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Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss is one of those books that I’ve heard so many people say they loved, yet I never really made time to read it. My pen pal Jen finally convinced me, and I finallly read this popular contemporary book.

And, I’m so glad I did!!

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Title & Author: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Contemporary

Release Date: December 2, 2010

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Dutton

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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?”

Funny, Sweet & Adorable

I loved everything about Anna and the French Kiss. It was sweet yet serious and funny yet deep. The characters are what really made this book.

Anna is witty and loves cinema, and St. Clair has great hair and is short. There are so many details and intricacies to everyone’s personality that they feel so real. I would be BFF’s with Anna in a heartbeat.

Even though Anna and the French Kiss focuses on romance, there is a huge coming of age element mixed in. Anna (like the rest of her friends at school) got shipped off to Paris for her senior year. That’s a huge adjustment, and not only does Anna have to cope with all new people, but she also has to cope with a whole new country and culture. It was awesome to see her development with those things throughout the novel.

Is This a Kissing Book?

The setting of this book cannot be matched – Paris in the springtime (and other seasons too). Très magnifique!

To help you visualize Anna traipsing through France, tomorrow I’m going to post my pictures of France (I went there two years ago) along with Anna’s comments on the places mentioned. Reading Anna and the French Kiss was like getting to relive my time there all over again.

To answer the question in this section title (asked by dear Fred Savage in The Princess Bride): HECK YES! There is so much romantic tension in this book – almost too much for me. But, it was totally worth it.

I was yelling things like, “SERIOUSLY?!” and “What now??” through the book, but I loved how Perkins wrapped everything up. Not everything is ideal (with other characters), but I liked that Perkins didn’t make the ending “too perfect.”


I don’t read a ton of contemporary YA, so when I do I want the books to really wow me. I couldn’t have asked for a better example of that in this novel. With its gorgeous setting, rich characters and coming of age story, Anna and the French Kiss is a perfect book to escape with.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.