Anna and the French Kiss

Stephanie Perkins
Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind - until she meets Etienne St Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all... including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?


Reviewed: 2020-07-22

Originally written in 2014

In Anna and the French Kiss we follow teen Anna Oliphant who gets sent to Paris, France, by her father. In the beginning she doesn’t like this at all what is obviously and rather standard. Slowly she starts to like her new home, mostly thanks to her new friends at SOAP (School of America in Paris… or something like this). As in every other teen love story the love interest isn’t something that can be missed.
Of course Anna and the French Kiss isn’t anything revolutionary. It isn’t something completely new, something we never saw before, but it doesn’t have to be. It isn’t the story that captivates you, it’s the characters. There is Anna who seems to slowly change and grow during the book (making the biggest process at the end of the book though), but is likable from the very start. Then we have her love interest, Étienne who is popular, but never seems like a clichéd sunny boy or douche bag ‘cause he’s popular. He’s likable, has weaknesses that make him cute and never seems to act too stupid or annoying. The side cast (Josh, Rashmi and Meredith) are also thought through and aren’t just there to be… well… side characters. All in all they always act reasonable and you can easily understand why they do what they do.
Anna and Étiennes relationships really made me squeal sometimes and sometimes I got so frustrated ‘cause I just wanted them to be together already. You just want to protect them from the world, because that’s how much you like them.

I never thought I would enjoy another contemporary literature as much as I enjoyed Eleanor and Park, but I think I slowly have to accept that I start to like this genre (again). Even though I still prefer something with a bit more action Anna and the French Kiss is a nice change for once. I definitely can’t wait to read Lola and the boy next door and Isla and the happily ever after!

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