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!