Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

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Title – Anna and the French Kiss  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Stephanie Perkins (Website, Goodreads)

Published – December 2nd 2010

Classification – Young adult

Summary – 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 affection. So she’s not too pleased when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new friends, including the handsome Etienne 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 a French kiss she’s been waiting for?

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Thoughts:

This book came highly highly highly recommended by Kristin from AdventuresinYA podcast. I am a regular listener and follower and she talked about her favorite book, Anna and the French Kiss, in multiple podcasts.

I decided to give it a try.

Unfortunately I didn’t like it enough to put it in my favorites. Sorry Kristin!

Anna and the French Kiss

While I liked Stephanie Perkin’s writing style, I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character. She wasn’t a bad person but didn’t have too many strengths. She relied on others a bit too much for my liking. And I could tell from the first half of the book that she was not a real reliable friend.

Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t not like reading the book. It was still an enjoyable read. I do want people to read Anna and the French Kiss because so many people LOVED this book as a YA contemporary romance. And just because I didn’t swoon over St. Clair and Paris doesn’t mean other people won’t!

Anna and the French Kiss is a fairly quick read. It was a surprisingly thick book, but is a “fluff” read for me (not a bad thing).

Stephanie Perkins wrote two books to follow Anna and the French Kiss. They are about different characters and have different storylines, but is placed in the same “world.” I am completely on the fence for picking these up. I could definitely like another book written by Stephanie Perkins but I’m afraid I’m going to run into the same problems of not liking the character’s actions. Any recommendations?

Conclusion:

I still recommend Anna and the French Kiss to someone looking for a YA contemporary fiction. While it did not become one of my favorites, it was still enjoyable.

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