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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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of LiAnna 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 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?...

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Anna and the French Kiss Reviews

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2018-12-08 23:06

    “I cheated on her every day. In my mind, I thought of you in ways I shouldn’t have, again and again. She was nothing compared to you. I’ve never felt this way about anybody before—”What's the saying? Once a cheater, always a cheater? Oh, the fucking hypocrisy.There were many things I wanted to do to Anna Oliphant throughout this book. Some of them involve a bottle of choloroform, a shovel, and an unmarked grave. Mostly, I just want to bring Anna in front of the US Congress as an example of how the US educational system has grievously failed our students. To be frank, Anna Oliphant is a motherfucking idiot.Yeah, I guess you could say this is a sweet romance, but it's not the good sort of sweet. It's the "Oh my god, why did I eat that entire package of Oreos? I DON'T EVEN LIKE OREOS!" sort of sweet. It's sickening, and best in small doses, and I still feel like I need an internal cleanse after spreading the reading of this book over several days. The good thing about it is that this book isn't the sugar-free type of sweet, so there were no anal explosions. It wasn't the worst contemporary I've ever read, but this book was tremendously annoying and I simply do not understand the hype. I know many of people enjoyed it, and I can see why. Anna is the sort of character that grows on you, much like mildew, or herpes. Once you get used to having it, it doesn't really bother you much anymore.I'm not opposed to romance. I love romance, but I read this book hoping to be swept away by a romance. Instead, I was sucked into a whirlwind of idiocy.Oh, the Stupidity!!: The only French word I know is oui, which means “yes,” and only recently did I learn it’s spelled o-u-i and not w-e-e.People like Anna Oliphant is the reason why everyone hates Americans. Anna is 17, and she is a moron. She is the epitome of the stupid, ignorant, egocentric American. For fuck's sakes, she thinks there are motherfucking mimes on every fucking corner in France. She thinks that people go watch mimes as an everyday pastime!I’m going to be sick. I’m going to vomit that weird eggplant tapenade I had for dinner, and everyone wil hear, and no one will invite me to watch the mimes escape from their invisible boxes, or whatever it is people do here in their spare time.I'm sorry, but I'm inclined to judge anyone who doesn't know that oui is spelled o-u-i and not w-e-e. It's one of those foreign words that isn't even fucking foreign because it's so fucking common. Oui is yes in French. Si is yes in Spanish. It's one of those words that's so fucking commonly used that you have to be a complete birdbrain not to know!Anna is terrified of anything foreign, although to me, France really isn't that foreign or exotic, but I didn't grow up in Atlanta. Is Atlanta really that ass-fucking backward? Is Atlanta really completely isolated from the rest of the world, despite being one of the biggest cities in the US (Anna's words). Do they not have paninis in Atlanta?“Where have you been all my life?” I ask the beautiful panini. “How is it possible I’ve never had a sandwich like this before?”Not only is she ignorant, she has no survival skills. Anna is in Paris, attending a school for Americans. Fucking everyone speaks English, the French teachers speak English. Anna is terrified of getting food in the cafeteria and avoids the cafeteria for weeks because she doesn't know how to order food.Let me tell you a brilliant way of ordering food, in any language. You smile, you make eye contact at the desired food, you point, you nod. It's motherfucking universal.I hate to say it, but if you're a pretty girl, you can get anyone's help (most likely a guy, but often another girl, too) just by looking cute and helpless and tilting your head at an angle (guilty as charged). It ain't feminist, but it works when one is desperate, and the fact that Anna doesn't have the fucking common sense to do this instead of hiding in her room for weeks like a motherfucking pussy doesn't bring her up in my estimation. I'm not judging Anna for being shy. Anna is not shy. I was a shy, shy teenager. Anna is incompetent. There is a difference between incompetency and shyness.After weeks and weeks of going to classes, of learning French...Anna doesn't know how to fucking spell "please" in French.Mer is next in line, and I transcribe her speech phonetically.Oon ploss see voo play.That's suppsed to be une place, s'il vous plaît.Her impression of Paris is one with like, blah blah Marie Antoinette and that really short dude, like, I think his name is Napoleon? You know, like, the one on the horse in that painting by that dude? And oh my god, the Moulin Rouge, and that cute little movie with the little girl in the yellow thingy! Madeline!And this is a chick who wants to be a film critic when she grows up.My dream is to study film theory in California. I want to be our nation’s greatest female film critic.Although judging from the way she thinks, I think she's more suited to a career writing for the tabloids, the type with the sort of "PRESIDENT OBAMA CAUGHT IN INTERPLANETARY ORGY ALONG WITH PUTIN AND MERKEL" headline rather than as a film critic.I wonder if Matt is a better kisser now that he has someone more experienced to practice on. He was probably a bad kisser because of me.Oh, no.I’m a bad kisser. I am, I must be.Someday I’ll be awarded a statue shaped like a pair of lips, and it’ll be engraved with the words WORLD’S WORST KISSER.And Matt will give a speech about how he only dated me because he was desperate, but I didn’t put out, so I was a waste of time because Cherrie Milliken liked him all along and she totally puts out.Oh God. Does Toph think I’m a bad kisser?Anna, Anna, ANNA!!!!!: So beautiful without knowing it!! So perfect! So adorably fucking clumsy! She even looks gorgeous when she falls flat on her fucking face!"You’re beautiful.”I trip and fall down on the sidewalk.I look away as he takes my hand and helps me up. “I’m fine. Fine!” I say, brushing the grit from my palms. Oh my God, I AM a freak.“You’ve seen the way men look at you, right?” he continues.“If they’re looking, it’s because I keep making a fool of myself.”I've seen this before. And it ain't cute. Spare me the whole adorkable thing. I don't like Zooey Deschanel, and I don't like Anna. It just looks like she's trying too fucking hard, and the cute but oh-so-clumsy trope is just so fucking overplayed right now. I wash my hands of it.It's not blatant, but the relationships between the girls in this book are meant to portray Anna as the good one, the best one, the most adorakablest girly girl in the whole wide fucking world. Rashmi is "Rash." Cute. I don't think so. Mer is just a little chubby. Volleyball player chubby, but it's ok ^_^; Amanda the slut, Amanda the bitch. And Anna. Anna is just so good because you know, she feels really bad that Etienne likes her, so she does everything she can to make Mer not jealous. It's not Mer's fault that she's not good enough for Etienne! And boy, Saint Anna keeps reminding us that she's a good person!And poor Ellie. Poor Ellie, Etienne's girlfriend. But surely, it's ok for Etienne to cheat on Ellie with Anna if she looks like a slut, right?Slutty nurse. I don’t believe it. Tiny white button-up dress, red crosses across the nipples. Cleavage city.CHEATING IS OK IF YOUR GIRLFRIEND IS A BITCH: That's the message that this book sends. Oh, that Ellie. That stupid, stuck up Ellie. Ellie who thinks she is better than everyone else. Surely it's fine if Etienne seeks comfort elsewhere if his girlfriend is a cold fish, a stuck up snot, right? No. I don't fucking think so. How about you break up with her FIRST? Just because a girl is a jerk doesn't mean she deserves to be cheated on. I do not appreciate the way this book sends the message that it's morally acceptable to cheat on a girlfriend who neglects you! But it's morally acceptable to cheat on her if you feeeeeeeeeeeeel bad about it, right? Fuck this shit.THE CHEATING: And yes, it is cheating. What do you call this?"I said you were beautiful. I slept in your bed!”“You never made a move! You had a girlfriend!”“No matter what a terrible boyfriend I was, I wouldn’t actually cheat on her. But I thought you’d know. With me being there, I thought you’d know.”Ok. Etienne has a girlfriend, Ellie. Etienne holds hands with Anna. He is still with Ellie.It’s nice holding hands. Comfortable.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.You know why? Because you wouldn't like it if Etienne held hands with another girl if he was dating YOU. Fucking hypocrite.Friends don't sleep in each others' beds.I mean I didn’t SLEEP sleep with him. Obviously. But I slept with him.I slept with a boy! I burrow back down into my sheets and grin.And that boy has a girlfriend. And then you do it again. While he still has a girlfriend. While you have an almost-boyfriend.You make eye contact and blush at each other in a theatre. While he has a girlfriend.You kiss each other. While he has a girlfriend. While you have an almost-boyfriend.You flirt with each other. While he has a girlfriend. While you have an almost-boyfriend.I don't see this relationship lasting very long.

  • Nina ♥
    2018-12-01 19:14

    I found this online...NOW WHY COULDN'T THIS BE THE ACTUAL COVER?St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. ST. CLAIR!!!!Can’t I just fill this review with his name instead of explaining how much I effing LOVED this book and trying to describe in vivid detail how beautiful and amazing and gorgeous and sexy and adorable and cute and sweet and perfect and totally smoking HAWT St. Clair is?Asdfghjkl <--- this is me being speechless. I just…I loved, loved, LOVED this book. I’m positively utterly, totally, absolutely completely, undeniably IN LOVE with this book. Just thinking about it makes me giddy. Seriously. It makes me wonder “why don’t my parents send me to France?! I want to find my own Etienne, dammit!” Sigh. Just thinking his name makes me swoon.Okay, I’m probably acting like an annoying fangirl right now, but can you blame me?! I’ll try to keep this review short, before I go into complete fangirl mode (which scares even me).I loved the characters. Every single one of them. They weren’t there just to paint the background, they all had depth and each a different personality. Anna was an awesome MC. She was so amusing and comical, even when she was angry; you kind of want to annoy her just to see her reaction. She has a wonderful dad (who cares if he’d a dick? He sent her to freaking PARIS. And he meant WELL) who sends her to School of America in Paris (SOAP), which is a boarding school. There, she meets a couple of students—Meredith, Josh, Rashmi, aaaaaand St. Clair *swoon*—who immediately befriend her. Unfortunately—or fortunately—she starts having feelings toward the totally gorgeous, off-limits Etienne St. Clair (okay, I’ve learned to say his name without completely hyperventilating, that’s progress). Not only does he have a serious girlfriend, but Meredith—the one who immediately befriended Anna and was kind and helpful to her from the beginning is also crushing on St. Clair. I totally get Anna. I mean, DUDE, HE HAS A BRTISH ACCENT. And he speaks French! That alone should make you fall in love with him within the first five minutes of meeting him. If only he were real. *le sigh* I would positively run to Paris, find him, snatch him away from Anna, grab his hand and run like hell. Which is sort of kidnapping and illegal, but WHO CARES? I mean, he’s St. Clair. Totally understandable. *pout* BUT HE’S NOT REAL. *BAWLS*Gah, he’s just so perfect in this totally realistic way. And so sweet (did I already say that?). His love for his mother and friends makes me love him more.I need to stop. I’m already feeling light-headed and woozy from thinking about it. Don’t worry, normal symptom after reading this book. So, yeah. Read it, if you haven’t already. Don’t let the blurb fool you, it might sound cliché, but there is NOTHING cliché about this book. It unique and one of the best books I’ve ever read.Sigh. Gosh. I better stop or I’ll start blabbering “Anna! France! French kissssssss! Paris! St. Clair! St. Clair! St. Clair! St. Clair! I LOVE YOUUUUU!”*patting myself on the back for having so much self-control*I hope the companion novel is just as good as this. Please make it good, Mrs. Stephanie Perkins. I will forever be your slave.Oh, and I have a sneaking suspicious that the third book will be about Isla Martin and Josh.BTW, this is my version of St. Clair:ISN'T HE YUMMY???"I love you as certain dark things are loved,in secret, between the shadow and the soul."

  • Barry Pierce
    2018-11-14 23:16

    When I was four, I fell off a tree. I hit the ground face first. What I didn't know was that there was a very small, sharp root sticking out of the ground at the base of the tree. It went through my cheek. I went to the ER but had to wait until 2am because it was a busy night. I sat there for hours in that ER with a hole in my cheek. When the doctor finally saw me he thought that since it was a busy night and there were so many people in the ER that he would just sew up my cheek without having to wait for an anesthetic. And he did. He sewed my cheek back together with no pain relief. I have never experienced pain like that again in my life. Until now. Anna and the French Kiss was more painful than that night in hospital. It is a lifeless, desolate, lump of a novel. Its only purpose in this world is as a gauge by which we measure bad novels. This is the bottom of the gauge and Twilight is at the top. Anna is the stupidest person I've ever come across in fiction. She is a self confessed film buff and hopes to one day become America's leading film critic. She obviously must know A LOT about film then eh? *sigh* She's a supposed film buff but yet knows nothing of Paris. PARIS. The home of fucking film. At one point in the novel she is genuinely SURPRISED that Paris has cinemas. FUCKING CINEMAS. How can she be so incredibly ignorant of the place where film was fucking invented and know literally nothing of French cinema BUT YET call herself a fan of film? Ridiculous. She eventually actually goes to the cinema a couple of times but lo and behold what does she watch? American films. She in the home of film and she watches American films. I can't deal with this girl. Oh but let us for one second talk about the love interest. Mr. My Name Is So French It's Borderline Racist Étienne St. Clair. He is literally every "male love interest" YA cliche rolled into one festering tumour of a character. He's American BUT has a British accent, he has messy hair BUT his room is meticulously clean, he's book smart, smells nice and is probably the Second Coming of Christ. He is UNBEARABLE. He's like Augustus Water but this guy doesn't have the common courtesy to die at the end. How rude.I hated everything about this novel. It felt unresearched, rushed, and in places, dumbed-down. It is written in a style that I can only describe as "unemployed Sex and the City screen writer". I wish this novel came with a warning, "Keep out of reach of children, and teenagers, and adults, dogs, garden gnomes, your grandmother, school janitors, priests, gibbons, and especially anybody who lives in Paris because this novel is an insult to their city".I'll finish with a quote from one of my favourite film critics Roger Ebert (who gets a mention in this novel and I'm pretty sure he's turning in his grave because of it). I'll manipulate the quote a bit but the sentiment still prevails. "This book doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This book isn't the bottom of the barrel. This book isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This book doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels."

  • Simeon
    2018-11-25 03:14

    This book is adorable, I’m not gonna lie. Wealthy white teenagers having first-world problems. Anna, the valiant, is plucked from Georgia and “abandoned” by her parents at a boarding school for rich American teens living in Paris, where she collapses into tears at the injustice of it all.Intrigued? That's only the beginning of this incredible tale.Sadly, my hopes for a dramatic twist of the Taken variety came to naught as the entire novel progressed without a single gun fight, kidnapping, or car chase, although at one point Anna's dream guy vomits on her.In fact, every plot twist for Anna and the French Kiss seems to have been lifted directly from r/firstworldproblems. Chapter 1) Girl meets boy (the plot thickens).Chapter 2) Girl wants to order some delicious Parisian food, but does not speak French and is too embarrassed to ask for it in English even though everyone here speaks English.Chapter 3) French is like such a hard language.Chapter etc.) There’s some guy in Atlanta who wears skinny jeans below his bony arse, and she likes him soooooo much, but he doesn’t like her, and he screwed her best friend instead.Almost immediately after landing in Paris and commencing to wallow, Anna “falls in love” with literally the first male she encounters, mainly because of his hair, which I imagine looks something like this:If that weren’t enough, this irresistible man-creature of Anna's dreams also has an English accent, speaks French (omg omg omg), and is approximately five feet tall. Unfortunately though, he’s craven, and Anna’s a moron, so they spend the rest of the book awkwardly not touching each other’s genitals. Ah, the plights of the teenager... Seriously though, this book is cute, and unintentionally funny, and will make you feel well disposed towards the world. The GoodExcellent description of culture shock on return to America.The BadThe characters are adorable, but ultimately retarded. The UglySo much teen angst, so much crying, so much drama.

  • Lily C
    2018-12-03 21:52

    No thanks..Watch my full review here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM4zG...

  • Zoë
    2018-12-07 21:46

    Update after reading this book for the THIRD time:Etienne. ETIENNE. The boy of my dreams (well...second place after Will Herondale, but still, that's a high honor). Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite YA contemporary writers as she has this way of writing books (which really sound SO cheesy plot and title-wise) that leaves you in a puddle of happy tears and hormones after the last page. This book has an inexplicable quality that even after reading the book multiple times, I can fall in love with the characters again and again and it feels like the first time.---The best romance book I've ever read! This read is not only completely and utterly adorable, it is incredibly relatable and witty. I love how Stephanie Perkins wrote each character and how all of the characters will tie together in her three books. I can't wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After to come out!

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-11-17 21:56

    **5 BRILLIANT STARS**One lovely word: ÉtienneSweet sweet sweet.I might just have fallen in love.This story equals exactly: Friday night + rain outside + chick flick + Skittles + chocolate + popcorn + comfortable couch + lovely boyfriend/friends. HEAVEN.10 Things You’ll Find:1- A main character that has personality2- A swoon-worthy love interest3- Some beautiful friendly relationships4- Secondary characters that are truly unforgettable5- A setting you won’t resist (it’s Paris, guys, PARIS!)6- A plot that doesn’t lack of originality7- Lovely humour that makes a delightful atmosphere8- A more than pleasant writing style that doesn’t do repetition9- No moment of boredom!10- A new favourite series to fangirl over…Such a relaxing and absolutely worth reading story. I’m very picky with my contemporaries, since I had so many bad experiences and try to learn from them and avoid subjects I don’t feel comfortable reading about such as raping, cheating, polygamy, etc. (Those were only examples, doesn’t mean the story contains all of them.) That’s why I waited so much before reading this. That, and the negative reviews.I first discovered it last year and heard that there is cheating in the story which made me wince a little. A lot, actually. At first, I didn’t want to even slightly touch it. But, at the same time, people cheating on others happens frequently in our society so, not tolerating those kind of situations in my reads made me realize that I get quite limited on books I ‘can’ read. So I got passed that. To be honest, the cheating in this book did not bother me that much because 1) it was realistic, 2) the guy was a dick and 3) means the girl concerned was then free of the guy in question! Of course, it isn’t pretty but it’s not that dramatic or taking many many pages.Except for that cheating situation I was referring to above, it’s really the kind of read that will make you smile and smile and smile some more, but also feel concerned when necessary because, even though it’s light overall, there are some scenes here and there that are more serious and sad, but not unbearably sad.Another thing that I really appreciated was the fact that I actually learned new information about authors especially. For example, I had no idea the author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, died in a plane crash! How awful but pertinent information to learn, in my opinion. (Anything concerning authors of classics is pertinent to my eyes.)Very recommended, especially to every YA contemporary romance fan out there. You may also enjoy Wish You Were Italian.Bonne lecture!Art source.

  • Cory
    2018-12-10 18:55

    Edited to Add a Disgruntled Reader's Reply at the Bottom. Apparently, I don't know how to write reviews.The best thing about this book? The end.I don't read chick-lit. In fact, I avoid it like the plague. But this book received rave reviews from every single person on my friendlist. So I thought, hey, why not? Maybe this won't be like the formulaic Mary Kate and Ashley movies my teachers made me watch in first grade. Maybe Anna will be smart and witty. And maybe Etienne will be awesome. I'm too optimistic. Like The Duff, this book suffers from wish fulfillment: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php...Please don't tell me this book is realistic. I beg to differ. It's a fantasy. And there's nothing wrong with that, except when the protagonist is a self righteous, hypocritical bitch. I've never been able to relate to rich annoying white girls, which is rather strange, considering that 40% of my K-12 experience was spent with them. I can relate to wizards, dragon riders, and thieves, but not this special brand of Mary Sue. She's a combination of a Relationship Sue, a Black Hole Sue, and she's something of an Anti-Sue.http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php...http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php...http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php...Anna also has an extreme case of dickmatization. I love that word. If you're reading, thank you for introducing it to me Princess.Dickmatized: When a girl can not concentrate on anything else because she is distracted with the DICK of her latest piece of ass. Her work is jeopardized, she's a sell out to her girlfriends, she picks up his shit including his kids or whatever. She will do whatever it takes for the DICK. Even if the dick isn't all that great, she doesn't know the difference because she is dickmatized.If we take Anna out of the equation, this could be a decent book. But as it stands, I can't bother to care about her petty melodramatic woes. Don't get me wrong, the supporting cast wasn't bad, though they were carbon copies of every single cast from every other teen romantic comedy. The author takes potshots at Nicholas Sparks for using cancer as a plot device, but she does the same thing. If anything, at least Sparks is a little original. He uses a different disease every single time. It seems like Perkins watched a few Disney specials and decided to write a book staring Hillary Duff, Ashley Olsen, Mary Kate Olsen, a quirky original heroine. And, judging by the positive reviews, she succeeded. Well, if Stephenie Meyer doesn't get you, Stephanie Perkins will. Anna is kind of like Miles Halter, from Looking for Alaska. But Miles actually fits in with his group. Anna is like a fanfiction writer's brilliant, but failed attempt, at creating an OC. She attracts the attention of almost all the guys in the book, sans three -- her brother, her ex boyfriend, and Josh, the boyfriend of her "friend". She's beautiful and her arch-enemy is the evil, "slutty", rat faced Amanda. She's a complete rip-off of Lauren from, How to Be Popular. And, coincidentally, Anna attracts the attention of Etienne St. Clair, the hottest guy in school. When he walks past, girls gape. Right. This is me rolling my eyes. But wait, Etienne has a girlfriend: Ellie. Yup, Ellie is our contrived bullshit roadblock, the reason why our two fated lovers cannot be together.I'd like to write a bit about conflict. If your hero has a bitchy girlfriend and your MC is "supposedly" nice, he looks like an idiot when he stays with that girlfriend. For a love triangle to work, there must be a valid reason as to why the girl or guy is caught in the middle of two people. Demeaning one of the love interests is not only low, but it makes me think you were too afraid to write a real relationship that didn't revolve around cliches and tropes.It's rather humorous that every girl Anna dislikes is evil and every guy she dislikes is either dirty, or a dick. Yet her friends and "true love" St. Clair himself, are clean, attractive, and ever so intelligent. This is bullshit. If this were a play, I'd call it Anna and the French Dick.Let's get acquainted with the rest of our cast. Ellie: St. Clair's girlfriend. She's plain and doesn't appreciate her friends which is why Anna is better than her. Bridgette: She's Anna's bestfriend. She also "steals" Anna's "boyfriend". Amanda: Blonde. Bitchy. Catty. "Slutty". Give me a fucking break. Meredith: Sporty, smart, in love with St. Clair. Amanda calls her a dyke. I hated Anna for using her and abusing their friendship. Heads up. Do not abandon your friends for a guy. Especially when you know that your friend likes that guy. You are a bitch if you don't have the guts to talk to her and explain that the guy likes you, not her. Hmm... sounds like Anna's beef with Bridgette. Moving on. Anna: Judgmental. Hypocritical. Self righteous. Brunette. Yeah. She basically shits on everyone who doesn't agree with her, or who stands in the way of St. Clair's dick. Her quirk? She knows a lot of shit about old movies. It was contrived and I didn't get half of the movies she namedropped. John Green, you do it better. Josh: A mouthpiece for how awesome St. Clair is. According to him, when you flirt with two girls, even if you have a girlfriend, you're not leading them on.Etienne St. Clair: Resident Marty Stu. His mother is dying from cancer. His father is evil. Every guy in school wants to be him. Every girl wants to date him. Every guy he doesn't like is evil. And he's the most attractive guy in the world. Even the way he chews gives Anna an orgasm. It's pathetic. His only flaw? He's too much of a coward to dump his girlfriend. But, honestly, that's only for the convenience of the plot. Take Anna out of the picture, and I might have liked St. Clair if the author didn't use Josh as a mouthpiece for how awesome he is.David: A dick. He liked Anna.Toph: A dick. He liked Anna.Matt: Anna's ex. He's a slob.Rashmi: Our token PoC. She has no relevance to the plot other than to be our shipper on deck. In another story, I would've liked her. In this book, she's only there to make Anna feel better than Ellie. Not only does Perkins fail to wrap up Anna's conflict with her parents -- something even Kody Keplinger, who's debut was like a mash-up of All American Girl and Perfect You, managed to do -- but she also delivered two very special messages in the last fifty pages. We get some bullshit "slut shaming is wrong" message, though Anna spent 300pgs whining about how unfair her life was when Ellie, that plain girl, was sleeping with St. Clair, and in the first 50pgs, she made a remark about Amanda's cleavage. Then we get two paragraphs of "gay is okay". I know that making fun of gay people is wrong. And I know that slut shaming is wrong. I don't need you, Perkins, to step on your soapbox and convince me that Anna is a beautiful PC person like PC Cast does with Zoey Redbird.Never again will I fall prey to the hype. Granted, this is romantic fluff, but that's no excuse. The writing was decent, but give me Sara Zarr, Sarah Dessen, or Elizabeth Scott over Stephanie Perkins. Hell, I'd rather read the entire Twilight Saga than read this again.In case you couldn't tell, I didn't like this book. 1.5 stars. Date Comment Deleted: 12/4/11Commentator: V. Arrow (aimmyarrowshigh)Reason: Apparently, I don't know how to write a valid criticism of a contemporary romance.Comment: If you have never taken a class on media criticism -- and I'd venture that you haven't -- the first rule of critique is that you should judge within the same genre and for its intent and purpose. The genre of this book is YA contemp romance. Does it fulfill a romantic plotline without straying into age-inappropriate issues? Yes. It fulfills the genre criteria. The main audience of YA contemp romance: middle-class and upper-middle class English-speaking girls between 14-54. Does this book cohesively create a fictional construct that would reflect and be recognizable in their world? Yes. There is nothing wrong with a book about "first world problems" when the purpose and intent of the book is to be a romance for teenagers. Insofar as actual criticism, Anna and the French Kiss is tantamount to being a perfect example of its genre and fulfilling the purpose for its audience. So again the question begs: if you knew you would not like it, and did not know how to adequately and maturely review it after choosing to read something you were predisposed to disliking, why bother? My reply: I write contemporary romance. I write romcoms. I think I know a little about the common tropes found in the genre. I've read almost every popular romcom script and written lengthy reviews for several popular bromances. I was actually going to major in Film before I realized my university only offered media arts, at which point I decided to choose Architecture. I'd wager that V. needs to do a little bit more research on me before she decides to comment on my reviews. Regardless of the genre, a novel shouldn't make use of old boring tropes without trying to apply any sort of originality to them. This read like a re-hash of every single bad teen movie I've ever seen. And, frankly, that's tiring. Even worse? It adds nothing new to the genre. Now, romcoms are very formulaic, but that's no excuse. (500) Days of Summer was a success because it added an extra dimension to Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl Back.Now, instead of getting upset at my criticism, I suggest that if V. wants to comment here again, she looks at the points I made and tries to debate those instead of getting in a huff over a book she rated five stars receiving negative criticism. Because, really, telling me that I don't know how to review is rather dim when she doesn't know how to have a proper debate. By the way, all of the books I referenced in this review are vastly superior contemporary romances. Also, I will never understand the "if you don't like it, don't read it argument," as I'm not a mind reader. I've read books and scripts I didn't expect to like (Legally Blonde) and I came away thoroughly impressed. So, no, that argument is not valid.

  • Emily May
    2018-12-05 22:11

    This is one of the cutest feel-good teen romances I have ever read. It has a bit of everything that you want... humour, a likeable protagonist and a completely swoon-worthy guy called Etienne St. Clair. You could fall in love with the name alone, even without the fact that he's sweet, kind, honest and nothing at all like any of the English boys I grew up with. It's a very cute book, a very nice book, neither is a bad thing but if I start mentioning words like 'cute' and 'nice' in a review you can guarantee two things: a) I liked it. b) It's not a 5 star novel.I do understand completely why people love it, but it was nothing new or unusual and didn't take me to new places emotionally or intellectually. I'm not trying to discourage people from reading it, in fact I would greatly stress that it is a delightful experience, very very pleasant to read and never challenging or mind-boggling at all. I spent my entire Sunday completely submerged in it's sweet romantic pages and could have sighed with contentment at the end. There are problems during the novel but everything works out, everyone's happy and no one dies. It's the exact opposite of the novels Anna's dad writes.Anna is a simple average teenage girl who finds herself shipped off to an American boarding school in Paris; despite the trip to France, most female readers will relate to Anna... all she really wants at this point in her life is to hang out with friends, kiss a hot boy and get asked to prom (and eventually go to college). It's hard to define exactly what it is I love about Anna, but I understood her and recognised a lot of what she felt from my own experiences during high school. Though I like characters that are new and different, Anna's familiarity made her all the more relatable and likeable.Also, Etienne St Clair is damn sexy! Even though I'm immune to the English accent thing because I live here, (with the exception of Spike in Buffy) I completely fell for the guy. It's so so nice and refreshing to have a male love interest who isn't a douche - I've missed that. And Etienne is adorable, he even blushes! So maybe he happens to be a little unrealistic... But if you want honest depictions of the teenage male, you can read some Melina Marchetta, which I would highly recommend that you do. But this novel wasn't about honesty, it was about enjoyment. I get that and I appreciate it. Thank you Ms Perkins for such a lovable read!Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  • Arlene
    2018-11-15 00:04

    GOD! I’m giddy... I’m actually giddy after reading this book! Oh and I’m officially a Nook hugger. This book made me a chronic giddy Nook hugger. What a hot mess! But so what I ♥ it. Jolly good book indeed!Anna and the French Kiss is an absolute hit. It immediately takes top rank in my fave YA romance, chicky-type lit reads and there is absolutely no doubt I’ll be reading this book every year over and over again. The blokes and blokettes are loveable, the storyline is perfect, and the light romance is a thing of shear beauty. I could go on an on about how much this book made me feel light hearted and happy… just plain ole happy, but you’re just going to have to experience it for yourself. In this book, Anna is shipped off to SOAP, School of America in Paris by her Nicholas Sparky-type author dad; and she’s absoltuely homesick, lost and insecure as she doesn’t speak a lick of French. Along comes the best crew of characters and not only befriend Anna, but drag her out of her dorm to experience the city of Paris and all of its wonders. As the book progresses, Anna and St. Clair develop a lovey type friendship that they eventually must acknowledge, but not without some messy sitches along the way. My favorite scenes in the book: Anna and St. Clair’s tour of the city, their Turkey dinner in Paris, yelling down the halls and stairwell during the holiday, sleepovers, multiple trips to the cinema, the flight home, the emails back and forth, the New Year’s telephone call, Whyareyougivingawaythecookies?, the banana bead, Pablo Neruda poetry book... I love Neruda! Gah! I could go on and on, so let’s just say I loved it all.St. Clair is absolute perfection, yummier than a fluffy croissant. Anna is adorably awesome and flawed, the type of girl that you’d love to pinch her cheeks and run like hell. Together, their story is full of enjoyable moments that reminded me how sporadically awesome it was to be a teenager. Loved it!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Do I recommend it?? Ummm bloody hell yeah!Thanks to the Street Corner Bookers for finding this book and adding it to our read and rant! After a string of no hits, we’ve found our stride. XDFavorite Quotes"So what do I wish for? Something I'm not sure I want? Someone I'm not sure I need? Or someone I know I can't have?" "Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?" "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." "Boys turns girls into such idiots." Alternate book covers

  • Caitlin
    2018-11-19 18:59

    So, Anna is forced to go to boarding school in Paris (I know! Poor chica!) and she crushes on a guy who already has a girlfriend. They flirt and obsess over each other while he is still dating the other girl. To add icing to Anna’s miserable cake, she is then forced to get mad at her friend who does something despicable: her friend dates a boy that Anna thought liked her instead. Life is just not fair. I gave this book one star because:1) Anna is a whiny hypocrite who has very different ideas about who she’s allowed to date/kiss and who everyone else is allowed to date/kiss. It’s simple: she can kiss and flirt with anyone even if they have a girlfriend (or she has a boyfriend); no one else can do the same. 2) Also, the girl is in France and is a huge film fanatic. Yet all she does is watch a bunch of American movies. In France. Because we all know French cinema has nothing at all to offer a film-critic wannabe. 3) St. Clair is the worst kind of jerk: the kind of jerk who is under the misapprehension that he is actually a nice guy. And everyone else is under that impression as well.4) The book is written in present tense which is weird, especially for such a generic storyline. 5) The book is boring. I can’t even make myself hate it. In a couple of days, when I get over the time I wasted in reading it, I will probably forget about it altogether.

  • Kiki
    2018-11-18 18:51

    What I like about Stephanie Perkins is that her books are fluffy, and they're okay with that: there's no heavy message attached to this as the author attempts to shove an after-school special down our throats. I didn't like that when I was a teenager, and I don't like it now. Sometimes I feel like that's my real problem with contemporary novels - that they want desperately to be didactic in the way that dystopia or high fantasy is but their settings are too literal to pull it off properly. But Stephanie Perkins is cool, subtle; she holds back, relaxes, and lets the story speak for itself. She trusts her readers. I like that.Anna and the French Kiss was a strange read for me in that I'm not a contemporary fan and nor am I overly enamoured of romance, mostly because I find 85% of it to be terribly unconvincing. I'm not an overly romantic person at heart thus your story of this average straight couple who meet in the rain and face menial trials because ~one of them doesn't believe in love~ won't tickle my fancy. I expect a little more.I expect what Stephanie Perkins gave us: a beautiful setting, atypical characters, smooth writing and a satisfying final payoff. We see Etienne and Anna get together because that's what we've been waiting for, and Perkins made us wait for it. She knew we'd love this couple, because she knew the story she was telling had enough meat to make us care. Anna is a rich kid, but she wasn't always; she's rash and sometimes selfish, but she's a girl in love for the first time. Oftentimes I worry that adult readers who are harshly judging female leads forget that these female leads are teenagers, and when we were teenagers, we all felt like a zit or a laughing-peeing incident was the end of the world. It wasn't, but being a teenager is hard; being in that transitional phase puts enormous pressure on us as human beings. Perkins captures this well. I remember being thrilled when I was sixteen and realizing that yes, writing was something people did, and something I could do - it wasn't that I'd had success, but simply having something be certain in the waffling, uncomfortable abyss of adolescence. It was relief to me to find that I could braid my hair and wear makeup and have it look good, after struggling so hard with uncertain feelings about whether my friends really liked me or how good my grades were, whether people noticed the holes in my clothes that I couldn't afford to replace, how I fit in my broken family, how I'd ever have enough money to strike out on my own, what my face looked like, what my puberty-ravaged body looked like, my sexuality, my plans for the future, where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. Perkins grabs hold of teenage waffling and pulls the covers off it, and she makes it romantic, yet finite. Things sometimes suck, she says, but they do get better.I've seen a few heads shaking at the cheating aspect of this book, and I'd like to share with you a very unpopular opinion: cheating happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that the fuckwad you're dating is too cowardly to admit that they're not ready for commitment. Sometimes it's because the existing couple is incompatible, thus one or both of them looks elsewhere. Sometimes it's because you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette. Cheating isn't okay; it's not justifiable. But cheating, like Cheez-whiz and Nickleback, has its unsavoury reasoning. This book, like a good series opener should, saw me clamouring to get my hands on its sequels. And I did get my hands on them; I've read them both. This is the essence of Perkins' readable, deft writing: it's moreish and addictive, easy but not simplistic. There's skill there, and it encompasses a wide audience, from teens to nostalgic adults. I, an adult*, wasn't ashamed to be seen reading this book on the terrace. (That might, though, be in part due to the beautiful and subtle covers of the UK paperbacks. That is how you create a book cover, art teams! Subtly!)What else can I say? Stephanie Perkins rocks, and so does her writing, and her colourful cast of characters. Five stars well deserved.*My labelling myself an 'adult' is based on age only. I am a strange vapour of a human being with a low D- in adulting. I'm really good at public transport and packing my shit into boxes but sometimes I forget how to make phone calls.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2018-12-02 19:08

    How have I never read this before now?!?! That was quite possibly the cutest book ever. The title, description, and hype made me shove it to the back of my bookshelf for years, which I'm now totally regretting. It feels kind of pointless to do some detailed review when this is one of the most popular YA books aaaand I'm like the last person to get to it... so let me just join in on the enthusiasm.The writing was so strong that everyone totally seemed real. I'm seriously so sad that book is over! It's just a happy, feel-good read that still felt like it operated in reality. I totally loved Anna's character and how she was so relatable, flawed, and hilarious at times. Her narration was really easy to read. It kind of reminded me of Elle Woods at time? (That is a huge compliment). And pretty sure being sent to a French boarding school is the ultimate dream! I could seriously picture most of the places around her school in Paris.I loved St. Clair and then I didn't... and then I didn't really care if I didn't. I usually cannot stand when someone is in a relationship and likes someone else, yet stays in the old relationship to be safe. And then they're all "oh I've loved you for so long etc." But I was so into the story that that aspect didn't even annoy me this time.But back to the PARIS. BRITISH BOYS. FRENCH FOOD. CINEMA. BOARDING SCHOOL. Everything I would have loved in a high school. This was just the perfect YA contemporary and everything was so happy. Some of my extreme enthusiasm waned towards the end, but this is still 5 stars.

  • Miranda
    2018-11-20 20:16

    I’m going to be right up front and honest: I really, really, really did not like this book. Before I get into why I’m going to start off with the parts I did like. This won’t take long because there aren’t many. Perkins is definitely a talented writer as far as the technical stuff goes. Her prose flows nicely, Anna has a distinct voice (the only distinct voice in the novel, sadly), and not once did her writing feel strained or forced. She’s actually good, which is why my intense dislike of this book is disappointing. There was also a scene in the novel between Anna and her little brother Seany that made me smile because it was sweet and touching and realistic, and a few jokes here and there that made me laugh. But otherwise a lot of my feelings towards Anna and the French Kiss consist of intense dislike... okay I’ll be honest, more like actual hate. There were several times when I honestly had to put the book down and walk away for a while because I was getting so angry.I don’t generally have a problem with books or movies that concern themselves solely with how the main characters get together. I find that the key to getting me interested in giving me good characters who work wonderfully together and level each other out. But I have to actually like the characters and their type of relationship if I’m going to spend a few hours reading their journey together. I did not like Anna and St. Clair’s relationship, and you can pretty much blame St. Clair for that.St. Clair, or Étienne, is pretty much a jerk. He’s not intended to come across that way--in fact he’s written to be the most perfect boyfriend a girl or guy could ever ask for. For most of the novel he comes across as too perfect, actually. Until we get to the reason why he and Anna can’t get together for most of the novel: He won’t break up with his current girlfriend, Ellie. Even though it’s extremely obvious to everyone, probably even Ellie herself, that he’s no longer in love with her, he won’t call it off. He would rather be miserable with her than initiate a change in his life, since it’s stated in the book that he’s afraid of change. I’m sorry but that’s the worst thing to do to a person. It’s disrespectful, to put it quite frankly, and it’s wrong to treat a person you supposedly loved at some point like that. For much of the book, while Anna was hating on Ellie (which I’ll get to in a moment, oh will I ever), I just kept thinking “Just wait, Anna. If he’s doing this to Ellie, he’ll do it to you one day.” As one would expect, that kind of put a huge damper on the whole romantic storyline. The plot line with Ellie just felt like a very weak, very convenient way to keep Étienne and Anna from getting together too fast. So given my intense dislike for Étienne, the book was already kind of doomed for me. After all, I have to like the other half of the couple if I’m going to be invested in a romance novel.But I could handle disliking Étienne if the rest of the book could make up for his jerkitude. Unfortunately there was more that irritated me than just Étienne.The secondary characters were pretty much just that. They came in and said stuff when the plot needed it (this is especially apparent in Meredith’s case) and then left so the book could focus on Anna and Étienne again. In the case of Meredith, Anna’s first new friend when she arrives in Paris, she’s in love with Étienne as well. I was hopeful that Meredith and Anna could settle things peacefully, or Meredith would admit her feelings to Étienne and then back off to let him decide who he wanted to be with. But no, of course Meredith takes it out on Anna instead of being cross with Étienne that he never discouraged her or made it plain that he wasn’t interested in being anything other than friends. Every time Anna and Étienne are remotely romantic with each other in front of their group of friends, Meredith gets jealous and pouty. These are pretty much the only times she’s present so it stands out. Then of course there’s Ellie, who meets Anna once and seems to like her okay. But then when Étienne is asking for Anna when he’s drunk, Ellie gets jealous and hateful towards Anna. Of course. Because we can’t have just one girl being all possessive and jealous to another girl over a guy; no, we have to have two! At one point Anna actually imagines causing Ellie bodily harm, when she should be angry with Étienne for stringing Ellie and her along for close to a year. Then there’s the stereotypical “slutty,” “bitchy,” rich popular girl Amanda who dislikes Anna on sight because Étienne is paying more attention to Anna than her. I don’t think it’s a mere coincidence, either, that “slutty” is used often in conjunction with Ellie and Amanda. Ellie dresses up as a slutty nurse for Halloween, Amanda is mentioned to have revealing clothing on most of the time. Anna, it’s mentioned, is still a virgin. I don’t think I’m wrong in believing the comparisons were deliberate there.I’m sorry but can we put these tropes/cliches to bed, already? I am tired of seeing girls fighting each other for a guy, especially a jerk like Étienne. It reinforces so, so many unpleasant stereotypes about women, and it teaches us that we should fight instead of supporting each other, while the guy gets away with bad behaviour, and I’m just sick of it. Yes, eventually Anna does stand up for Meredith against Amanda, but by that point it was too little, too late. I wish I could have liked Anna and the French Kiss more than I did. I suppose it’s a good thing it made me feel something, even if that something was intense hatred for all the cliches and offensive stereotypes the novel used. Despite the fact that I was not impressed with this novel, I’d be interested in seeing what else Perkins has to offer due to her talented writing. I can only hope she creates better, more sympathetic characters for her next novel, and doesn’t reinforce so many unpleasant stereotypes about women and romance.

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    2018-12-03 20:02

    Anna and the French Kiss: certified #1 cure for your woes. (Drake, that goes out to you.)“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”So I started off with this as soon as I was done with Colleen Hoover's Hopeless, if only due to sheer boredom + a lack of wifi + because I'd been putting it off for too many months now. Funny thing is I had tremendous expectations for the former and barely any for this one.But oh, look how the tables have turned.Lord knows what took me so long to finally get to reading this because I was instantly hooked. You know how they say the pages seemed to be flipping themselves? This is one of those books. Before I knew it, I was already halfway through with the sun's early rays starting to shine through the binds— that too without the help of my typical 'theme song' to pull me along! (Well, at least the first time round.) Now that's a big feat for me considering music serves to be my oxygen for when I'm drowning myself in books. The plot, the romance, the writing, the characters (oh man, the characters); they all aligned to make the most perfect combo in a rom-com if I've ever seen before.STEPHANIE PERKINS, I SO VERY MUCH LOVELOVELOVE YOU FOR WRITING THIS AND I CAN'T HELP BUT WANT MORE OF ANNA AND ÉTIENNE AND HOW DARN DIDDLY CUTE AND HEART-WARMING AND ADORABLE AND JUST–GOD ÉTIENNE ST CLAIR YOU PERFECT ENGLISH/FRENCH/AMERICAN BASTARD <3LOOK AT THAT JUST GORGEOUS I TELL YOU I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE SHORT AND HAVE FUNNY TEETH AND BITE YOUR FINGERS I LOVE YOU EVEN MORE FOR IT *SWOOOON*(Yes folks, only a Book Boyfriend™ can bring out such a psycho fangirl in me.)Now shoo, go experience the joys and fuzzies and feel-goodness that is this novel._____________________Book Song: Someday by Sugar Ray._____________________

  • Lyndsey
    2018-11-28 22:15

    The Hardcover is on sale for $6.80 with free shipping HERE!!Holy St Clair, hypothetical Batman!This book put me in a whole new state of consciousness. It put me in the life of Anna. It took me straight to Paris and I never looked back.When I get desperately into the groove of a book, I literally (okay, fine, figuratively) transform into a hermit crab.I curl up so tight in the shell of my blanket in that special nook carved out in my chair, so tight that everything else melts away. It's just me and the blanket and the book. Just me and my shell. The world blurs and every word on the page comes more into focus than anything around me. It is the ultimate escape. The ultimate getaway. However, I have to make sure that I have everything I might need somewhere close by, because if I can't reach it while I'm in my shell, then I don't get it.This is exactly the kind of book that I would consider peeing in a cup for (not that I did that or anything, just sayin'). It's really THAT addictive.The RundownThe synopsis of this book is fairly straight forward. Girl goes to boarding school in the City of Love and falls for a charming guy and he just so happens to be the last guy she should have fallen for. Dramarama and hilarity ensue.While this is a fairly PG or PG-13 book, the tension between the two main characters is palpable. I used to think that true tension, capable of thickening the air around you, required a book series to develop properly. I didn't think it could be done within a standalone book. I was so, so wrong.The WritingThis book is..... Cutesy. Everything Anna does and says is adorable. If that kind of thing bothers you, then it might not be for you. While I can often be Captain Sarcastic, I am also the cornball capital of America. So the cheese in this book didn't bother me at all.Really, it's a total cheesefest. Oh, and it's also very ANGSTY with a capital everything. But in the best way.This woman completely nails EVERY aspect of having a teenage crush. How the littlest detail can spark an intense puppy love. The awkwardness of being so close to someone you want to JUMP but can't. They way your heart races at the slightest touch, be it the brush of a hand or the nudge of a foot.Pretty much: she's amazing. I would read the Bible, Book of Mormon and the Quran all in one day if they were written by Stephanie Perkins.PS, Stephanie - Callipygian is my favorite new word.The CharactersDon't EVEN get me started on our love interest, Etienne St Clair. Sigh.But Anna, oh Anna. With your raisin-sized tooth gap and your skunk-striped hair. Wait a tic... Oh my GOD. I'm freaking out. Anna from Anna and the French Kiss is totally ROGUE. Wow.Let's see:The gap between the front teeth? Check.Brunette with a white streak? Check.Can't hook up with the guy she wants to hook up with? Check. Granted it's for different reasons than the fact that she might kill him. Still.And guess what the name of the actress who plays Rogue is. That's right. AN-freaking-NA! Rogue is played by Anna Paquin! Holy shiz!! What a coinkydink. (Woooohoooo my autopredict knows the word coinkydink. That's a hell of an accomplishment right there.)The VerdictThis is one of those kinds of books, one that I can groove with. I grooved so hard with this book that at some point near the middle, for a split second, I actually considered calling my poor poor better-half on his cell phone and asking him to bring me a glass of water, even though I knew he was asleep in the other room. I KNOW!! But I only considered it for a teeny tiny split second and then thought "Damn, this book is making me crazy."To be honest, I hadn't had that experience in a loooooong time. I hadn't felt this in way too long. By "this", I mean that desperate need to consume every inch of a book in one sitting. Your eyes blink with sleep, but you will not let them close. You can't imagine being in a state of NOT reading the book. You inhale it feverishly like a starved animal, and when it's over, you can't believe it. Full and content with happiness yet you still crave more, even though there isn't any.So, let's see now... It's an entirely addictive romance in Paris starring a non-celibate Rogue and a hot guy with a British accent. Do you really need me to say it? FIVER.

  • Kai
    2018-12-03 18:55

    “French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.”I enjoyed this novel a lot. It's funny, it's sweet and above all it's Paris! I love Paris. Very much.I read Lola and the Boy next Door first - I was in Paris, found it in a second hand bookshop for 2€ and didn't have anything else to read.I have to say that Anna and the French Kiss is a million times better. Lola mostly annoyed me, but I loved the characters around her. Anna, however, was great. Yes, she does have her fair share of self-centeredness and emotional escapades. The drama, the slamming-doors-in-faces, the I-love-you-I-hate-you was not really that necessary. At least not so much of it. But I was so in love with this story, the characters and Paris, that it all made up for it.This is definitely my favourite book in the trilogy.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Tatiana
    2018-11-21 20:01

    If you are looking for a feel-good chick-lit to read by your Christmas tree, Anna and the French Kiss is a book for you. This novel is as chick-y a lit as it gets.Anna is sent to Paris to spend her senior year at a boarding school. Of course she doesn't want to go - her life, her best friend, her potential boyfriend, her little brother and mom are in Atlanta. But Anna doesn't sulk for long, she quickly meets new friends and this one totally hot and totally unavailable boy Etienne St. Clair. Oh my, what will happen next?;o)Anna and the French Kiss doesn't break any new ground, doesn't provide insight into anything of importance, it doesn't strive to be realistic or profound, it doesn't even attempt to portray France in any non-cliche way! I can find a hundred flaws with it. But I don't want to. This novel is light, clean, funny (I especially enjoyed Anna's father, who I imagine to be just like Nicholas Sparks with his books where someone always dies in the end), cute and sweet, with likable characters and a measured amount of teen angst. It is a quick and engaging read and a perfect holiday story. Anna and the French Kiss will never make it to my shelf of favorites, but I will probably read Stephanie Perkins's next novel if it comes out around the same time next year and is equally cute and inoffensive. P.S. Why, in every YA romance, the two love interests always end up sleeping together in the same bed, but of course in a chaste way? P.P.S. Etienne is an uber-sexy name, is it not?

  • Ariana
    2018-12-06 00:01

    'Oh heavens'... this book was hilarious!!I loved reading it (twice) and I would read it again simply because it is too cute for words!It reminded me of myself in high school, and it really felt natural, real.. I can't even tell you what an amazing pleasure reading this book was. And it's so, so funny, my face hurts from so much laughing ;))I loved the characters (all of them!), I loved the dialogue (I just could picture those people in front of me talking, and laughing, and teasing, and fighting and all.. it felt so natural), I liked the relation between Anna and Étienne (and gosh, even reading his lines I could 'hear' his british accent) with all the ups and downs, I loved all the conversations between them (including email/phone), all the moments when they were alone... and the ending was really sweet and it made me happy.Also I liked the fact that (in this book) friends where there for a reason (not just for us to know that the characters are popular, or not so alone), and they were hurt when left behind, and they made mistakes but had the strength to say they were sorry.. I know that I said this before but it really felt real, like a real story about real teenagers with their problems and their falling in love.. And Anna had such a great 'voice' I loved to 'hear'. She was funny with all her sarcastic attitude, and I enjoyed her story laughing and hoping that everything would end in a good way. Even if her main interest was a boy, this wasn't presented in an annoying way. She was very critical about her attitude, about her feelings, and she knew when she was wrong but she couldn't help it, and this made me like her more.. because girls are like that sometimes, I was like that..The only problem I have with this book is the title (how can I go telling people that i love a book named 'Anna and.. the french kiss'?! They didn't even kiss that much anyways, LOL, it's king of embarrassing for a favorite book title, at least at my age).. I know, before I almost didn't read a good book because of the cover and now the title made me think twice, but well, I am glad I read all those good reviews and changed my mind, because it's definitely worth it.. I will keep an eye on this author, because this was just my type of read.. sweet and fun :)Also: Check my first book boyfriend: Etienne Saint ClaireHappy Midnight Reading!This review can be found at ReadingAfterMidnight.com____________________________________________Blog (EN) | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog (RO)____________________________________________

  • Brian Yahn
    2018-11-28 23:11

    I'm not a fan of romance, but that didn't stop me from loving All the Bright Places, The Fault in Our Stars, or I'll Give You the Sun. The thing about those books is, they're really about death, more death, and family respectively. Romance is just a small part of the story. Anna and the French Kiss, on the other hand, doesn't have much else going for it, but somehow it works in the beginning. Your first impression of Anna is that she's this clever tour guide to Paris, France. She wittily introduces herself, and then in only a few pages meets her own personal Mr. Perfect. Even though it's cliche--their interactions together are beyond cute, they're excellently written by Stephanie Perkins. By the mid point, you start thinking maybe a story purely about romance could work, I mean how couldn't you, when your heart is stopping with Anna's as she anxiously waits for Etienne to make a first move. But then Etienne's life takes a drastic change, some MAJOR family issues arise, and the way Anna handles the situation (like an obnoxious self-centered basic teen brat) makes you question why you ever cared about her in the first place. Especially by the end, when she's sadistically gaining pleasure by making her love interest suffer. How is a reader supposed to root for that??Not only does Anna and the French Kiss tumble to an awkward and ridiculous finish with back-to-back first fights, but it spreads a pretty unhealthy idea of how a relationship works. No matter how fun some of parts are, no matter how good the writing is at times, no matter how swoon-worthy the love interest is, I just can't.

  • Kat Kennedy
    2018-11-19 22:05

    4.5 stars. This is one of those books that you finish with a big, satisfying, "Awwwwwwwwwwww!"

  • Jo
    2018-11-29 19:53

    Note: Apologies that I have no accents on my Frenchie vowels... my laptop was having a mare. You get the gist. "Girl Scouts didn’t teach me what to do with emotionally unstable boys." Initial Final Page Thoughts.Urgh, fine. Whatever. I’ll admit it. I swooned… a little. Can we move on?!High Points.Anna. Etienne. Paris. Boarding school. Swoon. Clomping boots. Convenient breezes. Canadian flags. Shakespeare & Company (I have a book from there!) One of the sweetest scenes set in Pere Lachaise ( First, obviously. Sewell reference. BOOM.)Chocolat Chaud. Fisticuffs. Notre Dame. Airplanes. Girl Scout cookies. Chocolate moustaches. Dancing on desks. E-mails and New Year’s Eve. Poetry. Briticisms. Victor’s victor. Low Points.See bit about Heroine.See Boy/Girl Angst Scale.Also… how else do you pronounce ‘directions’? I get the banana/banarna (Thanks Death Proof!)… but directions?! *pouts*. OH and another thing. I did not go from Year 7 to Year 9 with a mouth full of metal to still be stuck with the whole ‘British have bad teeth’ stereotype! NOT EVERYONE IN BRITAIN HAS GNASHERS LIKE SHANE MACGOWAN. So, I do not care for Etienne’s crooked teeth. There… I said it.*grumbles*Heroine.Aww, Anna. You made me giggle and I loved that you were realistically flawed. You were anal and neurotic and you said the wrong things at the wrong timeand you dance like a ho when you’re drunk. I also loved that you had Rogue hair, which I’m going to pretend was intentional so extra Brownie Points for you. English accents being your kryptonite aside, I really liked you and I would totally go to the cinema with you and talk about films with you and judge you when you ogled a vertically challenged boy when Clark frickin’ Gable is on the screen.And….OK. I don’t mean this to turn into a rant, but it probably will. Anna, mate, you’re a film fan. A film fan.A fan of the cinema.CINEMA.The word alone should give it away.How did you not know that Paris is cinematically inclined?!The French practically invented cinema. Literally.I found it very difficult to believe that Anna could be a super film fan without ever stumbling on a French film that wasn’t Amelie (J’adore, by the way). Cahiers du Cinema? Godard? Truffant? Auteur theory? Bazin? Cocteau?Non? Get thee to Wikipedia, woman. But fret not, Anna, because I’ve dug out my countless essays on the French New Wave and my dissertation and they are on their way to you.ENJOY. Maybe I’m being harsh on Anna because I did enjoy the film chats and I agree, Sofia was robbed.Yes, I’m definitely being too harsh. You’ve been through a lot. You get shipped off to Paris, the city of lovers and French boys, and ending up lumbered with a short, English man who can’t handle his beer and vino instead of a tall, willowy French man who slinks like a gazelle when he walks who can sup wine all day and not vomit on your legs?Harsh. Speaking of short, English men who can’t handle their Strongbow beer…Love Interest.Hey Etienne.I’m going to call you Etienne because I feel like we’re at that stage in our friendship. I know, I know only Anna calls you Etienne but I don’t like calling people buy their second names because I just can’t pull it off. Some people sound cool when they do it… I sound like a complete and utter twat. Well… I’ll be honest with you, because you strike me as a guy who likes honesty, I couldn’t help but feeling short changed. I was expecting, with a name like Etienne St. Clair, that you would be this delicious hybrid of Gaspard Ulliel’s face and hair and Christophe Lemaitre’s height and adorable way of only speaking like a single word of English (and ability to run 100m under 10 seconds) with y’know… va va voom (said in Thierry Henri’s accent, obviously). Did I get it? Non. But as I got to know you a bit better I realised that you are a complete cutie, just not my kind of cutie.You’re a bit ridiculous (but I’ll go into this later) but your ridiculousness matched Anna’s ridiculousness which was nice. You’re understandably vulnerable. You’re clever. You like history. You can partake in fisticuffs. You like French punk rock. And you know your way around a romantic gesture, which is also lovely. The afraid of heights things bothered me, even though it was adorable, because sometimes a girl just wants to be taken up the Eiffel Tower without her beloved vomming over the side onto unsuspecting tourists. Is that too much to ask?Also, I'll be you some built up socks.Sorted. Best Friends.YES. I want to hang out with these guys all the time. Even though sometimes it would be teeeense because there is a lot of tension within this group.But also sweetness, reality and genuine caring for each other.And hot chocolates.Theme Tune.Keeping with the French theme..Sexy Boy by Air.No explanation needed really. Also…High School Lovers by Air."I'm a high school loverAnd you're my favourite flavour"From one of my favourite soundtracks ever.Sofia Coppola reference. Boom.Boy/Girl Angst Scale.10/10. Frick. Right… well. Up until about 60% the arrow to the Boy/Girl Angst Scale was teetering around 6/7… which was fine because the eye rolls matched the tummy flips. But then it all went into italics and CAPITAL LETTERS and a one way trip to Angst Town. I’m not going to go into it because spoilers lurk within but seriously… Anna. Come on, girl. Don’t make me get the hose. “I love that the accent over his first name is called an acute accent, and that he has a cute accent.”*bites tongue*Also, there were faaaaaar too many people in love with the main characters and faaaaar too many people the main characters were in love with. Sometimes, I just want to read a book about a girl fancying a boy and a boy fancying a girl without unnecessary faff.Sadness Scale.4/10. There were a few genuine ‘Ohhh sadface’ moments. Especially concerning Etienne. But other than that, I think you’ll be OK with this one.Unless you find the fact that Americans think Girl Scout cookies are a suitable alternative to birthday cake distressing.Which I really do. I mean I recently had my first GS cookie experience (Thanks Flann!) and my reaction was pretty much exactly like Etiennes (Rolling around on the floor and whimpering because they were so good) but… nothing will ever beat birthday cake and the inevitable eating it for breakfast the next morning. Which I.. um, never do. Recommended For.People who like to switch off their brains, crawl into bed and read a hilarious and sweet contemporary book. Romantics. People who love Paris. People who love the cinema. People who don’t mind shorties. People who would quite happily live on delicious French bready treats for ever. People who can’t resist the English accent. People who have ever wanted to be sent off to a European boarding school for a year. People who have the urge to dance when they realise there is no one in the building. People who think that sideburns are lame. People who think that Robin flew away and did not lay an egg. People who pronounce directions properly. People who always have and always will wish on eyelashes.You can find this review and other exciting things on my blog here.

  • Ariel
    2018-11-29 22:03

    *** First finished January 6th, 2012Like everyone says, this is the epitome of YA Romance. It is ADORABLE.Although I absolutely loved the romance, my favourite part of the book was the setting. I don't know about you, but I haven't heard that much about Paris. Obviously I know about the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, and how it's supposed to be the most Romantic City on earth, but really, I didn't have that great a mental picture in my mind. After reading this book though, I NEED to visit Paris. The way it was described, the imagery, everything was so good !This was a really nice read and a perfect way to end my Christmas Vacation.I will definitely be getting the companion novel, Lola and the Boy Newt Door.*** Update January 16th, 2013Yaaaaaaaay I love this book! I'm really happy that I started the year with this book, it makes me happy.My favourite thing was still Paris.. I dont read enough books where the setting is so well done. I also loved Étienne. I'll admit that. I want him.

  • Taneika
    2018-11-11 22:55

    More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages!EDIT: This review was originally published on Sep 1st 2011 and I have since discovered I do infact enjoy contemporary novels (funny that), although this was my FIRST EVER contemporary YA book and reading back, my review sounds a bit weird tbh. Oh well.ORIGINAL REVIEW:As you may have noticed, I'm not a huge fan of contemporary fiction, ESPECIALLY contemporary romance... Oh boy, turns out I was wrong that not ALL contemporary is mind-numbingly boring. Anna and the French Kiss had me me in fits of laughter on every page and from the moment that 'Hogwarts' was mentioned, I was in love!Anna Oliphant is sent to go to school in Paris by her father against her wishes. Anna can't speak French, she doesn't want to leave her friends and family behind but once she arrives, she soon makes friends and meets Etienne St. Clair *swoons*.Reading about Anna was like reading about myself when I was 16 *what was I THINKING?* and I found I could really relate to her, particularly because of the way she would think and what she would go through with her friends and guys. The thing I loved most about Anna is that she didn't immedietely go "OMG I LOVE HIM", it took the entire novel to realise that she loved Etienne. First, she just thinks he's hot and has a hot accent, which I agree with because English accents are AWESOME. Then they become best friends, they then like eachother and then they realise they love eachother. Anna and the French Kiss is easily the best couple I've seen in YA. They had chemistry, as in real, make-your-heart-race chemistry. I loved Anna, she was smart, funny, sarcastic, confused and flawed (she has gap-teeth, how often do you come across that in YA?)... I wish I could meet Anna, I love her, but I love her boyfriend too :S...Etienne, ahhh Etienne... Etienne.Oh I loved him! He was funny, he was hot, he was caring, sweet, short (if he was real, this wouldn't be a problem, I'm 5'3"), had issues, got drunk, got angry, got upset.... I could go on and on about how great Etienne is but you wouldn't know unless you read the book (which, I know it took me a year to read this. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME)The secondary characters were not just there for shits and giggles, they had a purpose, they had their own stories and they were real. They swore, they argued, they laughed, they partied, they were typical teenagers!This is probably the worst review I have ever written because this is one of the best books I have ever read. Why is it always harder to review a book you love?Anyway, go read this now. Especially those who don't read contemporary (believe me, I don't), but Stephanie Perkins has created some of the most fantastic, well-rounded characters and such a beautiful, fun story I guarantee you will laugh, possibly cry, hope and swoon over this story, Anna and EtiennePS - I want to go to Paris now more than EVER.

  • Helen
    2018-12-07 20:11

    How to describe Anna and the French Kiss?Anna and the French Kiss is flawless. Its pages are insured for $10,000 dollars. It does car commercials...In France. Its favorite director is Sofia Coppola. One time, Anna and the French Kiss met John Green, and he told it that it was pretty.One time, it punched worldsuck in the face...It was awesome. Obviously, I'm not thinking coherently enough to post an actual review. Mean Girls quotes will have to do. Anna and the French Kiss has addled my brain.

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2018-12-10 23:59

    Ahhh so many feels and angst and agh. I flew through this in a matter of... 24 hours. Literally because of all the back and forth angst. If you know me, I'm here for all the drama and all the feels.I'll probably write a full review later, but a few things did annoy me or that I had some problems with - like whyyyy Anna was SO mean so much of the time. Egh. I loved all the side characters though, and the whole Etienne thing was handled so realistically, though it was totally depressing at times.Overall, it was cute and I totally recommend it if you're looking for a contemporary with loads of frustrating feels. I know, that's a very ironic statement. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy

  • emma
    2018-11-17 00:55

    the book i thought i would never review!!!whenever people comment on my one star reviews and are like, i know this book is trash but i love it anyway, my internal response is usually:but...this book is trash and i still love it.there's a lil bit of emotional cheating in this, which i literally always hate. there are a couple girl-villains, which, also terrible. it's cheesy and it's all drama all the time and the main character should annoy me and it's lowkey that weird cliché of bad writing everywhere wherein friendships fall instantaneously into place.BUT LITERALLY NONE OF IT GETS ON MY NERVES. THIS BOOK MAKES ME HAPPY EVERY TIME I READ IT.for starters, this is my number one book boyfriend of all time who will never be usurped he is the light of my life and the joy of my universe. this is my checklist for people who are allowed to flirt with me:-french-also british-wears boots-funny-devastatingly attractive (obviously)-named something amazing, like, oh, i don't know, ETIENNE ST. CLAIRplease do not consider any sort of non-platonic interaction with me if you do not check all of the previously-listed boxes.literally the only thing that prevents étienne st. clair from utterly-perfect status is the fact that he is not tall. but the amazing thing about works of fiction is that i can pretend his alarmingly short stature is neverever mentioned. memory repression! woohoo!this book also has: movie talk (which i like even though i am far from a real-life cinephile). france (WHICH I LIKE A LOT). more specifically, paris (EVEN BETTER, I DON'T CARE IF IT'S A CLICHE, I'LL ALWAYS FEEL SUPERIOR BECAUSE I'VE TAKEN FRENCH CLASSES FOR SEVEN YEARS AND BEEN THERE). boarding school!!! incredible drama which i lOVE (i am always such a sucker for a will they/won't they, even if the answer is clearly "they will"). europe descriptions and touristy places and texting and groups of friends and french food and just alarmingly great stuff.i need to reread this soon to clear its horrendous sequels from my weary mind.bottom line: this book is so stupid and also my favorite ever!!!!(this is part of a project i'm doing in which i review books i read a while back. i'm doing just as badly at it as expected.)

  • Laura Lovely
    2018-11-11 02:03

    just reread this beauty for a third (fourth?) time :)

  • Vane J.
    2018-12-06 23:07

    Review also posted here (October 18th, 2015)There are times in which I ask myself: Did I read the book wrong? Everyone seems to love it, even the reviewers I trust or people with the same reading tastes as I rated this book highly. How come I hated it? Did I read another book entirely?As you may be guessing, this is one of those occasions.I was promised a cute fun read, but I got nothing of the sorts. Instead, I got one of the most immature and stupid books I’ve ever read in my life.Anna has the oh-so-perfect life in Atlanta: Friends, almost boyfriend, etc. Her father, however, is rich and does whatever the hell it pleases his ass to do, so he sends Anna to a boarding school at Paris. Obviously, she’s angry and doesn’t want the change… that is, until she meets perfect boy Étienne St. Clair.The amount of ignorance that comes with Anna’s character is overwhelming. I knew the book was going to be bad the moment she said this:The only French word I know is oui, which means “yes,” and only recently did I learn it’s spelled o-u-i and not w-e-e.I mean, seriously? One of the most international words and she doesn’t know how it is written?!?!On another occasion she was astounded by the deliciousness of a panini…“Where have you been all my life?” I ask the beautiful panini. “How is it possible I’ve never had a sandwich like this before?”… but I was more like “where have you been, Anna? Paninis are everywhere!”But that’s not where it ends. She also wanted to be the greatest female film critic… and yet, she didn’t even know Paris is the capital of film appreciation. She’s even surprised to see there are theaters in France. To worsen this, what do you think she does? She starts going to the movies… but to watch American movies in Paris, the city of films.Her head is also full of stereotypes of French people. For example, there was a book she was asigned to read and she was like, “wow, this has lots of sex! No wonder it’s a French book!” She also thinks all French people do is watch mimes the entire day.I’m going to be sick. I’m going to vomit that weird eggplant tapenade I had for dinner, and everyone wil hear, and no one will invite me to watch the mimes escape from their invisible boxes, or whatever it is people do here in their spare time.Seriously, after reading this book I feel like I could write one myself titled Creative Ways of Killing Stupid People and Why It’s Important to Do This Without Delay. She was just so damn idiotic for this world. Maybe she had cheese or peanut instead of brains. Anna’s ignorance and stupidity was not the only aspect about her that bothers me. She’s a whiny and selfish brat. She’s always complaining her teachers won’t speak in English, worrying about her almost boyfriend and the wonderful boy she met in Paris, etc.This boy she met in Paris is Étienne St. Clair. He’s one of those swoon-worthy love interests: He will make you roll your eyes so much back your head you will swoon. I swear I did many times. He’s just the typical cliched romantic interest. He’s American, has a British accent and a French name. And we’re supposed to fall head over heels for him.I didn’t.In many reviews I’ve read I’ve noticed how much they praise the fact that he’s not a jerk, but really, is he not? Think about it: He has an already established girlfriend when he meets Anna and the instalove spark ignites. They hang out, hold hands, sleep together (in a chaste way), kiss… and he has a girlfriend. But he’s not a jerk. Not at all.There’s only one thing I don’t love about him. Her.This is another thing that bothered me about this book: It promotes cheating. I get St. Clair was not exactly happy with his girlfriend, but if you have feelings for the other girl, why not break up first and then settle with the other one? Picture yourself in that girl’s place. Wouldn’t you feel horrible to know your boyfriend has been cheating on you? Liars/hypocrites/cheaters are the worst of cowards, and betrayal is one of the worst feels in the world. Plus, if he cheated once, he will do it more times. It’s like a circle.But not only that. There’s also lots of girl hate in this book. Guess who is the cause for this? Oh, it’s rather simple: Mr. Sexy British Born American Desired More Than a Gram of Platinum Étienne St. Clair.“I’m not sure why Anna here thinks she stood a chance with him either. Dave was right. You are a slut. You weren’t good enough for him, and you’re definitely not good enough for St. Clair.” Amanda flicks her hair. “He’s A-list.You’re D.”Later on, everyone calls Anna a slut, and she even judges other girls, but all so we can see how “good” she is, because that’s another thing: It seems like the author was trying too hard to make Anna likable, but she just ended up being really clumsy and immature.I can’t even praise the writing. It was lazy and immature. For example, whenever someone shouted, the author decided to use CASPLOCK, which in my opinion is a very lazy way of writing, and not to mention annoying.WHY IS ÉTIENNE CHOOSING ELLIE? WHY?Also… Don’t. You. Get. Annoyed. When. People. Make. All. These. Stops. To. Talk? I do, and I don’t know how I survived this book with this kind of immature writing. I also felt the writing was way too slangy, and this made it more immature… but this latest point is more a thing of tastes.The voices of all the characters felt too young for their ages. They were supposed to be 17, but they all sounded like 13-year-olds, and I really could not stand their dialogues. They were ridiculous and unbearable… and the conversations they had were far from similar to the kind of conversations I (or any of my friends) held at that age, and I shouldn’t find them unrealistic, since I’m only one year older than them.Also, since this is a contemporary romance, there should be some chemistry between the love birds, right? Well, there was’t. Anna arrived to Paris, and the first boy he saw was St. Clair and just like that, she fell in instalove. She couldn’t shut up about how hawt he was, and the same for him: The next day he was already blushing at everything she said. Ugh. Either I’m too old for this shit, or it is in fact ludicrous.So you see, all the “aww”s I was promised were in vain. There was none of the sort, and if anything, this book only made me feel sick. Sick at the stupidity, ignorance, shaming, etc. I won’t even try to understand the hype because I will only fail – it makes no sense – so now I will kiss this book goodbye (did you see what I did there?) and forget about it.P.S.: Just as a curious fact, a gram of platinum is valued in $545 in my country._________________________________________Pre-review (October 15th, 2015):This is one of the most stupid, immature, ignorant books I've ever read in my life. Seriously. I cannot understand how is it that everyone has rated this 4 or 5 stars. It has girl hate (the word "slut" was used plenty of times to insult as well), a fucking idiotic American girl who makes people from the US look bad, ignorant portrayal of French culture, instalove, a jerk who's supposed to make me fall in love with him just like our Anna did, immature and lazy writing style, and it promotes cheating. Is that enough for you to run far far away from this book? No? Then stay tuned for my review.RTC.

  • Clau R.
    2018-11-23 02:46

    I really liked this book. It was cute and OH so funny. Anna is hilarious, and so is St. Clair (I always forget how to write his first name). All in all, it was a great book :). Just four stars because the story didn't really catch me until the last third of the book, and I don't know, I expected a LOT more romance, I really was looking for adorable lots of romance and I only got it AT THE END.