Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

book review

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars


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 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?

Synopsis from Goodreads


I finished this book so quickly that I surprised myself! I read a few chapters the first day and then the second day I finished it. I spent most of my day reading this, and I really enjoyed it!

I’m currently LOVING contemporary romance. Anna and the French Kiss had me laughing, smiling, and turning the pages very quickly.

This book takes place in Paris, France, the most romantic city, and contains complicated relationships, suspense, and moments that will make you smile.

The story first starts out with Anna’s parents sending her away to France to attend SOAP (School of America in Paris.) Anna knows nothing about Pairs, well, except for the rumors she has heard. When her parents leave, Anna is crushed, but soon meets a girl down the hall who makes her feel more at home.

But things change when she meets St. Clair, who has her swooning. But he has a girlfriend and she can only wish for the best thing for her. And that’s exactly what she does.

Kayla’s Recommended Reading Age: 13+

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 Stars

I thought St. Clair was such a good boyfriend and person in general, but he would not break up with his girlfriend which caused somewhat of a issue. In the end everything worked out, though.

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

The butterflies were not consistent throughout the book, but when I did get butterflies, they definitely make it worth the ⅘ rating.

Favorite quotes from Anna and the French Kiss:

So what do I wish for? Something I’m not sure I want? Someone I’m not sure I need? Or someone I know I can’t have? Screw it. Let the fates decide. I wish for what is best for me.

“School of America in Paris” he explains. “SOAP.”
Nice. My father sent me here to be cleansed.

My room is pitch black. He shuffles back toward my bed and smacks into it.
“Oof,” he says.
“Hey, there’s a bed there.”
“Thanks for the warning.”
“No problem.”

He seems genuinely surprised. “What’s wrong with being near? I wish I were more organized. And Anna, I’ve never met your father but I guarantee you that you’re nothing like him.”
“How would you know?”
“Well, for one thing, he looks like a Ken doll. And you’re beautiful.”
I trip and fall down on the sidewalk.
“Are you all right?” His eyes fill with worry.
I look away as he takes my hand and helps me up. “I’m fine. Fine!” I say, brushing the grit from my palms. Oh my God, I AM a freak.

“If you ask me to kiss you, I will,” he says.
His fingers stroke the inside of my wrists, and I burst into flames.
“Kiss me,” I say.
He does.

…what’s wrong with me? Why do I always fall for the wrong guy? I didn’t want Étienne to be another Toph, but he is. Only it’s so much worse because I only liked Toph.
And I love Étienne.

“You’re the most incredible girl I’ve ever known. You’re gorgeous and smart, and you make me laugh like no one else can. And I talk to you. And I know after all this I don’t deserve you, but what I’m trying to say is that I love you, Anna. Very much.”

And in between kisses, I tell him I love him.
Again and again and again.

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