Friday, 17 February 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Published December 2nd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA)
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 Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

The protag was okay and the main guy was drool-worthy, the friends weren’t bad and the plot was simple but realistic. There was nothing wrong with the writing; it was actually pretty easy to read. Nothing really happened and maybe I am just too old for this. Or I can’t stand a pure romance novel.
I feel like EVERYONE loves this book. There are like barely any goodreads reviewers who have given it less than four star.
I have nothing against books that are just to be read for fun, but someone could have died, or someone could have killed someone, or there could have been some drama. I mean, real drama. Not boo-hoo my dad is so rich and famous and he is the worst dad ever because he is more Nicholas Sparks than Ian McEwan and he sends me to a school in paris and I hate my dad’s books and I like this guy and he has a girlfriend and my friends are confusing and okay  yeah, that was the basic plot. *Spoiler Alert* She gets the guy and lives happily ever after.
The book should have been funnier. It takes itself way too seriously.
But credit where credit is due, I loved Paris. The setting was epic. Stephanie Perkins (Could she be related to Ann Perkins?) nailed that part.  That’s the reason I read the whole book, well, except for the chapters I didn’t. There were these long talks and walks around Paris that reminded me of one of my favourite movies, Before Sunrise. 


  1. Aw I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one! I must say it's one of my favorites and I loved the setting in Paris too!

  2. Yeah, It's everyone's favorite! I wish I had liked it more. lol

  3. It's nice to see a more balanced review of this book, all the other reviews I have seen have been gushing....
    I don't think it's the book for me, I need more than just romance.

  4. I didn't really like this book either.

  5. I liked it because it was set in Paris. Otherwise, you really have to be in the mood to read it. I deal with teenagers all day long so I could pretty much ignore the angst (most of the book) and pay attention to the "sight-seeing."

  6. This book was good. The thing I liked most about it, was it not only dealt with falling in love, but also friendships and family as well. You fall in love with the characters so easily, and this story is more relate able than anything I have read, because it deals with what almost every high school boy/girl deals with! So check it out!



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