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A Written Rhapsody: Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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?
Bop me on the head for not reading this sooner. Seriously, I don't know what's wrong with me. I totally had separation anxiety *stares longingly at iPad* when I had to do something else that didn't involve finishing this book. I feel like there isn't a lot I could say that you haven't already heard about this book, so I'm going to touch on the things that made me have a cheesy little grin the whole time I read it.

First off, what made me initially fall for this book was the the fact I finally got to somewhat experience my dream of going to school abroad! Sure, I've always wanted to go to Europe, but I've always wanted to have a year of education somewhere foreign. I've sadly never had the opportunity to do so, but oh man I'm so jelly of Anna for this and other things.

Oh, Etienne! Let's just discuss you for a moment so I can concentrate. Yes, I'm another girl who totally wants your bod even if you're too young for me. I'm choosing to ignore this fact for now because if you truly were some student nearby, I'd likely consider going there for grad school just to stare at you. Yeah. Well that or to befriend Anna because she's awesome and I want to go see random movies with her. I seriously adored both of them because of their banter. Any person who can have a great discussion (no matter how ridiculous) will totally win cool points with me. Anna and Etienne had that friendship I'd love to have with a guy friend. They were just full a lot of moments I'd totally fangirl over at any age. One important aspect is that their relationship had development! I loved that their friendship grew. It made me want them together instead of expecting it.

This brings me to the other friends. I really liked how each person had their own personality and little side stories. It brought so much more to the story because it wasn't focused on two people. Everyone had flaws, and I liked that no one was given that "perfect" personality. I'd love to have books continuing some characters like Josh because I think there's more to him than what we got. Overall, they were all people I'd love to get to know.

Food. I'm a total foodie, and this book was like written food porn. I wanted to eat everything they mentioned! Someone give me some panini and crack coffee! I seriously just wanted to gorge myself with cake when I was reading. It wasn't fair.

I definitely think it's one of those books you need to be in the mood for. I don't know if that makes sense, but I know if I read this while I was wanting something really deep then I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. However, since I was in the mood for something enjoyable and light, it was the perfect book. If you're like me and haven't had a chance to read this yet, I'd say get on it because you truly won't regret it.

(As I don't understand a lot of French, a few of these songs are lyric appropriate, while others just fit the mood of the book for me.)


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At May 23, 2012 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Cindy said...

I loved this book! It's one of my favorites. I am really glad you enjoyed it also :) Great review!

At May 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Sarah Elizabeth said...

Don't think this book will do anything for dieters! Sounds like you really loved it though! I just love it when a book makes me not want to leave it (I confess, when i leave the house the kindle is usually hidden in my bag somewhere - just in case I get the chance to read it! ha ha).
I totally have to read this book now!

At May 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM , Anonymous Vyki @ On The Shelf said...

Great review! I was a late reader for this as well, just read it in April and it was my April favorite read of the month. I definitely want to read Lola and the Boy Next Door now too. Wonderful wonderful book!

At May 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM , Blogger Alison Can Read said...

I love Anna and the FK! I'm a huge Etienne fan. I also agree that this book is total food porn. Yum.

At May 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM , Anonymous Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said...


I waited a while to read this one, too ... and LOVED it! I can't wait for Stephanie Perkins's next book to come out. :)

Great review!

At May 28, 2012 at 3:35 PM , Blogger Preet @ A Written Rhapsody said...

I need to get my hands on an ereader so I can keep a book with me at all times. I read on my phone sometimes if I'm killing time, but it just isn't the same! Hope you enjoy it if you check it out!


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