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Anna and the French Kiss

A book by Stephanie Perkins

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Fun, Flirty and Unforgettable

  • Jan 7, 2011
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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. As time passes, Anna's life grows more hectic, her friendships more troubled and she can't deny the truth of her relationships any longer...A fun, flirty and unforgettable debut, Anna and the French Kiss is wonderful from start to finish.

Review: Narrated by the ever-amusing Anna, Anna and the French Kiss does not cease to entertain and inspire. Perkins manages to write fully dimensional characters, not just with her protagonist Anna but with them all. Even with the City of Lights, Perkins paints a picture with her words that almost makes you feel as if you're standing right with Anna in the middle of Paris (oh, how I wish I could go to Paris now...darn you, Stephanie Perkins!).

Filled with a sweet romance that isn't overdone or dramatized, Anna and the French Kiss is truly fabulous. I know some people who immediately set this one aside just for the unusual name, but if you do that you are missing out. This book has substance, it has realism to the characters and the relationships. For contemporary lovers, its an easy book to jump in and relate with because life isn't perfect for Anna. There are ups and downs, and Anna is such a wonderful protagonist to follow through the story.

So it all boils down to this: Do you enjoy contemporary novels? What about a bit of realistic romance? Paris? Witty and hilarious main characters? Really cute boy BFF's? If you answered "YES!" to any of those, then Anna and the French Kiss is perfect for you.

Highlights: Perkins has the right amount of of amusement in her writing, but she can pull off the serious moments just as easily. While there are some more serious moments, this is a fairly light story (emotionally, I mean), so it will definitely be a fun read for anyone who loves YA, boys, France, accents, and so much more.

Lowlights: Hmm, I did want to shake some sense into a few certain characters at times, but it's not that big of a deal.

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

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review by . December 05, 2010
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 …
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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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