Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins + Introducing Our New Co-Blogger!

December 20, 2013 Review 41 ★★★★½

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins + Introducing Our New Co-Blogger!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
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Publisher: Dutton
Source: Purchased
Pages: 372
Release Date: December 10th, 2010
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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 Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Introducing Our New Co-Blogger, Devin!

Some of you may have noticed our application for a co-blogger has been taken down! Bec and I believe we have found a great match for us here at Readers in Wonderland with Devin:

“Devin is a college student who just loves to read books. She enjoys YA/Contemporary the best, but is willing to give mostly anything a try. Most of the time, she decides to read instead of doing what she really needs to be doing (like homework!) Her current favorite authors are Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, John Green, and Sarah Dessen. She hopes that by reading her reviews, it’ll make you interested and want to read the books too!”

So please welcome her and look forward to more reviews! You can also find her on Goodreads.

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This book. Oh man, what can I say about this book? First of all, let’s start with saying how amazing this book is! This is one of very few books that I read in one day. I seriously couldn’t and did not want to put it down! The characters, the story, everything.. It was all just so good!

The way this book was written was too good. The way that Stephanie Perkins was able to have the more the plot along without the story being too fast or too slow, it was incredible! You always want to know what happens next. This book definitely keeps you on the edge and to want to keep reading more and more until the book is over.

The way that Perkins also has the “almost” love story moment is also really awesome. There are parts all throughout the book when you think “this is it, they’re finally going to kiss” and then nothing happens! It drives you insane because you know that they are meant for each other from the moment they start talking to one another. All you want is for them to finally kiss and to be together!

Another thing, the whole story is so believable! I have read a lot of books where you could predict what was going to happen or you just knew that the two characters shouldn’t be together. But with Anna and Etienne, you can tell that they NEED to be together. They aren’t perfect like most books try to make people seem to be. They are just normal people who are destined to be together.

A book set in Paris..? What gets better than that? I mean it is the romance city of the world! Of course it’s going to make you want Anna and Etienne to be together even more! Also, the way that Perkins describes things in the book makes it seem like you are actually there. You can feel the weather that is happening, you can see the theaters that Anna is going to, and you can almost taste the food they are eating.

Now let’s talk about Mr. Étienne St. Clair! He is far from perfect, but he seems like the type of guy that could completely sweep you off your feet. He’s so sweet and caring. There definitely needs to be more guys like him, but in real life of course!  And the way Perkins describes him, he seem so incredibly gorgeous! What girl doesn’t want a hot guy who is also super sweet and caring?!

There is so much more that I could say about this book, but I will just end this and say that you should just go pick up a copy and read this book for yourself. It’s such an amazing book.

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Rating Report
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Overall: 4.4

41 Responses to “Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins + Introducing Our New Co-Blogger!”

  1. Aman

    Hi Devin! Welcome to book blogging! I’m a contemporary fan, so I’m 100% sure we are going to have similar taste. And then maybe I can convince you to try NA! As for Anna and the French Kiss, I’m with you on everything. The romance between Anna and Etienne was so beautiful and easy going. But I have to say that the time it took for them to be together was too much. I literally wanted to get in the book and force them to sit in one room and discuss their feelings. Nevertheless, to this day, I love this book and there are very few stories that have matched the feelings I got from this one. I’m glad you were a fan too! Great review :)
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  2. Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    Hi there, Devin! It’s so nice to meet you. I’m glad that Alise and Bec were able to find an awesome co-blogger like you. Welcome to the blogosphere.

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this book but I got hesitant in picking it up. I am not really big on contemporaries and when I do pick up one, I usually prefer the angsty ones. Hahaha. I might try Anna and The French Kiss someday if I am already fed up with bitter and angry contemporary characters. I loved that the romance here wasn’t rushed and developed beautifully.

    Great review, Devin!
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  3. Pam@YA Escape from Reality

    Welcome, Devin and so glad you loved Anna and the French Kiss, it’s one of my favorite YA contemporaries. I loved Anna and St. Clair together, and I agree, it was refreshing that St. Clair was not perfect, he definitely had flaws. His fear of heights, the fact that he was short…so cute! It was a bit annoying (the whole girlfriend thing) but that was realistic and believable (there had to be something that kept them apart, right?) Such a fun book, reading it definitely makes me smile, which is what I want. Great review!
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  4. Sunny

    *waves* Hey, Devin! I tried reading this one and wasn’t able to really get into it, but I definitely see why others (and you) like it so well. Strangely enough, I’m really interested in reading Isla and one of these days I should read Lola. The covers look so fun!

  5. Delaney

    HAI, DEVIN!!! Welcome around here! XD Or to the book blogging or bloggin or what not. XD JUST WELCOME!!! I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY! ^^

    I really want to read Anna and the French Kiss but i don’t know, I just feel so iffy about it and I just don’t know. But after reading your review, I WANNA GO AND READ IT ALREADY!!! XD Like I think a cute book is in need of the Christmas season, don’t you?
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  6. Emily @ Forever Literary

    Hi Devin! Welcome to the community – I adore contemporary too, so I’m excited to read more reviews from you.

    As for the book, I’m glad to hear you loved it as much as the rest of the community seems to. I agree that the setting is fantastic, and Perkins brought it to life masterfully. Upon finishing the book, my immediate thought was that I needed to attend Anna’s school, but I quickly came to the sad realization that it did not exist; the author just made it seem as if it did. I am ecstatic to read Isla and the Happily Ever After, and I hope it does not disappoint either of us.
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  7. Megan @ The Book Babe's Reads

    Hi Devin! Nice to meet you, sweetie! :D

    I LOVE this book, and I was totally like you throughout it – “They’re going to kiss, they’re going to kiss…” *kissing moment passes by* “WHAT WHY YOU TORTURE ME LIKE THIS!” LOL. It was great, but it also drove me totally crazy! And yes, I think that there should be more boys like Etienne – he’s just too adorable. Awesome review, Devin! And welcome to the book blogosphere! :)
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  8. Tara-Lee

    I read Anna and the French Kiss a few years ago and I loved it so much. It made me want to go to Paris to eat croissants and meet a boy like Etienne. Thank-you for reminding me about this book so I can re-read it.

  9. Deyse

    Welcome Devin!
    I think I’m the only person on the universe that don’t like this book! And I think the only reason is because I read with translated and with was sooooo bad, like there was a sentence that was “he smells like soup” but it was actually “he smells like soap” lol
    Best wishes ;)
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  10. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

    Hi Devin and welcome (I’m a little late, I know I know).

    This is one of my personal favorites, it was the first that I read (ever, well beside school books)! My love for St. Clair is endless!!!! I actually read it 4 times (no shame on that) and I could read it a few times more. You never get tired of this. I am really glad you enjoyed it!

    Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading
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  11. Tressa @ Wishful Endings

    I really enjoyed this book too! I think it was such a hit because of the setting and I couldn’t resist that accent! Lol! Actually. I just enjoyed the story even though both characters made me mad at points. Glad you liked it!
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