Anna and the French Kiss is the first book that I hated (and I really pretty much loathe) the cover, but loved the book. Can we all just admit that this is the cheesiest cover ever?!? This book is romantic and sweet and wonderful and the cover just makes it seem like a very young teen or even middle grade novel. Now, I know that they updated the cover and it’s much much better now, but when I read this book the first time, this is the copy that I had from the library. I hated the cover, but chose not to judge the book by it’s cover and read it because of all the great reviews and I’m so glad I did!
Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication: December 2nd 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 372 pages
Format: Library book
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. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
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Perkins does an amazing job at giving her characters immediate personality and really precise physical descriptions. Being able to picture the characters is very important to me, so I love it when an author describes a character well without it feeling like they are just information dumping. I loved Anna’s character from the first page and Étienne as soon as he was introduced, you really just can’t help but love both of them. The secondary characters (Meredith, Josh, and Rashmi) all have their own very distinct personalities. I really enjoy it when an author doesn’t let any characters fade into the background and makes their friendships just as important as the romantic relationship.
Since you know how I feel about this cover based on, well the whole post, I’ll just add one thing. Honestly, I hate when you can see a cover model’s face because it assigns a face to the character. My imagination is now limited by the person on the front of the book and most of the time, I feel like the cover model doesn’t even resemble the description of the character. The girl on this cover IS NOT ANNA!
As stated above, the best part of Perkins writing is in the details. You really get to feel all of the butterflies with Anna, all the flirting, all the blushes, all the best parts of having a crush. There is nothing difficult about reading this book and although that means that it wasn’t an emotionally deep read, I don’t think that is a problem. It is completely enjoyable from beginning to end.
“I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn’t have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.”
“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.”
“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
Typically I reserve five star ratings for books that seem epic in some way, but when I got to the end of this book, I literally went back to the beginning and read it all over again. I feel like a book that can make me that happy and want to read it twice back to back is pretty epic.