Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


In a sentence or so: Anna attends boarding school in France for a year because her douchebag dad thinks it will help culture her and stuff. She makes new friends, learns more about herself, and has complicated feelings for a hot british dude.

Here’s the deal. I know everyone and their mom has read this book already, so I will save you the synopsis. If you’re one of the 8 people left on the planet who haven’t read this yet, you can certainly check out the summary at Goodreads.

Since we are reading about Anna’s time in Paris as it happened, I felt like her friends were my friends. And while School of America in Paris probably didn’t have a yearbook because yearbooks are lame, let’s pretend they did. This is what I’d write in each of their yearbooks.

Mer – I will forever and always love you because you reached out to Anna on her first night. You set the tone for her whole year in Paris by being sweet and thoughtful and patient with her. While things didn’t work out for you and St. Clair, I have NO DOUBT that some seriously rockstar boy is in your future because you deserve THE BEST.

Rashmi – For reasons I don’t fully understand, I liked you a whole helluva lot. Something about your understated snarkiness and low-key compassion for all of your friends is just fantastic. I respect you to the moon and back.

Josh – Your subtle humor and ability to help the group feel at ease, even in the most awkward of situations, is such a gift. You were the perfect bro for St. Clair. I have no doubt y’all talked about Anna and Ellie all the dang time. I also secretly loved that you frequently cut class and drew all the time.

Anna – How I love your love for all things movies. I would totally watch It Happened One Night with you on repeat for a decade because I love it – and you - that much. I felt your pain with the whole being in a New Place situation, but you handled it magnificently. Do me a favor and don’t sell yourself short – you are hilarious, insightful, and a great friend.

St. Clair – You had me at your rants about Rasputin. As a history nerd who is particularly charged about the whole Tsar Nicolas II situation, this made my heart beat OUT OF MY RIBCAGE like a cartoon. Your love for Anna manifesting as a friendship first was the absolute BEST. Thanks for being the guy she needed you to be. I’m sorry about your mom, bro. Also, sorry your dad is a dickbag.

There are so many fun elements to this story. Like being in Paris, being at boarding school, the hot British guy that is a GREAT FRIEND and then some, realizing past mistakes and moving on, accepting your friends for who they are, and punching that girl in the face who TOTALLY DESERVED IT ALL THIS TIME.

You will find someone or something to relate to in Anna and the French Kiss. You’ll also totally highlight the hell out of this book because Stephanie Perkins has some incredible dialogue and one-liners.

Yeah, Anna and the French Kiss lives up to the hype.

Fave quote: "I wish the thing that is best for me." (87)

Fix er up: Some things were painfully obvious to me, but that did not hurt on the enjoyment AT ALL. I kind of liked knowing what was coming so I could be fully in the moment with Anna and St. Clair and all the rest!

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Contemporary
Publishing Info: Penguin 2010

[FTC Notice: I won a SIGNED copy of this lovely book from Heid at YA Bibliophile. HOLLA.]

I read this book as part of the Rewind and Review challenge. I am SO GLAD that I did! I'll be rereading it again in no time, fo sho.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

19 comments:

  1. Oh this book was absolutely amazing! I recently read it as well. I CAN'T believe I took this long to get to it! The way it makes you feel so many emotions, and the absolute giddy feeling you have when you finish it? Priceless.

    I agree with everything you said about the characters. Because Josh stayed back at school because he was a junior there, I'm hoping we may see more of him later...such as in Isla and the Happily Ever After! <3 THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.

    Fantastic review! COMPLETELY jealous over your signed copy by the way. ;) Planning to get to Lola and the Boy Next Door soon?

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    1. I would totally be on board with a spin off with Josh!

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  2. Oh man. I love this book! So glad you did too :) Now, ON TO LOLA! I think you will like her and her geeky boy next door!!!

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  3. I love your yearbook idea!! lol They're totally spot on. :) I'm so happy you liked this one, Lisa! And now, like Heidi said, on to Lola!

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  4. OH MAN I love this post! So awesome. My post for this book is going up in June and I'm not doing a regular "review" either although I have not been as creative as you, my dear!

    This has been one of the contemps that I've read recently and as much as I was skeptical (I just knew I *wouldn't* like it because everyone else loves it *so much*) I really did end up liking it. It was just FUN. I'm not sure if Lola can live up, ya know?

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  5. Oh my god, hurry up and read LOLA because I am 100% sure knowing you and how much you love NERDERY that you will FALL HEAD OVER HEELS for Cricket, doodle hearts and all.

    Also?

    I LOVE THE YEARBOOK SIGNING, hahaha. What a creative way to review. Sigh.

    Oh.

    And.

    St. Clair 4eva!

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    1. I would leave my own comment on this post, but I think April pretty much said everything I wanted to say. Except she definitely said it better than I would have! I have no doubt that you'll be a total goner for Cricket. My nerdy heart was crazyyyy about him!

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  6. I... you... This... PERFECT! I love the yearbook thing; what a totally creative idea! Those are EXACTLY the things I'd want to say to each of those characters, plus so much more! I loved this book to pieces and honestly can't understand for the life of me why I haven't read Lola yet. From everyone's reactions to it, it sounds better than Anna... which I find extremely hard to believe! Great review and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!

    Also, can I join you and Anna watching It Happened One Night?

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  7. Lauren (Story Bound)4/30/2012 5:20 PM

    Thanks for the review! This book sounds so good and sadly, I am one of the 8 people left on the planet that haven't read this yet. It's on my to-read list though! :)

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  8. @%^$&FHW#(#&%(@JFWOE!!!! (See that? I even CAPSLOCKED my crazy nonsense reaction to your post. THAT'S how much I loved it.)
    This is one of my fave contemps ever. I loved, like, all of it, HARD. St. Claire...I ADORE him. I can't wait for you to read Lola!! I have a particular soft spot for this book, but Lola and Cricket? INSANE amounts of love for them. INSANE.
    WOO HOO!!!

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  9. This is my favorite, and so far the best contemporary romance I've read. There's a balance of plot substance and romance. It's not just instant love. It grew and grew from a very small feelings towards each other. Anna and the French Kiss is truly a masterpiece.

    -Ivan

    Rumpelstiltskin and Co.

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  10. So happy you enjoyed this book. It's one I've been meaning to come back to. ST CLAIRRRRR <3

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  11. This is pretty much the most awesome review. I love what you did with the yearbook thing. I'm so glad you liked it too :]

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  12. I'll fly you to the moon and back, if you'll beee... if you'll beeee my BABY. Oooo, Oooo.

    You are a pleasant dream, Lisa. I love your reviews for your honesty and humor. And it does help that your romance with this book has lit a sweet fire IN MY VERY SOUL. I love this book to pieces and littler pieces. St. Clair def. remains one of my fave fictional boys EVER.

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    1. Your comments rule.

      Do not think your Savage Garden reference fell flat on me. BECAUSE I SO GOT IT.

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  13. I love the quote that you have for this one. I highlighted on my Kindle as well.

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  14. I'm going to have to check this out at the Library!

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