Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

Read on 25th January, 2015

Author: Stephanie Perkins


5 Stars

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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 attention. 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 of 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 been waiting for?

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I love contemporaries, and Anna and the French Kiss is up there with the best of them.

Fluffy, cute, beautiful, real, brilliant and imaginative; Anna and the French Kiss is an absolutely adorable read that will have you hooked and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

I love how Anna and Étienne didn’t just have chemistry, but friendship too. They are absolutely adorable together and I just following their relationship – all the little things he would give her, the way they laughed together and confided in each other, the days out and movies – brought tears to my eyes. They were each other’s rock. If I had a relationship, I’d want it to be like theirs (minus the complications with Ellie).

I love how Stephanie made every character important. The “side” characters made you love them (or hate them, it depends) and were brilliantly well developed. They were deep – each with their own story to tell. The beauty of it is that they weren’t just there, a prop the author needed in order for the protagonist to do something or get somewhere, but they were important – they could tell their stories and they did. Not one character was overlooked.

I just – it was perfect. The scenery; the character development; the giggly, mushy feeling in your chest as you followed the story, and which you were left with; the overall ease of reading.

Anna and the French Kiss isn’t just about romance, but family, friendships and life – dealing with it, enjoying it, finding people who will stick by you no matter what and making mistakes along the way. It is about endings and beginnings, possibilities, the future, relationships and practicalities and forgiveness. Anna and the French Kiss has lessons in it for us all.

13 thoughts on “Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

  1. I don’t read many romantic novels, but I like how this one isn’t solely about romance (maybe many of them aren’t and I just haven’t read enough of them?). I may have to add it to my to read list.


    1. I’m happy I could help! I find that some of the best contemporary romances are not just about chemistry, but about relationships. That’s also partially what’s so great about dystopians and fantasies and paranormals – there may be an amazing romance, but there is a lot of other things going on.

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      1. Thanks so much! Those books are some of my favourites – Divergent, City of Fallen Angels and Shatter Me just to name a few. If you check out my ‘About Me’ page on my blog, you’ll be able to see all of them 🙂


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