Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: December 2, 2010 by Dutton
Series: #1 (Anna and the French Kiss)
Length: 372 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

Anna is 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. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Γ‰tienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Γ‰tienne 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?


This book was just amazing! From the first page to the last, it had me flipping the pages like CRAY. It is written in 1st person point of view and Anna (our main character) is telling the story. She is sent to a boarding school in Paris by her parents and we get to follow her adventures there. First off, the writing style was perfect; everything flowed smoothly. Not once was I bored while reading Anna and the French Kiss.

Second, I really love how the supporting characters were given their own voice and had a big part in the story. They weren’t just “there”. Our main characters were super awesome. Anna and St. Clair (Etienne) were very believable and I freaking love them! They made choices that I bought and they were just oh so cute! I love how they could just exchange stories and could trust each other. I also appreciated the NON insta love. They started off as friends and slowly progressed into becoming lovers.

Third, what I loved most about this book is the setting. I FELT LIKE I WAS IN FREAKING PARIS!!! Stephanie Perkins did a wonderful job describing showing us the beautiful places in Paris through Anna. I was mesmerized and in awe while Anna & St. Clair roamed around the different attractions in Paris. From the boarding school to the theaters, to Point Zero, Stephanie Perkins did an excellent job with the setting. I felt like Anna & St. Clair were my personal tour guides. I also love how I learned something from this book.

Overall I highly recommend Anna and the French Kiss. It was a fun, light read with witty and believable characters. Whether you’re a fan of YA contemporary or not, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

4.5 of 5

26 Responses to “Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins”

  1. 1 Chri @ Fathomless October 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I agree! It was such a cute, fun book πŸ˜€ Especially the secondary characters, and YES – yay for the lack of insta love! Have you read Lola and the Boy Next Door? Great review!

  2. 3 Francoise October 6, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    I really want to read this novel. I feel like the only blogger who hasn’t read it. Sounds like you really enjoyed it.

  3. 5 Rachel @The Readers Den October 6, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I loved this one, too! Although, it did squash my heart in a few places, I guess it made the end all the better. Great review! πŸ™‚

  4. 7 Lesley Marie October 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Ahh, I need this book so bad now T_T I’ve heard a lot about this book but haven’t got around to reading it yet. But… Believeable characters? Good romance? Good writing? PARIS?! I NEED THIS! *kicks self for not reading it.) Great review!

  5. 9 Delaney October 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I’ve heard such great things about this book that I don’t know…TT ^ TT *cries in a corner* I’m scared I won’t like it as much as you did. I am a contemporary kind of gal if it’s done right, so ahh I don’t know! But it sound adorable and I’m happy the development because it sounds a very adorable development. >____< I think I am reconsidering not reading this to reading this now. XD

  6. 11 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence October 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Yay, glad you enjoyed this book! I tried to start it once but decided I wasn’t in the mood for a contemporary. Think I’ll have to read this one because of the Paris setting! Great review Leigh!

    • 12 Leigh (LittleBookStar) October 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Yeah when I got Anna and the French Kiss, I wasn’t in the mood to read a contemp so I kept putting it off. I think it’s best to read it if you’re really in a contemp mood. Maybe read it during fall because I think that’s the season it is set in. Thanks!

  7. 13 becca October 7, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    I love this one! I’m so glad you fell in love with Anna and the French Kiss too. And I agree, I really felt like I was in Paris all throughout the book. It was so descriptive without being too descriptive — which is the best kind of writing!

  8. 15 kezia1098 October 7, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Sorry I haven’t stopped by your blog in a while, Leigh!! Been busy with school!

    Wow! My friend said that this was amazing too!! I thought that it wasn’t set in Paris — yeah, I know, it was obvious from the title xD — but since I haven’t read many books set in Europe, I guess Anna is worth-reading from the way you describe it. Great review as always, Leigh! πŸ˜€

  9. 17 Emily @ Forever Literary October 7, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    This book is so adorable and I’m glad you loved it! I especially agree with point 3; after I finished reading this, I legitimately thought “I HAVE to attend Anna’s school” before realizing it doesn’t actually exist. Anna and the French Kiss really does transport you right into Paris, although it unfortunately gives you what are probably false high hopes about the boys there. πŸ™‚

  10. 19 Kaitlin October 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I’m so glad I have a copy of this book! It sounds like the perfect cute and romantic read, so hopefully I get to read it before the year ends. πŸ™‚

  11. 20 Terri October 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    This is one of my very favorites! It’s so light and fun. You’re right too about the supporting characters. Perkins does a fantastic job of developing secondary characters so you get a sense of a fully-fleshed out cast. Glad you liked it!

  12. 21 littlediva96 March 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    I love this book. I agree, that it is such a cute read. I read it in a couple of hours. IT WAS SO GOOD.

    • 22 Leigh (LittleBookStar) April 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Right!? I’m so glad you loved it also. Have you read Lola and the Boy Next Door?

      • 23 littlediva96 April 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        No I haven’t. I went through a faze (a short lived faze) where I sold books I haven’t read in 2+ months. It was in hardback. I’ll always regret it! I plan on picking up in April if I can find it at a book signing I’m going to. Have you read it? Did you enjoy it?

      • 24 Leigh (LittleBookStar) April 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        aww well at least you can always buy it πŸ™‚ no I haven’t read it. I’m waiting for the 3rd book to come out so when I read Lola I can read Isla right after.

      • 25 littlediva96 April 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        We are going to HPB sometime in April (fingers crossed) and I am on the hunt for first two in HB. I own the first one in Paper Back. ;/ I went through another faze, one that lasted three years unfortunately, where I only bought paperbacks. Anna is one of those books I want to last as I grow old. I NEED it in HB. πŸ™‚

      • 26 littlediva96 April 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Isla is going to be stellar!!

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