Review: Anna and the French Kiss + Music Pick

Posted July 28, 2013 by shooting in Uncategorized / 21 Comments

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Review by Lauren

bought a copy

Official Summary: 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.

Review: I think this title is misleading…and by title, I literally mean the words Anna and the French Kiss. It makes it sound like a cutesy romance, perfect for the pool and not much more. But Anna is a lot more than that. Yes, it’s about romance, but within that, there are issues with communication, moving past what’s comfortable, and learning to listen to your own heart. Apart from the love, Perkins touches on family issues, school problems, and everything that comes with being an American abroad.

I’d read many rave reviews for this book before finally picking up my own copy, and boy, am I glad that I did! It was romantic, hilarious, frustrating, and lovely. It was fantastic following Anna as she explored Paris and it makes me want to go even more! I loved meeting a boy like St. Clair, who might be adorable and sweet…but who is also just a regular teenage boy in many ways. That was a refreshing change from most YA love interests.

If you love Anna, then you get two companion novels (Lola and the Boy Next Door and the soon-to-be-released Isla and the Happily Ever After). I’m excited to read more by Perkins and I hope the rest of you give her a shot, whether the title works for you or not! You just might be surprised.

Music Pick for this Novel

The song that I felt was a good fit for Anna and the French Kiss was Paris (Ooh La La) by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

I feel like it sums up Anna’s frustrations and enjoyments when finding herself falling for St. Clair quite nicely…especially with the reference to Paris!

21 responses to “Review: Anna and the French Kiss + Music Pick

  1. Loved this book, so it was great to read this review! I need to check out Stephanie Perkins other books as well! I didn't realize "Lola" was a companion book!

  2. I have always wanted to read this one but I never liked the title, may try to put it higher on my TBR now!

    FAb review and music choice, lovely! <33

  3. Yay I'm so happy you enjoyed this one I thought it was such a great read and yes definitely more than just a floofy romance story! Great review! 🙂

  4. It took me a while to pick this up too, but I'm so glad I eventually gave into peer pressure! I read Lola straight afterwards and loved it too. I'm thrilled you enjoyed this. Brilliant review! 🙂

  5. This was a very angsty, squeeze your heart read! I felt bad for Anna so many times and wanted to shake Etienne on several occasions. Nice to see you enjoyed this. Great review. 🙂

  6. Ugh, I know, it took me so long to read this book because the title, cover, and back cover blurb were just so unappealing to me because I don't do cutesy romances. So glad that I was able to look past the cover in the end or else I would have missed out on this gem! So glad you loved it too, Lauren. Great thoughts!

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