book review :: anna and the french kiss by stephanie perkins

27 February 2014

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Publication Date: January 1st 2014
Pages: 416
Book: For Review*
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
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Summary: Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for? "Magical…really captures the feeling of being in love.” – CASSANDRA CLARE
“Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book.” - MAUREEN JOHNSON
Anna and the French Kiss. Oh, my, dear, darling, I LOVE YOU. It was the kind of book that made me 'squee', pull weird faces at myself in the mirror, hyperventilate and 'jump up and down' (if that's possible when you're sitting in bed - i sort of jerked around awkwardly like i was having an electric shock) and internally keyboard bash and yell (in caps lock) in my mind. I could go on and on about how light and fluffy and happy this book made me feel but i'm not going to - you have to experience it yourself, because if you've not read it yet - WHY NOT.
Dear Stephanie Perkins,
For the love of books and candy and sugar-giraffes, I adore your books. The writing, the vivid imagery and realistic, fangirl inducing dialogue. The characters. Because seriously, don't get me started on St. Clair. (Yes I know I shouldn't start sentences with 'because' but I'm on a book-high - please let me off.) Yes, a book high. You're books are honestly like drugs. You read one and then you're addicted. You crave more. You need more. I NEED MORE.  
This book should have been a cliché. It sounds cliché, and to a point it looks cliché. However it was anything but. The characters were so human and genuine. Anna with her unique, awkward voice, St Clair, Etienne, with his witty charms and easy assurance, Rashmi, Mer, and Josh with his constant sketching and hand-cramps - they all felt like friends to me by the end of the book and that's why I liked it so much. It was a world I liked to be 'in', with people I would genuinely like to meet one day if they ever decide to jump out from within the pages of friends and film dates.
So, Paris was fun, where are you taking me next?
The Girl Who Is Currently Dancing On A Table Top.
P.S No, I have no idea what a sugar-giraffe is, but it's something awesome, that I'm sure of.
All in all, Anna and the French Kiss was a wonderful book that is guaranteed to make you smile and laugh and melt inside. With an honorary American/British 'hero', an introverted (to a degree), awkward protagonist who hates the fact that she has been shipped off to boarding school in Paris (crazy I know), you will see the main character come to terms with friendship, family ties and love. (yes - welcome to the story of Etienne St. Clair..) If you haven't read this book yet, when you do pick it up you'll wish you never waited. As Taherah Mafi said: "god i love this book. i want to eat it with a spoon." My rating: 1/2
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"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?" -Anna & the French Kiss
"Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?" -Anna & the French Kiss
"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." -Anna & the French Kiss
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” -Anna & the French Kiss 
“Most people in Atlanta don't have an accent. It's pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though," I add jokingly. 
"Fo' shiz," he replies in his polite English accent. 
I spurt orangey-red soup across the table. -Anna & the French Kiss
“How many times can our emotions be tied to someone else's - be pulled and stretched and twisted - before they snap? Before they can never be mended again?”-Anna & the French Kiss 
*thank you so so much to Guardian Books for being awesome and sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This book has been on my to-read list for forever! Actually, more like last year. BUT YOU KNOW, PARIS AND ALL THAT!

    1. YOU MUST GET IT SOON I would send it to you but NO I CAN'T PART WITH IT. :p

  2. My favourite-fangirl, Hawwa,

    I absolutely LOVE your reviewing-style! It makes me want to pick up this book right this minute! Honestly, they make me laugh and are just so much fun to read. I've heard a lot about this love-interest, I should probably go see what all the fuss is about...


    1. Ahahah my awesome-buddie, Sophie,

      THANK YOU YOU JUST MADE MY DAY EVEN BETTER. <3 Well, that was the point. ;) Hehe and thank you x1000 because that's what i want people to think & do! Yes...I think you should too..;)

  3. Oh my god, this review was PERFECT. I love your idea of writing a hypothetical (although, actually, you should totally send it to Stephanie Perkins!) letter to the author, and, to be fair, if I wrote a letter to her about Anna and the French Kiss (I haven't yet read any of her other books, although this one makes me really want to!) it would be basically the same as yours! (Although neither so eloquently, nor so imaginatively expressed! ;) ) Loved this review so much! :D

    1. THANK YOU HONESTLY THIS IS WHY I LOVE MY BLOGGY FRIENDS. <3 I sort of did..I mean..I don't know if she will read it..:P Awwwh thank you and I think we should all do that to be honest, not a quick e-mail but a proper hand written shows how much we appreciate their books. Not that i'm saying tweeting a OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK etc is bad, it just, it takes two seconds..;)

  4. Excellent review - couldn't agree more about the spectacularness of Anna and the French Kiss. Loved the letter to Stephanie Perkins!

  5. I'm so excited to read this! FANGIRL-INDUCING ROMANCE HERE I COME!!!


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