Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I know everyone loves this book, and while I liked it, I didn’t love it.

Anna is forced to go to boarding school in Paris by her Nicholas Sparks type author father. She makes friends right away after meeting her neighbor in the dorm, but they’re realistic early friendships. There are a lot of inside jokes, and it takes a while for one of the other girls to open up to her. I appreciated that accuracy.

Anna also struggles with boys. She’s interested in the wrong guys and is avoiding the person she really likes because he has a girlfriend. It’s so real. Many of the situations Anna faces happened to me or my friends in high school. Maybe that’s why everyone loves this book?

I found it painful to listen to at times. Anna and St. Clair were just so awkward when it came to discussing their feelings for each other. I just wanted them to be happy, and we don’t get to see any happiness until the last 5 minutes of the book. Even as a friend though, St. Clair is good for Anna. He forces her to venture out into Paris when she’s afraid to leave the dorms alone because she doesn’t speak French.

I enjoyed Anna’s internal monologue, but that did make it a challenging audio book. I didn’t always know when she was speaking and when she was just thinking things in her head.

I especially liked the movie critic blogging that Anna does. Her feelings on reviewing movies match very closely with my thoughts on reviewing books. That element may be another reason why so many book bloggers love this book.

I think I’ll pass on the other books in this series. Not much else happened in the book besides the slow growing romance and other dating mistakes.

Rating: 3 Stars

This review was originally posted on Mom’s Radius.

Anna and the French Kiss
Anna and the French Kiss #1
Stephanie Perkins
Young Adult Fiction
Listening Library
October 11, 2011

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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, perfect, 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?

Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.

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