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?
When purchasing books I strongly urge you to check if they are a part of a series. Stephanie Perkins has written 3 adorable books, Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the recent Isla and the Happily Ever After. I had no clue they were a part of a series. I just thought they all had adorabley similar names. So I read Lola and the Boy Next Door first. If you’ve read the books in these series you know that they aren’t 100% linked to each other, but they have elements of each other in them. So in Lola and the Boy Next Door the main character, Lola, works with Anna at their local movie theater. So Anna and St. Clair are in the book, but it’s not like it’s totally based on them because Lola does her own thing and now I’m just rambling, you get the point, moving on.
So since I read Lola first I was afraid that it would’ve ruined things in Anna and the French Kiss for me, but boy was I wrong. This book is beautiful, and amazing, and did I mention beautiful? A Southern American thrown into France to attend her senior year where she meets an amazingly hot boy with a British accent. What’s not to love?
Like I said before, Stephanie Perkins’ writing is just adorable. I absolutely love it! This contemporary romance had me feeling all the feels and I couldn’t put it down. Not even to sleep. I read the majority of it in one day because it was just all I could do, then I finished the rest at work. Sshhh don’t tattle 😉
The way I tell if I know I’m reading a romance that I love is by the amount of “awwws” I say and how many tears I shed. With Anna there was a lot of both. And by tears I of course mean happy tears. I’m a total sap what can I say.
Étienne St. Clair is the perfect book boyfriend (although since I read Lola first Cricket Bell will always have a special place in my heart). He’s charming and totally swoon-worthy, but he’s not perfect either. Perfection is scary in my opinion. But the chemistry between Anna and St. Clair is to die for. And since he has a girlfriend and their romance feels slightly forbidden it makes everything oh so juicy and keeps you craving more.
I recommend Anna and the French Kiss to everyone. If you don’t have a thing for contemporaries, this is the book to change your mind, and if you love contemporaries then voila! Anna is just what you need.