing!

Anna has a father who has decided that it would be good for her to go to school in Paris. Anna is afraid of her new surroundings but over time she finds out that there may actually be something good to all that is happening. As time goes by, Anna lives many different adventures and experiences new things and finds that there is much more to her life.

I loved reading from Anna's perspective! She wasn't one of those who's mind revolves around a boy. Yes she thought of him often but she was realistic and tried to keep things the way she thought would be best. She wasn't perfect and I think it's one thing that made her so likable and someone easy to relate to. Like anyone she made mistakes and also tried to remedy them after she figured out what she had done.

Étienne St. Claire. He was the guy every girl wants for herself. I mean, wouldn't you want a boy who has an English accent, has a French name but is also American? Again, he wasn't perfect and also made some mistakes. He wasn't like the typical bad boy that you find often and I was glad for that. Despite not being a bad boy, I always looked forward to more about him when he appeared.

It wasn't only the main characters that were amazing! Meredith, Josh and Rashmi were equally amazing! They each had their different personalities that somehow came together to be great friends. They each had their problems that at the end were solved in the best possible way. I liked how they each turned out to be great friends to Anna.

I loved how the book was set on Paris! All throughout the book I was eager for something to happen between St. Claire and Anna and I have to say that Stephanie Perkins did a great job at keeping the reader on the edge of their seat! It's part of what made this book awesome and never got boring. I'm usually not into contemporary books but I have to admit this is an exception! If you haven't read this book yet, you have no idea what you're missing on!


  1. Isn't it amazing that everyone loves this book? I loved all of the characters. I especially like that the side characters were developed so strongly. Mer, Josh, and Rashmi were all important to the story and their character development wasn't sacrificed.

  2. I adored this book! I think it's funny that I have not read one bad review for this book. Actually, I've never seen it get anything but 5/5.

  3. I loved this book so much too.I was so pleasantly surprised. I thought it was just going to be one of those boring romances, but it wasn't. It as so great. Great review. It seems that the general consensus is that this book is awesome.

  4. Awesome review, diana!! i can't wait to read this one! I have it sitting on my shelf already!

  5. Such a great book. It was awesome to read about real people and totally realistic relationships. I loved this book. Great review!