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Anna and the French Kiss

A book by Stephanie Perkins

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Everything you could want in a romance novel!

  • Dec 5, 2010
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Anna Oliphant is quite unhappy when her father decides to send her to an American boarding school in Paris. Despite the allure of the famed city, she'd much rather stick around home and spend her senior year with her friends. Anna doesn't have a choice in the matter though, so off to Paris she goes, where the students, language, and city are way more intimidating than she imagined. But, she finds friends that are willing to take her under their wings, and she meets St. Clair--an American guy with a French name and gorgeous English accent, and she falls hard. But, he's taken...and things get complicated. And suddenly, Paris doesn't seem so dull after all.

Anna and the French Kiss is a positively charming, lovely, and romantic novel! Anna's voice, her Parisian boarding school, and her trepidation at exploring a foreign city are all so convincing; it's simply impossible not to fall in love with her and her story. Perkins gives such detailed and precise descriptions of Paris, it's easy to picture yourself there with Anna and her friends walking down a narrow street, or ducking into a small movie theater. At its heart, it is a love story, but Perkins includes so much more than the heart-melting kissing scenes and romantic tension that the flirty cover would suggest. She shows that love is messy and complicated through both St. Clair's and Anna's parents' failed marriages, and in their own struggles to be honest with each other. It's a book about love and lust, and knowing when it's right to let someone go, and when it's worth it to keep fighting. And, it's a book about learning how to deal, and how hard it can be when people you love change. Perkins doesn't over-do a single bit--Anna and the French Kiss is everything you could want in a romance novel, and it will stick with you for a long time--you won't regret picking it up.

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review by . January 07, 2011
My Summary: Sent away to a Parisian boarding school for the year might sound amazing to some teens, but for Anna, it most definitely is not. Leaving her best friend behind, as well as an almost-boyfriend, Anna's stuck on a whole other continent with no one she knows. But when she meets a group friends, she slips into their clique easily. But out of them all, it's Etienne St. Clair that she bonds with the most. The totally hot, hilarious Etienne St. Clair...who happens to have a girlfriend. …
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"From the magical streets of Paris to its charming narrator, Anna and the French Kiss has it all. A wonderfully winning book!" --Robin Benway, author ofAudrey, Wait!andThe Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

"No one captures the exhilarating and exhausting `but-does-he-like-me?!' question better than Stephanie Perkins. A scrumptious read." --Justina Chen, author ofNorth of Beautiful

"Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." --Maureen Johnson,New York Timesbestselling author of13 Little Blue EnvelopesandScarlett Fever

"Smart and sensual, Anna and the French Kiss is everything your heart is longing for. You'll want to live inside this story forever. More,s'il vous plaît!" --Lisa McMann,New York Timesbestselling author of theWakeTrilogy

"Imagine a mug of rich, thick hot chocolate. Now add a swirl of sweet whipped cream. Yummy? Oui. Well, Anna and the French Kiss is richer, sweeter, and--yes--even hotter. You're in for a very special treat." --Lauren Myracle,New York Timesbestselling author ofPeace, Love and Baby DucksandLet It Snow

"Perkins's debut surpasses the usual chick-lit fare with smart dialogue, fresh characters and plenty of tingly interactions . . . Sarah Dessen fans will welcome another author who gracefully combines love and realism." --Kirkus, starred review

"This lively title incorporates plenty of issues that will resonate with teens, from mean girls to the quest for confidence and the complexities of relationships in all their ...
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ISBN-10: 0525423273
ISBN-13: 978-0525423270
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Teens
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
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