Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

28th March 2012

*I picked this up at my local library.

Anna’s slacker dad is a writer, and because he thinks he’s hit the big time, he wants his daughter educated in Europe. At boarding school. For her senior year. Anna has to leave her best friend, her crush, and her baby brother back in Atlanta to start over in Paris.

If that isn’t bad enough, Anna doesn’t speak French and knows no one. Her neighbor Meredith hears her sobbing into her pillow the first night and tries to cheer her up, introducing her, over breakfast to Rashmi, Josh, and Etienne. Etienne is a true international – British accent, French name, American upbringing, and Anna realizes maybe boarding school in Paris isn’t so bad.

Why did I pick this up? When I began blogging, I think everyone and their momma read this book. When I was at the library a couple of weeks ago, I just wandered around and happened to find this one.

Did I like it? I’ve got to be honest, this book was so fun. When I was in high school, I would have adored this book. Even as an adult, it was still really fun.

What was Anna like? Anna is fantastic. She blogs on film and wants to be the first famous film critic. Once Etienne shows her how many theaters are near the school, she is in heaven. She is a senior, so of course there is some high school drama, especially since her best friend is an ocean away.

Why are people so crazy about this book? Honestly, because this book is set in Paris, I think the idea of young love in the City of Lights is a bit too good to pass up.

Who should read this? Anyone who wants to feel the freedom of being young again without the angst. 🙂

  • I loved this book when I read it yesterday. I have been recommending it to people who don’t normally read YA because it is thoroughly enjoyable no matter your age!

    • It really is so enjoyable. Glad you liked it, too. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Oh what a super fun review!! I need to read this book ASAP…Ive heard nothing but good things…;)

    • Thanks, Tina! I can’t believe you haven’t already. I think it would be one you’d really enjoy.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone really does seem to love this book. I don’t think I’ve come across a bad review yet.

    • And that usually freaks me out…

  • This book and Harry Potter make me wish that my parents had sent me to boarding school. My life pales in comparison.

    • It does sound fun, doesn’t it? Although it’s probably one of those things that’s kind of torturous if you’re actually there.