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It begins with Anna being forced to move to Paris for the school year, which I could relate to having moved to different states in the course of two years. Nobody wants to have to start all over, let alone in a new country where they don't speak English.
I love stories where the characters meet and it's instant chemistry, whether it be friendships, love, or even a hate chemistry. And Anna and St. Clair is one of my favorites out of them all.
I'm a sucker for Brits, so put in a cute guy with an accent who calls his mom, "mum," and Anna, "Ah-nah," and I'm in deep.
This story was so riveting and chalked up with romance, I was constantly smiling through every page. My heart beat faster when Anna's did and whenever she laughed I found myself doing the same.
The only think I didn't enjoy was the petty fights between everyone. It's not really the story itself, just mostly how I hate how girls "Call" guys, not allowing the guy to even make the decision if he likes one of them, or none. It gets annoying; stop turning against each other, just chill out, and be nice.
When it comes down to it all though, I give this book a 4/5. The diction was beautiful, scenery made me feel like I was in Paris, and the chemistry was divine. If this book is the closest I'll get to Paris, I am quite content with that.
I really enjoyed all of the different character's personalities. Anna was so completely lost at the beginning of the story and I really felt for her. I would be really scared to be in a completely different place where I didn't know the language and I didn't know anyone, and I'm 32! She's only a teenager! St. Clair was equal parts sweet and completely frustrating for me. I HATED that he had a girlfriend for almost the entire story. I'm not a fan of cheaters. He ran so hot and cold with Anna but somehow expected her to understand that his behavior meant he cared about her....but refused to break up with his girlfriend. He also had some really sweet moments with her, and was really protective of her. It also made me a little mad that even though he refused to leave his girlfriend for her, he didn't want her dating anyone else. Sooo, she was supposed to wait around for him to make up his mind? Nope. I don't blame her for trying to move on.
In typical young adult fashion, there is a lot of friendship drama, with both her Paris friends and also her friends back home in Atlanta. I don't remember having too much friendship drama when I was a teenager but I know it was definitely a thing. It all felt pretty realistic. There's bound to be trouble when both you and your friend like the same guy. Along with the friendship drama, there was a lot of parent drama. Both St. Clair and Anna have "jerk dads" but we don't hear much more about them other than "he's a jerk". We know a little more about St. Clair's father, who definitely earns the jerk title, but I would have liked to know what made Anna's dad a bad guy.
I've never been to Paris, but it is one of those places one my bucket list, so I'm always interested in reading books that take place there. I mean, who doesn't swoon a little over a cute accent?! I really enjoyed reading about Anna discovering parts of the city. She spent most of her time at the theater but she talks about visiting different places and monuments too. This one is good for a case of wanderlust, that's for sure.
Unfortunately, I didn't end up loving this one as much as I had hoped, and I am definitely the unpopular opinion with that feeling. haha! I think this one was a case of "it's not you, it's me". I really enjoyed the parts of the story about discovering Paris, but St. Clair and Anna drove me a little nuts. With as much back and forth that happened between them throughout the story, by the time they finally got together I was already over it. lol! Maybe I'm just burnt out on young adult?? I'm not sure. I may still give the others in the series a try one day.
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[Originally read in June 2014]
Oh, I forgot how much I loved this book.
I’ve must have said this a thousand times in my reading life (that being all my life), but I am not a fan of cheesy love stories. At all. So you can only imagine how much I originally held off from reading this book because UGH, the title is so cringey.
So you can also imagine my surprise when I fell in love with this story.
And for the second time, it happened again.
Right from the start you can tell this is a quick read. I mean, it’s a contemporary, with a typical light and fluffy love story, so it’s bound to be a quick read anyway. But the story is told through Anna’s voice, with the chatty storytelling really shining through. There’s also a lot of dialogue, most being witty or full of humour, so it’s very easy to get caught up in the pages. Even though I’d read it before and knew just how quick I could read this book (I read it in one sitting the first time round), I thought having college work would slow me down. And it did…but it still only took me a couple of days to read. Despite me being a slow reader, and the book being 400 pages.
Now, I can’t really say I relate to Anna’s situation. Moving to a boarding school in Paris? Can’t say I’ve done that, personally. But I somehow feel like it’s done realistically, even though I don’t have any personal experiences to compare with. She seemed as nervous and frightened as I can imagine myself being in the same situation, when being left alone in an entirely new country. She was frustrated, hopeless, resentful…and yet dealt with it in the exact same way I believe I would. There was just enough curiosity mixed with nerves. It didn’t become dull to read about at all, because it’s really easy to imagine yourself in her situation.
It actually really bothers me how the synopsis makes it sound like just another love story and “oh he’s already taken whatever shall I do how can our love blossom?!?” because to me it felt like so much more than that. Of course, it IS a love story. It’s not advertised as anything other because that’s simply what it is. But like I said before, I don’t usually like love stories unless they’re mixed with an epic fantasy story or something similar, so for me to adore this one? Well, there must be something about it.
I laughed so many times during this book. And I don’t mean the slight breathing-extra-air-through-your-nose type laugh. I mean full on tried-to-hold-it-in-but-failed chuckling that would have me trying to conceal my smile in public so I didn’t look odd type laugh. I don’t even know what it was. The characters just seemed to have the exact same sense of humour as me, and witty conversations always win me over.
“Girl scouts didn’t teach me what to do with emotionally unstable drunk boys.”
Oh, and I suppose it helps that I absolutely adored all of the characters.
Important factor right there.
Another important factor for me…NO CRINGE WORTHY LINES THAT MADE ME WANT TO SHRIVEL UP AND THROW THE BOOK ACROSS THE ROOM!!! A blessing in disguise.
At times this book was adorable, funny, awkward, adventurous, infuriating in the best way possible, and honestly – to use one of those very well used phrases – a real rollercoaster of emotions. There were many times I wanted to slam the book shut and sulk about the situations like a child who didn’t get their way…but then I knew I wouldn’t be able to just leave it there, so I’d just mutter “noooo” under my breath painfully and carry on. There were times I wanted to squeal like a very stereotypical fangirl, and I’d have to clench my teeth together to avoid it. Times when I’d want to facepalm on behalf of the characters, feeling embarrassed for their awkwardness or missed opportunities.
And to put it simply?
I just loved this book. Even more so the second time round.
Anna Oliphant has been sent to Paris for her senior year of high school, tearing her away from her best friend and a blossoming romance with one of her cinema co-workers. Stuck in a boarding school, knowing no one, speaking no French whatsoever, she thinks things probably won’t get much suckier.
Anna is such an awesome character. She’s very funny and passionate and the only time I kind of wanted to give her a poke was when she continued to moon about over St Clair when he showed no sign whatsoever of wanting to pick a girl. I was like, ‘Kick him to the curb! Forget about him!’ I was kind of glad she didn’t in the end, though. St Clair was swoony, but at times I was like, ‘Dude, just piss or get off the pot. Pick. A. Girl’
The supporting characters were fun, too. Anna’s mum was really cool and the description of her dad had me in stitches, because he’s so obviously an amalgam of a few authors that I’m sure we all recognise.
Yeah, I liked this one.
You can read the full review here: http://reviewdiaries.blogspot.fr/2014...
I needed this book. In fact I probably needed this book a few months ago when I first moved to France, but hey, better late than never. This book just called out to me in so many ways, it made me laugh and cry and repeatedly put Anna in situations that I’ve been in and I felt for her so much. I moved to France at the end of October last year. I had mildly more control over it than Anna does in the book, but I spoke about the same amount of French as she does, and the entire thing terrified me.
It is so reassuring when you’re reading a book and you see situations and scenarios that are close to you, and you’re able to read them and go ‘hey, this is ok, I am not being ridiculous for feeling like this!’ And when Anna spent her first few weeks hiding in the school and not exploring Paris, and eating bread and fruit because she was too afraid to try and order food in French, I wanted to hug her and tell her I know exactly how you feel and I promise you it gets better.
This book basically felt like a mutual hug. I wanted to hug Anna, and it felt like in return the book was hugging me and telling me that it would all be ok and I would love this strange, crazy city and understand this language and that the experiences would be something I would look back on and cherish. So my review is pretty much guaranteed to be a love letter to this book that felt like a life raft at just the point that I needed it.
To sum it up Anna and the French Kiss is a totally cute and adorable read about a girl falling in love in the city of romance, Paris. To be honest I was really dubious going into to this story because it had so many good reviews and it was slightly over hyped and I was scared that it was going to be one of those books that every one else seems to love but I don't. But that was definitely not the case.
This book just ticked all the right boxes and I am literally head over heels in love with it. It was perfect on so many levels. The characters were gorgeous and not always perfect so they felt more real. I love that it was set in Paris because it just automatically created a romantic atmosphere throughout the entire story. It was a chick-lit story that there were so many 'aww' moments and moments when you were just rooting for all the characters to have their own little happy endings and things to be resolved. You get so caught up in the story that it makes you itch for more.
It was exactly what I needed to read; fun, cheerful, and, for a teenage romance, surprisingly un-cheesy.
It's not often that I come across a female protagonist that I actually like, but I really liked Anna. She perfectly reminded me how awful and how brilliant it was to be a teenager. Her growth through-out the book is great because it's subtle; she doesn't come out the other side a completely different person. She's still Anna, just a little bit more mature, a little wiser and a lot more confident. It's the journey every teenager wants and needs to make.
Paris as a setting was lovely. One thing I loved about Perkins' writing style is that shes actually quite frugal with her words and doesn't spend paragraphs and pages on descriptions, but she still manages to bring out the beauty of the city and that's pretty impressive. I can honestly say that France has never appealed to me as a place to visit, but now? I'd love to pop over to Paris and spend a day wandering around the Latin Quarter.
Étienne... Oh, Étienne. I think everyone fell a little bit in love with him. He's not perfect; he's not 6ft2, with glorious pectorals and a world stopping smile. He's an attractive boy whose charisma and personality make up much of the appeal. It's refreshing. It's realistic. And, I am definitely more than a little bit in love. Alas, where was my Étienne when I was 18?
Go read this if you want to come away smiling. I promise you won't regret it
Anna has the worst father ever. He is making her leave her home in Atlanta to spend the year living and learning in SOAP (the School of America in Paris). She has to leave her family, her friends and the boy that she sort of might have a thing with…well it was looking that way before she was forced to go away from everything that she loves.
Determined to dislike everything about France, Anna is initially lonely but when she starts to make friends with her classmates she realises that European life isn’t all that bad…and the guys are pretty good looking too.
But will the people in Anna’s life back in Georgia wait for her?
It is not often that I will be so emphatic about a book but I have to say that Anna and the French Kiss was one of the best YA books that I have read ever. I absolutely bloody loved it.
What I loved about Anna and the French Kiss was the mixture of trivial problems mixed with real life. Anna is dealing with your average teenage issues with the added extras of not speaking the language and missing home. The other themes – cancer, overbearing parents, break ups, bullying – they are all in this novel. Perkins manages to give a well rounded account of the daily worries of teenagers. She gives a voice to them and she does it so well.
I became so invested in Anna’s story. I whooped with joy when she got the boy; I became protective over her when she was betrayed by friends and I feel like I felt everything she went through. To me, that is the sign of good storytelling.
Paris was the perfect setting for this teen romance and allowed this Francophile to indulge in her love of all things French.
Now on to Lola and the Boy Next Door.
Review; When I saw the name and cover of this book I was like; "Ugh, chick-lit to the max!" When I started reading this book I was still not sure about it, but when I finished this book several hours later I was like; "Wow, when can I get the next one?" Whilst this book is still chick-lit it is not boring, dull, or completely cliché! At least in my opinion it's not.
I did have a bit of a problem with the beginning. Anna seemed like one of those, "I have everything, but I hate everything and complain about everything" characters. Thank goodness she wasn't! She wasn't too whiny, but she did complain a bit too much in places, but she understood that in the end. Which eventually led me to like those flaws.
The people had flaws! Nobody was perfect which I loved! I fell in love with all the main characters, but I liked Etienne, Anna and Rashimi best!
Looking at this book you'd probably think "what a load of fluff" but I'm happy to tell you you'd be wrong! There's some fluff, that's to be expected, but it is also a great book that doesn't just focus on a relationship. This is a great book, I'd totally recommend it!
I love Anna and St. Clair, and their story was adorable. But I felt like, the whole time, I was waiting for things to heat up. There was such a fantastic potential for building sexual chemistry and intense frustration, but, I think, the most physical they got, until the very end, was the touching of legs in the cinema... I know not everybody likes sexual frustration in a book, but I do, and for me, this was a gaping hole in Anna and Étienne's story.
'We're both aware that he knows everything about Parisian life, whereas I have he savvy of a chocolate croissant.'
Don't get me wrong, it was a very cute book. I did really enjoy it. As a Brit myself, I loved Étienne's `Britisms' and Anna's reactions. Yes, I say trousers, pants and shite! I don't find them remotely amusing, so I find it totally amusing that an American thinks that's funny! It had me LOL'ing on many occaisions and was a great light hearted read.
The surrounding characters played a huge part. Meredith was fab and I enjoyed the typical high school dynamics... the stereotypes; the snobby popular girl, the douche bag jock, etc. I love a good frienship group within a story... great one liners, canteen dramatics, witty interactions and the mandatory all-knowing sense-talking mutual friends. The dynamics of Anna's SOAP friendship group is no exception.
'The grapes are smaller than I'm used to, and the skin is slightly textured. Is that dirt? I dip my napkin in water and dab at the tiny purple globes. It helps, but they're still sort of rough. Hmm. St. Clair and Meredith stop talking. I glance up to find them staring at me in matching bemusement.
"Nothing," he says. "Continue your grape bath."'
St. Clair and Anna's relationship was totally charming. I loved seeing their connection develop and their `friendship' form. How could she not fall for St. Clair? He was soooo adorable, taking her to romantic places, making her feel welcome... agh, love him and all his posh English gentleman-ness!
'POINT ZÉRO DEC ROUTES DE FRANCE
"Mademoiselle Oliphant. It translates to `Point zero of the roads of France.' In other words, it's the point from which all other distances in France are measured. It's the beginning of everything. Welcome to Paris, Anna. I'm glad you've come."'
So, in conclusion, this was a lovely story. A very `vanilla', innocent, love story. For mepersonally, there wasn't enough steam, where I think there was super-steam-potential!! Stolen touches, whispered secrets, subtle flirting... this story lent itself to all of that. But if that doesn't bother you, Anna and the French Kiss is totally adorable and hilariously funny.
'"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.
By Smitten's Book Blog
Stephanie Perkins is a literary genius. There are so many things that I love about this book and one of those is the way it is written. I love her writing style. She has managed to write the most adorable, yet slightly frustrating, book that will make you laugh and cry, possibly at the same time. She has become an auto-buy author for me after just one book.
I love all of the characters. Somehow all of the main and secondary characters in the book were relatable and likeable. From the feisty main character, to the confused love interest, to the jealous best friend, there is something in all of the characters you can relate to. Anna was a great main character and I loved that she was not afraid to stand up for herself or her friends.
The Paris setting was perfect. I have never been to Paris but having read this book, I feel like I have. It was full of descriptions of the city that were so beautifully written you felt like you were there yourself.
There was more to the story than just Anna and St Clair’s relationship. I really enjoyed the background stories to this book. Not only was there a focus on romantic relationships but relationships with friends and family were also an important aspect. These background stories added a more serious note in some cases and reminded readers that life can be tough.
I loved the slow-building relationship instead on insta-love. Yes, this did mean angst and I definitely wanted them to just hurry up and be together but I did enjoy that they didn’t rush into anything. The fact that they grew to be best friends before there was any romantic involvement was refreshing to read about.
I am not entirely sure whether I approve of the “cheating” aspect. This is the only thing I didn’t really like with this book. St Clair has a girlfriend throughout the majority of the book while clearly developing feelings for Anna. I found this a bit unpleasant to read about as I felt for Ellie, St Clair’s girlfriend, and found myself wishing they would just break up, as that would have been more comfortable to read.
Overall, I love this book. Stephanie Perkins has done an incredible job of writing a cute and funny story, which will forever be one of my favourites. The characters were very fun to read about and they will always have a place in my heart.
Anna is a teenager who begrudgingly shipped to a boarding school in Paris. Although most teenagers her age would be overjoyed at being parent free in one the most romantic cities in the world, with not to mention an extremely active night life. But all Anna can think muster, aside from a healthy annoyance at both her parents, is the sadness of missing her best friend Bridgette and the "almost" boyfriend Toph.
At the School of America in Paris (SOAP) she meets Rashmi, Josh, Meredith and last, but most certainly not least, Etienne St. Clair.
Anna was a character bursting with personality, humor and kindness. I loved her straight from the off and couldn't wait for her to find her true happily ever after.
The chemistry between her and Etienne was palpable almost from the word, and why the two bothered fighting it will always remain somewhat of a mystery. More often than not I found myself wishing I could reach into the screen of my iPad to bash there heads together, hoping this would be sufficient to give them a clue as to what they were missing. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful in defeating the laws of physics, which left me with the only option of pursuing their story through the pages of Anna and the French Kiss.
Stephanie Perkins added several undercurrent themes to this contemporary romance making it all the more real to me as a reader. The family difficulties and relationships that arose with all the characters added another dimension and complication to the not so simple and straightforward path of love. The author also reminded me that misunderstanding do not solely occur amongst those who speak different languages. Sometimes a simple miscommunication leads to a mountain of problems that could have been all spared have those involved dialoged effectively.
Despite my slight annoyance at the characters clear lack of speed at understanding each other, I very much enjoyed this book. I was immediately gripped by Stephanie Perkins's style of writing and the dilemma that presented itself between Anna and St.Clair.
Anna and the French Kiss was romantic, but with just enough colourful and humorous language to make it a realistic romance a lot of us could relate to. I particularly liked how Stephanie Perkins depicted a contemporary romance with enough truth to reflect reality whilst still maintaining a true-love-happily-ever-after feel. The language and style of writing had me laughing at every cinema and corner bistro of Paris. The mixture of British, French and American sense of humor was beautifully done and very comical, and I love it.
The parisian background to this wonderfully frustrating romance could not have been more perfect. Stephanie Perkins took Anna and myself on a tour of Paris, and submerged us both in parisian literature, culture and history; occasionally draped with American interpretation and humor.
The natural romantic air of Paris, two characters' undeniable but begrudging attraction, family issues, misunderstandings and the right does of sarcasm, were the wonderful combination that made Anna and the French Kiss an absolutely lovely read.
I wanted to make sure that my first book in 2013 was a fun happy read and I am pleased to say that Anna and the French Kiss was exactly that. The setting was lovely, the characters were fun and the overall book was just a joy to read. This is the third book in the last month that I have read that takes place in Paris and I am dying to return there now. I obviously missed tons of places I should have gone to the first time.
"Welcome to Paris, Anna. I'm glad you've come."
Anna finds herself being forced by her father to spend her senior year of high school in Paris. While others would jump at the chance Anna doesn't fancy the idea at all. She is very closed off and is scared of even leaving the dorms for the first couple of weeks. Thankfully she meets the girl in the room next to hers, Meredith, who introduces Anna to her group of friends. There is Josh and Rashmi who are a couple and Étienne (Eh-t-yen) St. Clair. aaahhhh Étienne St. Clair *swoon* What a wonderful character. St. Clair (as his friends call him) is unfortunately dating another friend of the group, Ellie, but she graduated the year before and now that she is in college has stopped hanging around them all. It is always St. Clair who goes to visit her as her college is nearby.
Slowly Anna and St. Clair get closer and closer and you can see a real friendship building. Then you can see that friendship turning into romantic feelings. Since St. Clair has a girlfriend and Anna has a boy back home that she is hoping will wait for her... they have to navigate their feelings without hurting the others in their lives.
"There are few things worse than having feelings for someone you shouldn't, and I don't like where my thoughts were headed."
I really enjoyed the chemistry between Anna and Étienne. It is a tricky situation in a book when one of the characters is dating somebody else because I would never condone cheating. But thankfully Perkins was able to write the story in a way that the relationship was gradual and no real lines were crossed. I never felt uncomfortable with what was happening and of course you are wishing for them to end up together so really a few blurred lines are acceptable.
"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 the thing that is best for me."
This was my first book by Stephanie Perkins but I do plan on reading her others. Lola and the Boy Next Door is out now and Isla and the Happily Ever After is due out in May 2013. Isla is actually in Anna and the French Kiss so it will be nice to visit that character again. From what I can tell from the synopsis it appears all of the characters from these three books are somehow connected yet it doesn't appear to be a true trilogy. So it may be okay to read them as a standalone or as a series.
oooOOOooohhhh and I just wanted to add... this is one book that I would love to be rewritten from Étienne's point of view. There are so many times when he is away with his girlfriend, Ellie, and it would be nice to see how their relationship starts to change as his friendship with Anna grows. It would be a little hard in the start seeing him happy with Ellie but then again he can't have been that happy... not really...
"Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?"
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Anna is sent away to boarding school in Paris by her author father. She can't speak a word of French, doesn't want to leave her best friend and she is convinced she will hate it. The book follows her year in Paris- her friendships, her 'long distance relationship' with Toph, adapting to a culture different to her own and of course, that teen staple of first love.
Etienne St. Clair is possibly the closest I have come to a full on book crush since Mr Rochester. His floppy hair, his small stature, his insecurities-everything about him is attractive and I was falling head over heels in love with him. No wonder every girl at SOAP is mesmerised by him. In my eyes he's Harry Styles- cheeky, well liked and full of little quirks which only make him more irresistible. I can't imagine that there is any girl out there strong enough to fight the Etienne feels. And I'll be honest, I didn't want to. And he loves books! I mean, is there anything more attractive than a boy who loves books?! No! Except a beautiful, charming, swoonsome boy who loves books, of course...
However, it wasn't just Etienne that won me over. I loved Anna, her teen angst spilling off the page, feeling like the proverbial fish out of water in an unfamiliar environment. The rest of their friendship group were also quirky, likeable and a tightknit team- they are well crafted characters that I wholeheartedly cared about. I also loved the plot, the 'will they/won't they?' of Anna and Etienne and the glamorous Paris setting.
Overall, Anna and the French Kiss is an atmospheric read perfect for dreamy romantics like me. Stephanie Perkins took me right back to those awkward days of teen crushes, the agony, the ecstacy, the power of it all.
Anna attends boarding school in Paris (jealous!), but she deeply wishes that she was back home in America with her family. On her first evening there, she meets Meredith; a friendly senior who seems to have it all. At first, Anna feels alone and small in the big beautiful city but it was quite clear that within a matter of chapters, she’d soon feel right at home.
I need to talk about St. Clair – oh my! Now, he is a book boyfriend which you’d love to have in real life. When Anna and St. Clair meet for the first time, the chemistry between them is gorgeous! They’re destined to be together but in the Fictional world, it’s never that simple – is it? Anna’s continuation to put herself down is highly realistic. She’s a teenager after all. She doesn’t think she’s the prettiest girl on campus nor does she think she’s going to win the heart of St. Clair but I absolutely loved her. She’s an extremely delightful character to read about. More of Anna please!
When Anna And The French Kiss ended, I didn’t know what to do. I certainly can’t wait to read more of Stephanie’s books.
I thought it was nice how St. Clairmont isn't the perfect handsome guy, he has many flaws! Anna is a bit moany at times but she grows to appreciate that the world doesn't revolve around her. The students in the book Are generally hard working and have goals in their life which is inspiring. Also Anna doesn't make a big deal about being a virgin, it's not preachy or really focused on but I thought it was refreshing.
the book makes me want to go to Paris and see the world!