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Anna and the French Kiss (edition 2011)

by Stephanie Perkins

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Title:Anna and the French Kiss
Authors:Stephanie Perkins
Info:Speak (2011), Paperback, 400 pages
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a romance set in a Parisian boarding school. Anna's novelist father sends her to the school for her senior year. In Anna's opinion he does this because he wants to seem highbrow and sophisticated. She resents going, especially when things have just started to heat up with the cute boy at the theater where she works, but she doesn't really have a choice. Of course, as the story progresses there is another cute boy, a close-knit group of friends, a Mean Girl, and plenty of relationship drama. At one point I laughed out loud and commented to the empty room, "This is porn for teenage girls!" (Note possible minor spoiler: at that point in the novel, Anna and her crush were sleeping together in the same bed -- fully clothed, and at that point in their relationship they were not even kissing, but their arms and legs brushed against each other . . . and then they fell asleep. See what I mean? Teenage girl porn.)

I am making fun of it, yes, but it is a good book, and I would certainly recommend it to teens looking for a romance -- particularly those who enjoy Maureen Johnson, Sarah Dessen, and the like. And it almost made me want to visit Paris. Almost. ( )
  foggidawn | Dec 9, 2014 |
I was skeptical about this book, given it's title. I'm generally not one for super mushy books, which I assumed this book would be. But, when John Green raved about it on his YouTube channel, I felt like I had to read it, and I'm certainly glad I did. Much to my surprise, I found it one of my favorite contemporary romances.
There are many things that I love about this book. Namely, the characters. I'm a sucker for good characters, and this book didn't let me down. I fell in love with St. Clair at first sight, and my fondness for Anna came almost as quickly. I'll admit that sometimes I found Anna a bit whiny, but her complaints were generally reasonable, so it didn't change my feelings for her too much. I liked that she had a personality, but she didn't overdo it. Additionally, I found Étienne a great character who could always make me laugh, though I appreciated that he had a side that went deeper than pure humor. The characters were relatively complex, and I found them rather real and relateable. It was nearly impossible not to feel sympathetic to the characters, which made me feel far more invested in the plot.
If I had one complaint, it was that Anna and Étienne spent the whole book not being in a relationship. They would get so close, and then something would conveniently (for the plot, not for me) come along and screw it up. I understand that the whole point of the book was that they had feelings for each other but weren't dating, but I would have preferred that they be together for a little longer, or at least acted more like a couple. Other than the fact that, as far as I'm concerned, there could have been more romance, the romance that was there was absolutely superb, which made up for it.
Even though this book failed to be perfect, I still found that I enjoyed it immensely. Paris was a great setting for an even greater romance, and the characters grabbed me in a way that some characters failed to do in other books. I would have liked a little less beating around the bush as far as their relationship was concerned, the romance that was there made up for it, cancelling out my only complaint.
Five out of Five Stars
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  TheMessengerReviews | Nov 23, 2014 |
The book should have ended around 200 pages or so... because the last third of the book was simply unbearable.

Have to admit, I did enjoy the first half of the book, it was adorable. But I was already having issues with Anna and the setting in general. Stephanie Perkins does write well but she really needs to put more attention into the details.

1. You have to be an American to attend the American school in Paris? I highly doubt that. Don't think you will have enough students.... I had friends who attended the American school in the Netherlands, and they are definitely not American, not even close.
2. Menu in French at an American school... nope, unless it's a local dish..
3. Having problems ordering food, hmmm... lets see, have you ever heard of body language?
4. Loves film? Are you sure?

Well the list can go on and on.. one thing she did get right was American's ignorance of the outside world. At least have to give her credits for that. ( )
  o.orange.o | Oct 25, 2014 |
I am too much of a mush face. ( )
  lushrain | Sep 29, 2014 |
I hate Goodreads' rating system because that 3 should totally be a 3.5

Now don't get me wrong - but why the hell is Anna and the French Kiss and the rest of the series so highly hyped? Whist I enjoyed this book, I didn't find it a masterpiece, which should have been, because not a person I know hasn't given this book a 5.

It is set in Paris and the writing style manages to involve you into France. I appreciated this book, the characters, the plot, everything. I felt connected to the many character for being a cinema fanatic such as myself. The love intrest is totally attractive, even to a reader. Anna is forced to go to Paris, to a boarding school, leaving her life and friends behind. Étienne St. Clair has been going to the boarding school for a long time and is pretty familiar with it.

Something I really enjoyed was the descriptions; and the way it is, to a certain extent, a realistic story. I read some reviews where people mention how bad St.Clair is but I don't totally agree with it. People who mention so totally didn't understand the whole book premise.

But as I mentioned before, it's not as much as a masterpiece as everyone else made me think. Not much happens in this book, nothing that made me go like I MUST KEEP ON READING. Too long for its own good, Anna and the French Kiss is good, but not the best. However, I'll be reading the rest of the series for sure. ( )
  sarafwilliams | Sep 13, 2014 |
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Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge.
I wish friends held hands more often, like the children I see on the streets sometimes. I'm not sure why we have to grow up and get embarrassed about it.
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Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris — until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
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When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.… (more)

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