Mini Review Monday – Anna and the French Kiss (Spoiler Free)

Hey everyone! Here I am with another Mini Review Monday created by me, where you write a short review for a book/series you haven’t reviewed on your blog. Because either you read the book before you started blogging or you never got around to it. If you decide to participate in this new meme, please feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments below. Also! Let the people know if it’s a non-spoiler/spoiler review.

Title: Anna and the French Kiss (Book #1)
Series: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, YA
Published: December 2nd, 2010
Read: October 2014 (paperback, own)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

This book is added to my all time favorite books of my life. I feel like this is the perfect YA contemporary.

We meet Anna who lives in Atlanta but her father who’s an author (he gave me Nicholas Sparks vibes) sends her to boarding school in Paris. Anna isn’t looking forward to the move at all. However things change around once she meets people and gains new friends plus meets a boy in the city of love, Etienne St. Clair.

The only problem with Etienne is that he has a girlfriend and is also fighting his feelings with Anna. Which I found a tad bit problematic.

I loved how realistic Stephanie Perkins made these characters to be. Anna is taller than Etienne and she has a gap between her teeth. Etienne isn’t the best looking guy either, definitely not  your typical buff built teenager we tend to read in YA. We also meet other characters who range in diversity.

What I loved most was the setting. Stephanie definitely made me feel like I was in Paris whilst reading the book. I imagined everything vividly. Stephanie had the characters visit different tourist locations of Paris that was awesome to read about and imagine.

Although this is a YA Romance Contemporary, Stephanie also touches on other topics like family, inclusion, and friendship.

This is definitely a light fluffy read that I would recommend on any given day.

A Favorite Quote:

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

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49 thoughts on “Mini Review Monday – Anna and the French Kiss (Spoiler Free)

  1. I have a gap too! 🙂 I love Anna and the French Kiss. I read it a couple of years ago, as well as Lola and the Boy Next Door. Stephanie Perkins is a great writer. I really like this idea, writing a mini-review for a book you read before starting blogging. I might try this sometime. Great review 🙂 I agree with the setting. She really does bring you right in to Paris.

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  2. Awww… this is the daily dose of cute… 🙂 I’ll read it when one of those cute moods strikes me… which may never happen, because gore, horror, elves and co take up my time…:D But will keep an eye out for it in the library..

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  3. This series has always caught my eye, the covers & character names. It looks & sounds like the perfect light read we all need. I love that quote about home being a person, I’m a firm believer of this 😉

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  4. I have only heard great things about this book, and the other books Stephanie Perkins has written. I don’t know why I haven’t read it already– probably because my library doesn’t carry it. 😦 Almost all my reading comes from library books. I wish there was a eBook lending program!

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  5. So I have a very hard time with YA Contemporary these days. I don’t know if it is because I am pushing 30 and it just doesn’t apply to me anymore or what. Is it too much to ask for a well written YA contemporary that isn’t filled with cringe worthy clichés and tropes? I’ve actually only heard wonderful things about this book. The fact that the author creates a cast of REALISTIC characters and includes beautiful depictions of the setting makes me have hope for this one!

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  6. Great review for this book! Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favourite YA contemporaries as well, I love the characters and the story but above all I love the setting. I agree with what you said about the author taking us around the tourist locations as Anna and Etienne visited them and it really made this book stand out for me. I’ve been to Paris before a couple of times so reading this book was almost like getting to go back in a way! 😀
    Great review. 🙂

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