Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Details: Hardcover, 272 pgs.
Published: Dec. 2nd, 2010 by Dutton
isbn: 0525423273 (ISBN13: 9780525423270)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from: Purchased myself

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. Claire: 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?

My Thoughts:
This book should have a warning label: Do not read if you have to care for small children (particularly sick ones).  Because interruptions were NOT welcome!  Once I started this book I felt like I walked around in a daze.  I had two sick kids and it was torture every time I had to put this book down!  Seriously!  If I had started it at night I would have been up all night.  It was just so freaking good!
Okay, so I’m going to start with Anna.  I liked her.  I liked that she had faults, or things she thought were faults anyway.  I loved that she was a bit terrified to go out on her own and was afraid to even make her own food order because she didn’t know French.  That was completely me!  I would’ve suffered and just ate bread so I wouldn’t embarrass myself either!  I understood her.  How she had to keep distracted with thinking she had a crush on others and how she dealt with things.  That was how she and St. Clair became such amazing friends and if she had done things differently- well things would have turned out differently.  I genuinely liked her and she didn’t drive me nuts at all.
St. Clair… oh yummy goodness… seriously.  Accent, personality, looks… he has it all!  I couldn’t help but swoon in about every scene with him.  And although he’s hot and has an amazing accent with all those cute Briticism’s that us Americans adore so, it was his personality that made him so freaking adorable!  And even with all that he had faults.  Not many, but he was short which some might see as a downside, and he had fears and issues to deal with.  The little things made him more real.
The side characters in this book were all important.  They shaped the story and took it in the different directions it took.  All of them were interesting and had personalities you could understand and relate to. 
Now one thing I really loved was that this took place in Paris.  And we got to see it through Anna’s eyes.  An American.   And it was so beautiful, and romantic and really, just an amazing place.  I can’t wait to go someday!  And when I’ll go I’ll probably be thinking of Anna and St. Clair.  I can just see myself exclaiming “this is where they made their wishes!”   or “This is just like the cafe that Anna talked about!”.  Yep, can’t wait!
And I can’t forget to mention the sexual tension.  I’ve found lately that this is one of my favorite things in YA.  I like the tension, A LOT.  And this book, well, it had it.  Definitely had it!  So much so that when stuff happens you about fall out of your chair in excitement.  I actually cried toward the end of the book because it was so perfect.  Beyond perfect.   

This book isn’t one of those love at first sight books.  Yeah, there’s attraction, but this book is about two people who become amazing friends and later it develops into more.  It’s much more real then two people who see each other, give each other smoldering looks and know they are in love without ever really getting to know each other. 
There is one thing in this book that I have to mention, mostly for those who have already read it, but when Anna realizes what exactly ‘home’ is- well, that just felt right and it made the entire story so much better.  If that’s even possible, because this book is a Once in a Blue Moon book, above 5 moons.  It’s definitely one of my favorites of the year!

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  1. Awesome review! I love the sound of this book. I headed to Paris to visit my cousins last summer, and I definitely had a big learning curve for navigating the city and especially finding out which food I liked, so I can definitely empathize with Anna. :)

  2. Twitter has been exploding with this book lately. It got major recommendations from John Green and Maureen Johnson. This book just went straight to the top of my TBR pile.

  3. I wrote my review yesterday and we definitely touched on the same things! It must have had the same impression on both of us!! *Sigh* St. Claire..and…wow…the park!

    Great review!

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