Books Review

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

December 2, 2010
So, I have this fascination with France. I don’t speak French, I’ve never been to the country, I don’t spend hours Google-ling it, and yet I have this strange fascination with it. “Paris Je’Taime” is one of my favorite movies and I love the Beautiful Americans series by Lucy Silag. When I discovered Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss, I couldn’t help but become overcome with excitement and the need to read it! Luck decided to pay me a visit and Schuler Books received an ARC of it and having just finished it, I must say that I love this book!

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Anna and the French Kiss is told in the first person and in present tense. Although I write and read more books in the past tense, I love the way the novel is written. Anna is a great narrator and I found her to be a funny, serious, and an extremely likeable character. Ms. Perkins has created a character so real and honest in Anna that I often found myself thinking, “Yup, I know that feeling”.

Another character that I love is St. Clair. He’s funny, charming, and troubled enough to make him a well-rounded character. His flaws are exactly what cause the tension between him and Anna and I would sometimes even get mad at him for not realizing what he was doing to the people around him. As the story progresses, so does he and if anything, this novel is about personal growth. 🙂

Stephanie Perkins’ writing doesn’t stop being amazing with the narration. She has created main and secondary characters that have friendships and problems real enough to make a reader believe they’re actually part of the story and the characters’ lives. The descriptions are also beautiful and not over-the-top. I was able to experience Paris and the culture with the same wonder and excitement as Anna, and Ms. Perkins deserves an award for invoking such a response.

All around, Anna and the French Kiss is just as amazing as my fellow bloggers are saying it is! It’s one of those books that have great writing, loveable characters, and provides readers with an addicting and enjoyable story. Thanks to Stephanie Perkins’ enchanting writing, the story comes alive and will make readers laugh and cry. Don’t second guess buying a copy or borrowing one from your local library! Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop!

For more information on the novel and Stephanie Perkins, please visit her OFFICIAL WEBSITE, TWITTER, and BLOG.

(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)
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    Casey (The Bookish Type)
    December 2, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I’ve heard so many people say that this novel is incredible that I absolutely have to check it out! I’m so excited the release is finally here!

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    December 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Awesome review! 🙂 I’ve been hearing good things about this! It’s definitely different from what I usually read but I’d like to give it a try.

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    December 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I can’t wait to read it! Looks fantastic!! And I am thrilled you like the Beautiful Americans series–so cool!!


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    Kelley Vitollo
    December 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I can’t wait to read this!

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    Shooting Stars Mag
    December 5, 2010 at 12:58 am

    This is the first review I’ve read actually…and you make it sound just delightful! I think my sister would really enjoy it as she’s been to Paris twice.


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    December 5, 2010 at 3:44 am

    France is lovely! I hope you can go sometime! I need to go to Paris so if you happen to decide to go call me:) I have seen this book on other bloggers tweets and posts, but wasn’t sure if i would like it. I think from this review I shall give it a chance!!

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    December 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I adored this book, such a fantastic read dfilled with fun and normal characters with real life problems. The next companion novel is too far off as far as I’m concerned!

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    December 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I’m so excited to read this book. I keep hearing such great things about it.

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