Anna And The French Kiss: Anna and the French kiss is written by Stephenie Perkins and was published in the year 2010. This novel is the debut book of Stephenie 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. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne 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?
Anna Oliphant is forced to study in a boarding school in Paris by her father. Anna agrees to study in School of America in Paris (SOAP) but is not happy with the decision as she has to leave behind her best friend Bridgette and Toph whom she has a crush on. Anna’s main goal is to become a film critic as she is a major fan of films.
In her new school SOAP she befriends Meredith ‘Mer’ who happens to be her next door neighbor. She later becomes friends with Etienne St.Claire, Josh and Rashmi. Slowly the friendship of Etienne and Anna progresses but both are hesitant to take it forward. The main reason for this hesitancy is, Etienne already has a girl friend!!!
This book is a first for Stephenie Perkins and she has done a decent job. The book is a teen romance and sticks strictly to that. Anna and Etienne make the reader go “Aww” few times.
Anna sometimes comes off as rash, selfish girl. She doesn’t express herself despite getting fair chances, that’s an annoyance. Etienne is sweet, handsome, charming boy who is fighting himself over his feelings for the new girl Anna Oliphant. He has a girlfriend and whenever he is around Anna he feels he is cheating on his girlfriend. He is also insecure. He waits for Anna to come clear of her feelings for him so that he is not put in a vulnerable position. He doesn’t want to face rejection if he comes clear of his feelings for Anna and she doesn’t feel the same. I was irritated over this issue.
But since it’s a teen fiction, that’s how most of the teenagers behave. The author has done a decent job over capturing the emotions of a teenager. The book is fast paced; there are hardly any unwanted characters or unwanted scenes. All the characters are there in the story because the story demands them. The author has not just filled the pages; she has made sure the entire characters primary or secondary serve a purpose.
Few books for me are hard to review. Because I fear I may be handing out spoilers if I say more, this book also falls in the same category. This book is hard to review for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn’t a great read but it also wasn’t a bad read. I wouldn’t hesitant in recommending the book for my friends. I rate this 3.5 stars.
Few of my favorite quotes from the book
“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.”
“Will you please tell me you love me? I’m dying here.”
“I’m saying I’m in love with you! I’ve been in love with you this whole bleeding year!”
“School of America in Paris” he explains. “SOAP”.
Nice. My father sent me here to be cleansed.”
“We both got our Point Zero wishes―each other. He said he wished for me every time.”
Title: Anna and the French kiss
Author: Stephenie Perkins
Year of Publication: 2010
Page Count: 372
Genre: Teen Fiction, Romance
Characters: Anna Oliphant, Etienne St.Claire
About the Author
Stephanie Perkins is an American author, known for her books Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and the New York Times bestseller Isla and the Happily Ever After. Perkins lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband Jarrod Perkins.