Michelle’s Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Michelle’s Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Usborne Publishing on 2014-01-01
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 380
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

During many blogger events, both online and in person, it became abundantly clear to me that the fans of this series are many and passionate. In fact, if the bloggers online hadn’t been as polite and nice during the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-thon, I would have felt completely on the outside for not having read this book.

I was introduced to this book by attending a local author event that just so happened to feature Stephanie Perkins as well as three other authors. I was drawn to the event by one of those other three, but the crowd had completely taken me aback. As it turned out during the autograph session, the line for Stephanie was insane, snaking through the shelves of the independent bookstore. Isla and the Happily Ever After had not yet been released (or I believe the set release date set) and still the fans of this series could barely contain themselves! I grabbed the paperback version of Anna and got it signed.

I say all this because it is not a book that I would have picked up without all the hype. I have become a lot more educated on my own taste in books. I know what books have a higher chance of hitting a home run for me than others. Typically, contemporary (young adult) romance is not one of those. But I have been surprised before and am always up to expanding my bookish horizons.

And this is where I now say that I liked it. It was cute and fun. However, it did not leave me gasping for more, or moving me to go pick up Lola and the Boy Next Door or Isla. I appreciate this book for what it is; a well-written and quirky romance told in first person in a fun setting. I brought this book with me on vacation, and had I had more time to read on that particular vacation it would have made the perfect poolside read.

I won’t go into the plot. You either already know it or can read the professional one created. In many ways, there was no suspense for me. The title, the buzz, the synopsis all give away any type of surprise that there might be. For some, it didn’t matter because the build-up was enough for them. For me, it made the book just a three-star read for me. Regardless, I can foresee myself recommending this book to those that are looking for something in particular. It has such a proven reputation and if you’re looking for a nice, simple romance, then this would definitely be like finding your favorite movie in an old cinema.

pj - michelle