Anna and the French Kiss

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Truly magical!!!
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Anna and the French Kiss is what I call a truly magical book. This book captured the true feeling of being in love and all the troubles that come with it. This book has a sparkling plot with glowing characters that I just fell in love with. This book makes me want to sing, cry, laugh and scream, its so beautiful.

Anna was 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. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris-until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.

This book made my heart melt from when I read the very first page. I loved this so much and its one of my most favorite young adult books so far. I wanted to be Anna half the time, with that beautiful English/American boy. All the characters had so much more than some books that I have read. They all had their own personalities instead of being just names that had no feeling.

In this book was set in the eyes of Anna herself, so there was a lot more insight into her life, emotions and reasons. When reading this book I actually felt everything Anna was feeling, the good parts, the bad parts and everything in between. I could understand her actions quite but sometimes I was clueless. Unexpected parts made me think and react differently to the characters but after I could understand them.

My favorite character was definitely Etienne St. Clair. All his quirks and his description made me fall in love with him. I loved how Stephanie Perkin made him English, I thought that was pretty funny. This was one of the books that me want to be in a character's boots. His character felt real, unlike some other books. He isn't perfect but everything he does has a hidden meaning behind it, which doesn't happen often. Sometimes people do things for the sake of it. His relationship with Anna is beautiful and purely real, not because of her beauty or his looks, real love.

The idea of this book set in Paris is brilliant. What place is better for romance than Paris? The troubles and fights between the characters is real as all friends fight. The plot was vibrant and stunning. I loved this so much. I may read Lola and the Boy Next Door, I hope its as amazing as this one. This great a book is super rare and don't miss this amazing opportunity.
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
(Updated: April 24, 2013)
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I don't even know where to start. This book was amazingly sweet and wonderful. First of all it takes place in Paris which is a city I have been dying to see and after reading this book I want to go there even more. I loved the descriptions of the city.

I loved all the characters in this book. St Clair is just dreamy, sweet and romantic with a sexy BRITISH accent!! What's not to like? Anna is a little insecure and is upset with her father about having to leave her friends at home to attend a boarding school in Paris.

I would trade places with Anna in a heartbeat. I could not put this book down I just had to find out what was going to happen next. Even though at times St Clair and Anna irritated the heck out of me!

If you have not read this one yet pick up and get started you will not be disappointed!

Review originally posted at my blog: http://www.ramblingsofabooknerd.com/2013/02/review-anna-and-french-kiss-by.html
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Sweet and Sincere, A wonderful love story
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I really love Stephanie Perkins. She knows just how to write amazing contemporary love stories that will leave you smiling.

Anna and the French Kiss is stunning--a poignant portrayal of the pains and triumphs true love must conquer.

I love the setting of this novel--Paris! And even though I have never been there, when I closed my eyes, I felt like I was there! I could hear the people walking around me chatting, taste the buttery croissants, and feel the cool air rushing off the river. Perkins knows exactly how to set up a scene, and I fell straight into her world.

I loved Anna and Etienne. Their friendship was sweet and innocent, and it broke my heart about their circumstances. But that didn't keep me from falling for the humorous with a touch of bad Etienne. While I still like Cricket (from Lola) better, Etienne is definitely on my list of great YA book boyfriends!

A brilliant and fun read, I recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet romance that won't leave you in tears.
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Hobbitsies Reviews: Best Book I Read in 2010
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Anna and the French Kiss has been hyped beyond belief in the book blogging community. Sometimes hype turns out to be really right, and sometimes it ends up letting me down. Either way, I knew I had to buy Anna and the French Kiss the day it came out. There was no way I could not.

And luckily – Anna and the French Kiss more than impressed me. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was my favourite book of 2010. Really. I really, truly mean that. There was such an awesome combination of various elements in Anna and the French Kiss that really worked and made it what it was. Separately, I don’t know that I would have liked it as much, but the way everything in the story came together rocked.

I am a sucker for boarding schools. And books that take place in foreign countries. And books that deal with issues other than just getting the guy. Anna and the French Kiss had several other issues – friend problems, parent problems, etc. I’m also a fan of sexy guys. And you know what? Not only was the love interest in this book totally sexy, he was British. Do you guys see how all these elements are starting to add up?

And Anna? I loved her. And I love Stephanie Perkins. I AM SUCH A FILM GEEK. So add into the melting pot of awesome elements Anna’s film geekiness that rivaled my own. Seriously. I want her to be my best friend. Anna is my version of Anna and Jen’s Jessica Darling.

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. Etienne St. Clair. I have no other words. Isn’t his name enough?

What really, really gets me about Anna and the French Kiss, though, is that Stephanie Perkins is a debut author. And she is phenomenal. Her characters, her story – her writing. She is phenomenal. Here, see for yourself -

If this were vacation, I’m sure I’d be charmed. I’d buy an Eiffel Tower key chain, take pictures of the cobblestones, and order a platter of escargot. But I’m not on vacation. I am here to live, and I feel small. – Anna and the French Kiss, page 19

I just don’t know what else to say about Anna and the French Kiss. It is SO FREAKING GOOD. Stephanie Perkins has another book coming out, Lola and the Boy Next Door (2011), and recently announced the sale of her third book, Isla and the Happily Ever After (2013). Both are companion novels to Anna and I am so freaking ecstatic. Stephanie Perkins has wormed her way up my “will read anything by” list and I am so pleased she did!

Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2010/12/anna-and-the-french-kiss-by-stephanie-perkins/
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A Chance For Love In Paris
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011





Anna and the French Kiss: Stephanie Perkins




I loved the author, Stephanie Perkins, so I was not at all surprised that I loved this book. Many scenes made me want to roll my eyes, yell at the main characters, and comfort the main characters. A write who evokes a response in the reader must be terrific at her art :)
The main character, Anna, is upset at being forced to go to a boarding school in Paris. Understandable, who would want to uproot his/her life and take off? Along the way, she meets Etienne, who quickly becomes her friend and sometimes tour guide. As the novel progresses, she quickly wants Etienne to become more than friends-even though he has a girlfriend, one he doesn't seem to care about much when around Anna. Anna takes the reader through her sometimes painful boarding school classes, the great culture of Paris, the movie theater to view foreign films and really take in the culture, and back home where she experiences quite a few disappointments.
I liked this novel; Anna was a fun, spunky character who was caring to Etienne when he found out that his mother could be dying from cancer. Etienne frustrated me when he seemed to lead Anna on, never really telling her he did or didn't like her (except in one, drunken chapter). The ending was a good one with no cliff-hangers, I was really happy that the author believes in a happy ending every once in a while too. I would recommend this novel to young adults/teens who enjoy a book about friendship and romance.
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I enjoyed laughing with this book. I enjoy laughing with any book really but this one had a different air of humor. I loved the characters especially Anna. St. Claire irritates me a lot...well I might be exaggerating. But he irritated me enough. It actually had REAL teenagers in here, unlike other books. These characters all had different flaws, and were all confused. I really enjoyed reading this
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It actually met my expectations, after seeing so many good reviews! On goodreads and Amazon I had to read it. And I enjoyed laughing...
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Love It!
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Anna's father decides he's going to send Anna to a international boarding school in Paris. It's her senior year and she wants nothing more than to stay at her high school with her best friend and her crush that works at the local movie theater. Which means stays in Atlanta and not moving to Paris.

Her father (a famous author), won't take no for an answer and her parents fly out with her to the School of America in Paris. Then they leave her. They just leave, it's rather sad actually. Her neighbor -Meredith- from the next room in the dorm welcomes her warmly and they click nicely though Anna still feels lonely without her friends. Though on the way back to her room she meets St. Clair. Little does she know but everything will change for her because of him.

She grows closer to her new group of friends but naturally, to St. Clair more than anyone. It doesn't take her very long to develop a crush on him, even though she still claims to like Toph, the guy from her hometown. We, the readers, can see where this is going though.

When she finally gets to go home for Christmas break (she had to stay in Paris for thanksgiving and that's when she got super close to him), Anna finds out that her best friend is dating her crush. She's brokenhearted and leans more on St. Clair. She figures out she loves him when she comes back from the break and sees him. But, lots of other drama keeps them from getting together, like St Clair has a girlfriend he won't dump and Meredith is in love with him as well.

It's such a fun and cute book. It has it's moments where you just want to scream and tell them to together already! I read this book in very little time, finding I simply couldn't put it down. This is huge for me as I really, really don't like many young adult contemporary novels. I loved this book so much I already ordered the second one and can't wait till it gets here.

I love how these characters, the way they talk, isn't all clean and fake like some authors do. They are real teenagers, there is cussing and they talk about sex. It's refreshing to see as real teenagers act this way. There are no sex scenes so if that's not your thing don't worry.

If you like cute romance with lots of drama this is for you. I would even recommend it to the people like me who don't like young adult contemporary. It's just that good and it's so nice to see glimpses of Paris as I've always wanted to visit.
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Wonderful Love Story in the City of Love
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When i began to read Anna and the french kiss, i thought it would be lame and borring. But i was SO wrong!
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The book is amazing!

The Characters are so real, and you really feel with them.
And the writing style makes you feel, that you are Anna your self!
It's a wonderful love story every girl should read!
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Ladies, prepare to swoon.
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I simply adored this from the very first words of the book to the very last-- and yes, I'm including her acknowledgements in this.(Said last note of acknowledgement: "I am deeply in love with you. Thank you for being you, because you are my favorite." Gah, so sweet!) This book held so many spectacular moments, & I felt transported to a place I've never been (although I have longed to go to Paris, who wouldn't?), yet by the end, it felt absolutely familiar. Anna's character was completely adorable, and I fell in love with the voice that Stephanie gave her. So much of her lingo was mine; maybe we were separated a birth-- supposing it were a fictional birth because of course she isn't real. She has a slight flare for dramatics, but it endeared me to her so much.

Then, there's Étienne St. Clair. *girly sigh* Honestly, where can I find one of him for my own? I became one of *those* girls. You know, the ones that make goo-goo eyes, sighs dreamily at everything he says, laughs at every jokes he makes, & desperately searches for any way possible to relate to anything he stands for... Ugh, gag me. He's too incredible for an adequate description; words truly fail me. I'll just say this: a French boy that was born in America and grew up in London, how can you possibly go wrong with that? (Someone, quick, bottle up his brand and sell it!) In all seriousness, though, I was smitten with him from his and Anna's very first interaction.

I'm trying to remember if there was much in the way of plot, and I can't recall any-- probably because I was too busy being a *girl* and swooning over St. Clair to see through the fog-- but don't let that deter you from reading it. It's a super-quick and enjoyable read meant for days that you just need to giggle and act like a girl in love.
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Great characters with laugh-out-loud moments that make the book go by far too fast.
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Review From Blkosiner's Book Blog
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I know that nearly everyone has read and reviewed this book for me, but I am just getting off of the sweeping tour of Paris, and the anticipation rush from Anna and St Clair (I'll call him that not because I didn't feel effection for him, but because I'm not the fondest of E name.)
I've seen so many positive reviews, I tried to wipe my slate clean before reading so that I could just enjoy (or not) the story before me. And enjoy it I did. It was a fast, fun, and romantic story that surprised me with the emotional depth at times. There aren't just cute and fun issues here, there are some hard ones--sickness, barriers to friendship, and just raw emotions from events playing out.
I do sympathize with St Clair's reasonings behind Ellie, but I still have to say that it still didn't sit right with me. Sure, she's not there and his feelings for Anna are strong, but why drag it on? It would've been hard as a girl seeing it from Ellie's eyes, but I think that would've been the right thing to do.... I guess I just had to mention that because that's the one thing in the book that still nags at me.
That is not to say that I thought negatively of the book, I loved it. Anna grows and learns so much, and she has a great (and wonderfully written) group of friends, and the tension between her and St Clair kept me on the edge of my seat.
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