Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna And The French Kiss

byStephanie Perkins

Paperback | August 4, 2011

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Anna can't wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

"Magical. Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love." - Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series

Anna and the French Kiss charms [readers] with its Parisian setting and très bien boy.”

"Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." - Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author

"Tantalizing pacing, sparkling repartee, vibrant supporting characters . . ." - Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

"Imagine a mug of rich, thick hot chocolate. Now add a swirl of sweet whipped cream. Yummy? Oui. Well, Anna and the French Kiss is richer, sweeter, and--yes--even hotter. You're in for a very special treat." --Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of Peace, Love and Baby Ducks and Let It Snow
Stephanie Perkins ( lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Title:Anna And The French KissFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:August 4, 2011Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780142419403

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love/Hate Etienne and Anna First read this book in my early teens. It was cute and fluffy. Thought it was amazing. I was swept away by the romance. Read it again after several years and it was quite a reality check. Couldn't handle the idiocy of the characters.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This is a very easy read with a somewhat interesting setting. The characters are not very memorable but it was a good summer read with a bit of a swoony romance.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed It The beginning was kind of slow for me but towards the middle, the book got much better. This book made me want to take a trip to France even though I don't know a single in French. Some parts of you could easily predict what was going to happen but I still found myself unable to put the book down. I really liked it overall and have recommended it to a few friends.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my favorite book! I read this book about 2 times and I loved how everything was.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Loved this book, it was the perfect read for summer.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Good The pettiest characters and the most disinteresting story. I would recommend LilyCReads rant review on youtube because she basically nailed every negative aspect of this book.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book pretty much drew me into European travel books. The writing was great and I really felt connected to the characters
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from waw One of the best chick lit I have ever read! must try
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Forgettable When I first read this I was quite naïve about some of the aspects of a unhealthy relationship, but looking back on it now I see that the love between Anna and Etienne was a bit toxic. The whole thing started with him basically cheating on his current girlfriend with Anna, who was honestly quite stupid. It wasn't all that realistic either and the characters weren't memorable. However, if you're looking for a read you could do in an hour without much thinking involved or an unrealistic story of teenage love, I would check this out.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK My friend snuck this book in my suitcase before I went on vacation, knowing I would need a book to read. And let me just say...I LOVE THIS BOOK. The world and characters are relatable and so FUNNY. The wit alone will keep you hooked on the story.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Can't get enough of this book! Have read it a dozen times. So good!
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book!! I bought this book on a whim in August of 2015 when I was in a serious book funk. I was reading books but I wasn't reading anything that I really enjoyed. So when I read this book it got me out of my book funk and then some! Whenever I need a little pick me up I read this book and it makes me feel better. I love the characters in this book! Anna and Étienne are so great together and I love their adventures in Paris. It is very much worth reading!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from it's a no from me. where do i even start with this book. there are just so many annoying things in this book but the number one most irritating aspect of this book is ANNA. I could not stand her as a protagonist. she is so insanely ignorant. like... she really thought that people in france don't watch movies. like... she was actually surprised to see cinemas... in PARIS. i don't know if that was supposed to be quirky ?? but i just thought it was stupid. if you want to know how NOT to write a character, please look at anna as an example. also... etienne is not charming at all. he's like 5'4. i'm sorry boys but... c'mon... (just kidding but he is a cheater so we hate him.)
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE BOOK SERIES EVER i have read this series countless times and each time i swear it is better than the last,the third book in the series is my personal favourite but nonetheless this book is equally as amazing take the time to read it and then maybe if your like me read it a few more times
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Adorable!! “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” I'm usually not a fan of contemporary books, so me giving this book 5 stars is HUGE! Anna and the French Kiss is one of the cutest and most perfect books I've ever read. It honestly spoke to me in such volumes, I could relate to the main character and I really admire the author's writing. Anna is sent (against her wishes) to an American School in France. Having to give up her best friend, her crush, and her favourite brother. When Anna makes friends with the girl across the hall, Meredith, she invites Anna to join her and her friend. Etienne is one of a kind, he's handsome, American with a British accent, and flirty beyond compare. The only problem is that Etienne has a girlfriend, and Meredith has had a crush on him for years. The romance in this story is absolutely perfect. I loved how Anna was described as a fairly average girl, yet she still managed to catch Etienne's eye. Even though there was a bit of insta-love, the romance in this book was fairly realistic, usually when you fall in love there is something stopping you from being together, and Etienne's relationship was the biggest reason, as well as other smaller reasons. My favourite part of this book was the travel aspect. It was so wonderful to read about Anna coming out of her shell and exploring France. The settings were described so well, I could feel as if I was standing in Paris myself. The feelings Anna had, brought me back to my travels throughout Europe, at first feeling that difference crashing around you, but then you start getting used to the new area and falling in love with the city. Ugh it was absolutely perfect. The only thing that I didn't love about this book, was near the end when Etienne still hasn't broken up with Ellie. While I loved it at the beginning, near the end it was being clear that he did not love Ellie anymore and it was just horrible to watch him drag on his relationship with Ellie. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary, or just loves to travel throughout Europe and would like to be taken on a trip back.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable Such a great fluffy read. Love watching the character learn and develop. A definite must read for any contemporary YA lovers
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I absolutely loved this book! The characters are so amazing, great plot, very well written!!! It is such a cute story with some funny parts! One of my all time favourite books! I could not put it down! I recomend it to EVERYONE who loves a cute love story!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from i got lost half way through it was a decent book, but being a fan of more fantasy and adventure, this book wasn't to my liking. its very "realistic" as apposed to the fiction that i enjoy
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! My friend recommended this book to me and now I'm in love with it! Such a cute book
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute story! Loved this book! Very funny, and made me want to go to Paris! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved everything about this book!
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was one of the best books I have ever read I never reread books, but after I read this book I can't just put it down. After I reread it once I have to reread it over and over again. This book is the cutest book ever. It gives you those "feels" and it's one of the few books that gives me those strong feels. I love this book and I wish that in the other books that there was more about this couple because I refer this book over the other two by and land slide but the other ones are very well done as well. In this book you develop a love for Anna but also Etienne and i wish there was more write about them together, which is probably why I reread it so much because I crave more of them together, but nonetheless this book is amazing and I recommend buying this book if you are looking to get those "feels" or if you are just into romantic and cute books.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It was a sweetread and I really enjoyed, however it was my least favourite of this companion series
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is like reading Christmas I read this book years ago and I'm so glad I did. I seemed to stumble upon it and after reading it couldn't recommend it to enough people. Reading this book is like reading the first Christmas you remember, all warm feelings and excitement, and even thinking about it puts you in a better mood.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute! A good, light read. #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute! A good, light read. #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute!!! This book gave me so many adorable feels. Made me laugh, and really really wish i was in Paris. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Annoying This book is very bad. Immature, annoying, hypocritical and not cute at all.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It It's totally a cliche teen read but I love this book so much. It's a fun read that I always come back to.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Not totally spectacular but a very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute Read! Can I just start by saying that Etienne St. Clair sounds like an absolute dreamboat? Move over Anna, he’s mine! I could listen to that accent of his all day long and never get tired of it. This book had everything short of being a picture perfect fairy tale, especially considering the fact that it all takes place in the City of Love. Of course Anna and St. Clair had their ups and downs, and kept missing opportunities to be together, but that’s why their story was so perfect. After carefully tiptoeing around their feelings for a year, they finally confessed their undying love for each other. My poor heart could barely take it at that point! I loved the connections that Anna made with Meredith, Rashmi and Josh as well, because they essentially became her emotional rocks for when she was stewing in her confusing feelings for St. Clair. Her friendships really helped ground her character, especially as she was treading carefully in unfamiliar territory. One character I absolutely did not care for was Ellie. She was constantly messing with St. Clair’s head, and their relationship was a sinking ship from the get-go. This book also brought up a lot of important issues relevant to those who have gone through or dealt with separations and divorces. It also hints at some child abuse *cough cough* both emotional and possibly physical. There were also a lot of teen issues brought up such as bullying, stereotypes, self-esteem, relationships, sex, etc. This is a great read for anyone looking for something light-hearted and fun!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing! So fluffy! And it's set in France!!!!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Really easy and fun read, the way it's written really puts you in Anna's head and makes you feel how she feels. I will say that before I read this book, I was told it makes it seem like cheating is exciting and fun - not once did I get that vibe from this book. I feel like it was very clear throughout the book that cheating is NOT okay, but an explanation of that would take too long. It's not a perfect book, there are some minor flaws with it, but it was extremely enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a nice teen romance.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay? I found the plot rather problematic and the main character really annoying and overly jealous. But I still found some parts enjoyable
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE One of my favourite books! Everything I love from friends to romance and drama. I couldn't put it down, finished it in one sitting
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute Light, funny and incredibly cute! Anyone who loves YA will want to read this book. Paris, romance, and movies; what more could you ask for in a book?
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was the book that got me to start reading books again. Very cute story.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it! I had a few problems with the plot but it was an overall enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So romantic! Reading this book made me feel butterflies in my stomach
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ON OF THE BEST ROMANCE CONTEMPORARIES The minute I started reading this book I was in love. I love every aspect of this book: the characters, the setting in PARIS!!! the ROMANCE!! I want to read it again and again and again! 100% RECOMMEND!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute summer read! I really enjoyed this book. I read it during the booktube-a-thon and it was amazing.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cheesy Not a bad plot, but Anna was annoying and hypocritical.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised I received this as a gift and I thought it would be really bad and cheesey because of the title, BUT don't judge a book by it's cover because it was amazing.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO ROMANTIC AND BEAUTIFUL This book is SOOO romantic, cute, funny and I would seriously and highly recommend it to anyone who loves romance!!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK It kept me reading until the end to see how things would turn out for Anna, but there was too much salivating over the boy and I did not like how she treated her friends.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book I really liked this light contemporary novel. It was fun and I loved the setting!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES PLEASE This book!!!!!! it is amazing! the characters, the writing, I'm hooked!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Romance Book Just started to read a few more romance books, and this is a really good one to start with if you're into romance. It's cheesy at times but really cute and a quick and easy read. Enjoyable!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from im inlove This book is worth reading in one sitting. It is soooooo good and it will make you smile throughout the whole book. Another good thing is it's in Paris!!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it Good read for an afternoon, it was cheesy but cute.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AW I love this book so much. I love how it feels like you are going around Paris and the chracters are all so amazing. An amazing read.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't the best but not bad I mean the story itself was fine I guess, but it was mostly the main character I was kind of annoyed by. But I mean what do you want me to say, it's a love story, and it's hard not to make something cheesy
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT This is one of the few books I could just not put down. The characters are well developed and I love the idea. This book was near perfect and not too serious. If you like reading, this book it for you.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it The writing was amazing , i wish i would find somebody like st-clair , the book makes me wanna go to paris and visit that bookshop and the foutain . #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute So adorable and such a nice palette cleanser!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read Purchased this book for a cute summer read. I'm very glad I did!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! This was such a cute book!! I loved the story, the characters were great and I couldn't put the book down! It made me happy I just really really enjoyed it Highly recommend!!!!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute book! I was looking for a cute, light-hearted love story and this was the one! I judged it on the cover and title though (because of the Eiffel tower and the colors). It was exactly what I thought it would be about!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really sweet Fluff and stuff. Really great light reading
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely This books makes you want to go to Paris. The love story is nice too. It's a very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely lovely Something I loved about this book (and the whole series) is that the heroes are REAL PEOPLE. They aren't teenage boys with 24 pack abs who are 8 feet tall and more beautiful than a Greek god. They're real and beautiful to the protagonist because of that. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Anna and the French Kiss was a perfectly fluffy novel. It embodied the struggles of love and high school relationships. I felt connected to each character and was genuinely invested in their individual plots. I particularly related to Anna, especially with her situation with her father. 5/5.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Couldn't put the book down! It had everything : beautiful humour, the most adorable and beautiful scenes that get your heart fluttering with some strong angst and drama. It was everything you want in a contemporary novel! finished it in one sitting!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Loved every second of it. Perkins writing was excellent, couldn't put the book down. Continuously had me hooked with the interesting characters and perfect storylines.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it cute summer read.... LOVE ST.CLAIR
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO amazing I never usually read contemporary books, but then I decided to give this a try and it COMPLETELY BLEW MY MIND. It was so amazing and i enjoyed it so much (ESPECIALLY ETIENNE)!!!!!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This is such a cute quick summer read! Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD!!! This book it truly amazing, it has terrific content and the storyline blew me away!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from V. Good If you like cute romance that will force your toes to curl up into themselves, this is for you. Though it is a bit tropey, with [SPOILER!!!!] Etienne refusing to break up with his girlfriend for SO LONG [END SPOILER!!] but overall a very enjoyable read!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from jadore! This book is so cute. It's a feel good read for whenever you're feeling down.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AHHHHH This book is everything one would want in a typical romantic comedy, but in book form. It is cute, but still has some serious parts and all the characters are fantastic, and I love it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST CONTEMPORARY YA EVER! I love this book! it's one of my first ever contemporary ya reads and it's amazing!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Romance Quick and easy read. Finished it in one sitting. Highly recommend to anyone who like YA rom com.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute short romance I have mixed feelings for this book because, yes, it was cute and funny. ......But it was too long and kind of slow at times.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read it in one day and couldn't put it down! loved everything about it!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anna and the French Kiss Definitely the standout book of the series. Recommended to lovers of Gayle Forman and Sarah Dessen
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from RE READ THREE TIMES ALREADY! I'm rendered speechless. This book had me squealing, biting my nails (like our very good friend Etienne St. Clair) laughing until I had stomach aches and often so close to crying that tears burned in the back of my throat constantly. I really adore this wild band of beautiful, artistic and sexy characters and the perfect way they all fit together. Anna and Etienne's relationship as well as romance, was more importantly a sacred friendship as well being exactly what the other person needs. Not only falling in love, but growing into love with each other, being each other's best friend/partner in crime. Please don't be deceived by the cheesy-sounding title. It really is a dazzling story that will no doubt capture your heart.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved everything about this book, I reread it over and over for its amazing characters, setting, and story
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK! This was a fabulous book! I honestly went through it so quickly, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Great contemporary read :)
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kept me reading I usually don't read or like young adult books but this one had me interested majority of the time. Writing is super easy to follow and the story is cute, so it makes for a light and easy read.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute read. First book of 2016 has been completed and I think this year of reading is off to a good start! *insert heart eyes emoji here* This book was as romantic as I had anticipated but it was also pretty plot-twisty which made it just as enjoyable! I found Anna to be a bit immature in some of her decisions but at the same time I could understand her reasoning. I also found that by the end of the book she had grown a lot as a person and had a great character development. The story was pretty realistic in topics of crushes and the thoughts that go through our heads when we like someone. Also accurately showing what it's like to be in love and experience love for the first time. Stephanie Perkins really made me feel the emotions almost like I was experiencing them myself. A lovely romance story. I can't wait to read the other two!
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Cute Book This was a great contemporary love story, and it would make a really nice gift for the reader in your life :)
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Contemporary love I read this book with the hopes it would kick me out of my reading slump... and it did just that! Cant wait to continue the series
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful story! I bought this book awhile ago after a couple of book reviews that I watched said it was a great read. They were not kidding, it was a great book. The character is a innocent young girl who I feel many could relate with. I just could not put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely and adorable and cute!!! First book of 2016 has been completed and I think this year of reading is off to a good start! *insert heart eyes emoji here* This book was as romantic as I had anticipated but it was also pretty plot-twisty which made it just as enjoyable! I found Anna to be a bit immature in some of her decisions but at the same time I could understand her reasoning. I also found that by the end of the book she had grown a lot as a person and had a great character development. The story was pretty realistic in topics of crushes and the thoughts that go through our heads when we like someone. Also accurately showing what it's like to be in love and experience love for the first time. Stephanie Perkins really made me feel the emotions almost like I was experiencing them myself. A lovely romance story. I can't wait to read the other two!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Forever Favourite! I heard lots of good reviews about this novel before I came to read it, and after finishing the book, those reviews were not lying. This novel is my forever favourite! Everything about this book is fresh and unique and ST. CLAIR. St. Clair is just amazing. He's such a dork and he's ultimately funny. Anna and St. Clair has a good chemistry and every page is worth-reading and swoon-worthy. Stephanie Perkins did an amazing job at keeping her audience reading and looking forward to the next chapters. I would give this book an infinite number of stars if only I could but it can only go as high as 5 stars. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forever favourite I read this book in high school and every so often I take it back out and re-read my favourite parts. I've passed it along to my sisters and they've shared me love for it as well.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute After seeing this on everyone's recommended list, I decided to give this a try. It's a fun and easy read. The story is cute and makes you want to gush. I enjoy it even though it's a typical love teen romance.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Book A cute book with a sweet romance. Perfect for a summer read. Recommend to all contemporary lovers.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This wasn't as good as I thought it'd be. To be honest, I didn't really like the plot. And the main female character was kind of weird.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute This is good for when you just want a light, sweet read. It's not terribly memorable or well-written but it's a bit of a pick-me-up and will leave you feeling happy at the end.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best love story I absolutely love this book, it's a perfect book to cheer you up from anything and reads wonderfully well. Anna and St-Clair are great characters and the entire book just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Book Of All Time I read a ton of books by no exaggeration, and Anna and The French Kiss has remained my favorite of all time, Stephanie Perkins has created a book with characters that will leave you feeling like you're part of the gang, a setting that will having you longing to visit Paris if you haven't already, and a romance that will leave you swooning long after you finish reading it. Can't recommend this one enough, especially if you're a fan of YA contemporaries.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anna and the French Kiss It wasn't terrible, but the development of characters and plot were substandard (by my standards). It's cliche and Anna is not one of the most memorable characters.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good and cute! This was a cute and light book that is very easy to read! I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond expectations This is one of the first contemporary books I have read, and it was a great introduction to this genre. The title may sound completely cheesy, but is totally worth picking up and reading!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond expectations This is one of the first contemporary books I have read, and it was a great introduction to this genre. The title may sound completely cheesy, but is totally worth picking up and reading!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Such a good book, plot is good, characters is good, overall goodness
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS The best book I have read this year....light,fluffy, and fun..a must read that you won't regret buying...... #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it! Honestly, this is one of the best books I have ever read, I loved it and I can not explain how attached I was to it. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in only a day! I really recommend picking it up, you won't regret it. Stephanie Perkins really knows how to write!!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Wow this book was super cute and adorable and ahh my feels are going to explode. I thought Anna's and Étienne's relationship really worked well and the dynamics between all the characters were balanced and fun to read. Although some parts of the book were predictable, I still loved it all the same. Reading from Anna's point of view was really interesting and enjoyable and sigh it made me wish I had my own Étienne because he was such a great character. I found the characters realistic and I liked how you can see they had their own way of dealing with their own problems. Fantastic read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :o ❤️ This book was amazing and maybe it was a little expected what was going to happen in the end but it was still an awesome read and the author did a great job.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read This is a great book to read if you like cute fluffy contemporary ya romance in France!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it! It was interesting, the characters were fun, and I kept wanting to know what would happen next.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I bought this around a month ago and finished it within two days! The humor, love, curiosity of this book is amazing! So well written and recommended for girls ages 12-21 about. Perfect for reading on cold winter nights snuggled up with hot cocoa and blankets.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic The characters were amazing in this book. I loved the setting. I loved everything about this book
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not read !! This story is full of inaccurate clichés about France ! I hope the author doesn't think France is like that. Anyway, do not lose your time with this.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anna and the french kiss This book is one of my all time favorites. I love rereading it because of its lovely plot and the way it makes me happy. Amazing job Stephanie Perkins
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Against a Great City This is a really cute book that's great for all ages! Perfect to read on a raining day or to read with your best friend! It's a great start to a 3 book series and has only made me more excited to read the other two!
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!! I thought this book was going to be those cheesy YA romance books. The fact that this book was also based in Paris made me feel reluctant to even pick this up, But I was so glad I did! It kept me reading and reading because you fall in love with the characters very easily and begin to feel their emotions as well. It's such a sweet book! I had the feel of what it's like to fall in love. Pick this book up! You will not regret it!
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!! I thought this book was going to be those cheesy YA romance books. The fact that this book was also based in Paris made me feel reluctant to even pick this up, But I was so glad I did! It kept me reading and reading because you fall in love with the characters very easily and begin to feel their emotions as well. It's such a sweet book! I had the feel of what it's like to fall in love. Pick this book up! You will not regret it!
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!! I thought this book was going to be those cheesy YA romance books. The fact that this book was also based in Paris made me feel reluctant to even pick this up, But I was so glad I did! It kept me reading and reading because you fall in love with the characters very easily and begin to feel their emotions as well. It's such a sweet book! I had the feel of what it's like to fall in love. Pick this book up! You will not regret it!
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! This book is amazing, it blew me away and I couldn't put it down. The characters are realistic and every single one of them had depth and personality. The setting is in a place you cant resist PARIS! the plot never bored me and doesn’t lack of originality. And St. Clare he is just perfection. The love interest was swoon worthy and the relationships and friendships between the characters was beautiful. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love is an understatement! I don't know if there is a word stronger than love but that is how I feel about this book. I love it to the moon and back! I have read it several times and I fall in love each time. I'm not sure if my love is heightened by my being hopeless romantic but I think regardless, the one who reads this will fall in love, guaranteed. The setting is perfect, what better place to fall in love than in Paris; and Stephanie Perkins made sure that with its beauty comes a beautiful love story. Then, you not fall in love with Paris but you fall for the characters, as well. They have such a dynamic and charming personalities that you cannot resist. There are so many things I want to say about this book and as of now, my excitement to share my thoughts is just hindering my writing, in a good way. I highly recommend this, because as John Green's The Fault in our Stars brought excruciating pain in my heart that I was afraid and unable to read a book for a week or two, Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French kiss leads me back to it over and over again. It may be an exaggeration but reading this book is when I feel that I am happy.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So cute! I avoided this one because all the hype surrounding it. Honestly, I felt a bit pressured to go and read it, so when the liveshow for Isla came with the Contemporary Lovers group that I was a part of, I pretty much forced myself to read it. I was glad I did..Super cute characters with likable characters that make you want to wish they were real so you can be friends with them! Traipsing around Paris finding movies to watch in their subtitled French, eating croissants and sipping coffee or hot chocolate at cafes..This is the life that Anna has switched out for. Being an American in Paris isn't anything new, but with a new culture brings a whole lot of experience. Anna is sent off to boarding school in Paris and she's not thrilled of the idea at all. But as life goes on, she makes friends with new people and faces and even ends up crushing on the cutest boy at school. It's your typical boy meets girl love story, but set in the City of Light. The only trouble that I had was that not a whole lot happens. Except trying to find out if the two would get together. Also I did not enjoy the fact that there was cheating involved. Even if it wasn't physical, emotional cheating is just as devastating and I wished St. Clair was single to make the story pretty much perfect. Pretty much the cutest contemporary story that I've read as of late. Anna and St. Clair will weasel into your hearts and will make their story unforgettable! Love!
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adictive I couldn't put it down! Etienne ♡
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK Seriously this is probably one of my absolute favorite books. The love story is to die for honestly this book is the cutest!!
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable! Predictable but adorable, as all chick-lits should be.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable! Alright, I have had this book on my TBR list for... way way too long. I've checked it out of the library before and just never read it and i've had it on my kobo for about 2 months but finally, finally i've gotten to it! AND I LOVED IT. Yes, it's all "first world problems" and it's a silly, YA love story so if those two things will bother you stop. go away and don't read it because you'd likely give it a 1 or a 2 stars. If you like those cute love stories with a swoon worthy boy name, i don't know maybe... Etienne St. Clair boy oh boy please read. Seriously that name though. Etienne Etienne Yeah. Already in love aren't you? I'm busy swooning over Etienne again now so i'm done. Perkins delivered just what I needed.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I thought this book would be like your typical YA romance book. You know: cute, sweet, a good romance, a bit predcitable, and with a bit of humor. Sure, this book id cute and sweet, but the romance is far more then good, and its far from your typical romance. Okay, first off, Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named Anna who is forced to attend boarding school in France. Naturally, she misses her friends and her home and her maybe-almost-somewhat-boyfriend. But she does find herself having a good time when she explores Paris and meets friends, especially Etienne St. Clair. Etienne is nice, handsome, French/American/British, and has an adorable British accent. Oh, and he's taken. Anna immeditaly falls for him, dispite the fact he has a girlfriend, and the two grow close. Best friend close. But there's still that tension between them, and Anna cant help but wonder if St Clair... possibly... LIKES Anna? But how can the perfect boy who everyone likes fall for the weirdly neat girl who is obsessed with movies? And with everything going on in their private lives, is it best to stay away and not act on her feelings? Anna goes to France unwillingly, but ends up wanting to say, mostly because of that one boy. Anna searchs for love, but ends up searcing dor happiness. Will she find it? Let me just jump right in and say I LOVE THIS BOOK! Like, screamin, jumping up and down LOVE it!!! Its fun funny and entertaining, yet its deep and touching and meaningful at the same time. Its touching and moving and inspiring. Its just so good! AND, its written by a Needfighter!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE it took the word of John Green to get me to read this book. I should have read it much sooner!! (Dont worry if you dont know what im talking about, but high five for you if you do!) So, the writing is easy to follow and read, the characters are easy to love and to relate to, and the story is intriguing and so so SO good! I literally could not stop reading! Anna is a great narrator and i loved her instantly, and St Clair couldnt have been any better! And its not even predictable or conry or cliche... at least, in my eyes it isnt. If you like teen books, read it. If you like romance books, read it. If you like humor, read it. If you like British boys, read it. If you like Paris, read it. If you like great and unique characters, along with an interesting lead, read it. If you like books, read it. Basically, read this book. Great moral issues/life lessons. Amazing characters. An intense romance. Realistic moments. Relatable writing. Awesome book!
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Anna's father decides to send her to boarding school for her senior year. In Paris. She has to leave behind her best friend, her job, and the boy she's crushing on, and start over at a completely new school thousands of miles away. She's not happy. Until she meets Étienne St Clair. The problem: his serious girlfriend Ellie. I put off reading this book for a long time because of all the hype but with it being summer, I was in the mood for a good summer read and this was perfect. The romance between characters stayed at a level where I could still enjoy it without feeling it was too juvenile but it wasn't too graphic so I could still recommend the book to younger readers. The characters in this book were definitely memorable. Even their names. If I ever hear Anna Oliphant or Étienne St Clair mentioned, I'll automatically think of this book. Anna's voice was addicting and felt realistic for her situation. Her growth through the book was at a believable pace and the flaws she had were those a real teenage girl could have. Everything about her gave me a 'this is a girl I could know in real life' feeling. The progression of friendship to feelings between Anna and St Clair was just amazing and had me smiling and giggling at times to wanting to scream at them at other times. The three other students who made up Anna's group of friends, Meredith, Rashmi, and Josh, had their own stories going on that helped make them memorable in their own ways instead of just being there because more characters were needed. I really enjoyed the friendships between Josh and St Clair, Meredith, Rashmi, and Anna, and all five of them. The book isn't too short, almost 400 pages, but I could have kept reading if there was more. It was a quick read, light-hearted for the most part with some drama. It's the perfect book to read outside by the pool in the summer but also curled up by the fireplace in the winter. I'm not sure yet where Lola from the sequel to this book fits in but I've already got Lola and the Boy Next Door ordered to find out.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Fantastic I remember picking this book up months ago and looking at it thinking it would only be another cheesy teenager book with the same old cliches and over used story lines. I WAS SO WRONG. I was hooked by the first chapter! Anna Oliphant was and average American girl on her first major journey from Atlanta, Georgia without any of her friends or her family. Anna has become enrolled in a boarding school in Paris, France for her last year in high school where she meets diverse, but strinkingly engaging friends and also meets Etienne St. Clair who is the most attractive and gorgeous boy in school. Both Anna and Etienne want to become more than just friends, but other obstacles hold them apart... Honestly, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Stephanie Perkins has created a young adult literary masterpiece which stands head and shoulders above the likes of Meg Cabot or Stephanie Meyer (sorry, but it is true). Please - go out or order this book. It is the best book I have read in years and I know you who are reading this will just adore it!
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romance in the city of lights It’s rare that I finished a book and write a review for it the same day. I normally like to relish in it for a few days, enjoy that feeling you get from a really amazing read and then take the time to mourn the loss. I’m not the only one who feels a sense of sorrow after finishing a book, am I? I mean, you just took this amazing adventure together, shared feelings and now you’ll never ~see each other again. It can be so sad no matter how happy the book was. I feel this way about Anna and The French Kiss, and I want to share my thoughts on it before all the feelings (happy and sad) go away and I’ve found a new adventure with new characters to love just as much. I want to start by saying that I don’t normally read contemporary fiction. I stick to the paranormal, fantasy and dystopian reads because, well, REAL life is just so… boring. I live it, I would know. After hearing so much about this book from fellow reader friends who kept insisting I read it, I caved. And how happy am I that I did?! I didn’t know what to expect going in and what I came out with was a story that caused my heart to both swell and break, all at the same time. When Anna is forced to move to Paris to attend SOAP (The School Of America in Paris), she’s anything but excited. Leaving Georgia means leaving behind her best friend, Bridgett and Toph – the boy who was maybe, almost hers. It’s Anna’s first time living away from home and to make matters worse she’s starting a new school in her senior year in a new country that doesn’t even speak a language she knows. You can imagine why she’s a little bit apprehensive. After settling in at her new boarding school Anna meets four friends who quickly take her under their wing – Mer, Rashmi, Josh and Étienne (St. Clair). Paris itself acts as a character all on it’s own as well. There is no way this story could have taken place in any other city and although the familiar locations they visit – Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, The Seine River – are to be expected and kind of ~touristy, Anna is a tourist at the end of the day, she just happens to be staying a little longer than most. One of my favourite things about romance in novels is that you fall in love as the characters do and your heart swells and you get butterflies in your stomach during those pivotal scenes where things come soclose to happening. As Anna and Étienne grow closer you see their easy transition from new friends into best friends and you feel their struggle as life, actions and miscommunications take place. I loved this about the book! I loved that it wasn’t easy, and things got messy and shite (as Étienne would say) happened. I loved that Anna didn’t just sit quietly when her feelings were hurt and she couldn’t make since of St. Clair’s feelings for her, she called him out on it: He stares at me. Furious. Confused. I pause to steady my voice. “Why are you still with her?” Silence. “Fine. Don’t answer me. And you know what? Don’t call me either. We’re done. Bonne nuit.” I’m already stomping away when he replies. “Because I don’t want to be alone right now.” His voice echoes through the night. I turn around to face him one last time. “You weren’t alone, a**hole.” Ouch. When I read that part I was actually on the subway and had to keep from shouting out “YOU GO, GIRL!” and like, shaking my book in triumph over Anna’s braveness to stand up for herself and her heart. I feel like you don’t always get that in books, a lot of the time you get these girls who become doormats over and over again for the guy they’re head over heals with. Not Anna. She knows what’s up. She knows she deserves to be treated better than that and for that I give her mad props. (Yes, I just said ‘mad props’ in a book review) Overall, this book was funny, smart, heartwarming, exciting, breathtaking, marvelous, etc, etc.. you get the picture! I can’t believe it’s taken me SO LONG to get around to reading it (it’s been out for 2 years! TWO YEARS!) It’s definitely the kind of book I will read over and over again and then force all of my friends to read. I’m excited to move onto Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is the companion novel, and then follow that up with Isla and the Happily Ever After in 2013 because Stephanie Perkins and her pink hair are genius. These are feel good books. The kind of books you read when you want to sit with a goofy grin on your face and wish that a love like this would find you too. When/if this becomes a movie, you’d better believe I’ll be the first in line to by tickets.
Date published: 2012-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I saw this book a while ago in my recommended list but I never really paid attention until now. I don't understand why though, because it was absolutely fantastic. I hadn't read such a good teen book in a while and I would recommend it to anyone who likes funny love stories between teenagers. Basically, Emma is a 17 year old teenager from Atlanta whose divorced parents decide to send her to The School of America in Paris for her senior year. She must therefore leave her best friend Bridgette, her almost boyfriend Toph, her ex boyfriend Matt and her brother Sean behind. Her new circle of friends, however, includes the very handsome 18 year old British / American / French Étienne St-Clair. He will show her the best and worst of the city to make her feel like home, until their friendship reaches a new level. Not necessarily a good one, though. I cannot explain how brilliant this story is. Emma is totally awkward and clumsy, whereas St-Clair is the funny handsome one who speaks with a funny accent. Their friendship is just the cutest yet funniest thing in the world, without being just lovey-dovey Arm-Touching like most stories these days. I really appreciated the fact that Stephanie Perkins incorporated family problems, friend problems, but in a mature way. Very good novel, and I cannot wait to read other ones by this author.
Date published: 2012-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection There are some books that people rave about, and you have to wonder how good they can actually be. Anna and the French Kiss was one of those books. Every blogger and reviewer I came across gushed about this book. And with good reason. It really is as good as everyone says it is. I hate to be a gushing, squeeing fangirl, but I really, really loved this book! It was simple but in the most beautiful, brilliant, perfect way. I finished this book almost two weeks ago and I’ve been putting off my review because my thoughts are so personal; it’s like I want to be greedy and keep them all to myself. But this book was too good not to share, so here goes... I guess I’ll start with Anna. She was so likeable and easy to relate to. She reminded me a lot of myself in some ways - kind of unsure and awkward, wanting to fit in…I saw a lot of myself in her, right down to the gap in her front teeth. There’s this sweetness and innocence about her that I just loved. As for Etienne…I lost count of the times I swooned over that boy! He’s funny, sweet, smart, protective, easy-going, and wants to make people happy. He seems perfect, but he’s really not, and I loved that about him. Anna and Etienne’s relationship…I loved how they started out as friends, and I loved watching their relationship blossom. I thought the little observations they made about each other, and the fact that they knew each other so well was adorable. They talked about real things, and genuinely became best friends, even as their feelings for each other developed. I was rooting so hard for them to just get together already, but at the same time, I loved their friendship and the dynamic between them. Another thing that really drew me in was the setting. I went to Paris when I was 17 (same age as Anna, go figure); it’s so rare for me to read a book set somewhere I’ve actually been. Most books are set in fictional places, or big cities that I’ve never been like New York or London or Dublin or Chicago. But I’ve actually been to Paris, and I got to see a lot of the stuff Anna saw. I came to think of Paris as an extra character in the book, and loved the parts where Anna, Etienne, and their friends were out in the city doing things. I actually learned a few things too, which is always exciting for me because I love to learn, and I love to know seemingly useless little facts. My head is full of them. For instance, do you know the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard? I didn’t before reading Anna. Nor did I know the difference between a gargoyle and a chimera. This book was just perfection to me. I laughed (and laughed and laughed and laughed some more), cried, swooned, fell in love, and felt like I was losing a best friend when the story ended. Anna was such an incredible character, and I enjoyed following her on her journey as she learned sometimes-painful lessons about life, love, friendship, family, independence, and courage.
Date published: 2012-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I don’t normally read contemporary novels but I decided to take a chance on Anna and the French Kiss because everyone seems to love the novel and I can see why. It was fantastic it made me laugh and cry. As much as I love St. Clair I do want to smack him across the head has hard as I can. Stephanie’s writing sucks you in and everything Anna feels you feel. When she was angry or sad I was 10 times angrier or sad. If you’re a contemporary lover you need to pick up this series if you haven’t yet and if you don’t like contemporary you should reconsider it and use this novel as the foot step into that door.
Date published: 2012-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I would recommend anyone and everyone to read this book. It will make your heart beat, melt and so much more. Set in the City of Love, you will find this book enticing and hard to put down. An absolutely fantastic read.
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book!! Oh, how I loved this book! I had only heard of Stephanie Perkins recently and had seen Anna and the French Kiss and her newer book, Lola and the Boy Next Door, reviewed on so many of the blogs I follow. Everyone seemed to agree that both books were fantastic, so I immediately had to put a hold on one at the library. The story is about Anna, who is starting a new year of school at a boarding school in France. She makes new friends and develops a crush, and has so much fun in the process. The only problem about Anna falling in love is that the boy she’s crushing on is already taken. Though, so is Anna, back home in America. I started reading this book at about 7:00 at night and even though my eyes were getting tired, I had to finish reading it, I was loving it so much. It’s been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud and constantly, and this was one of those books. Some of the best things about this book, aside from the humour, is that it’s just a fun book to read. I loved reading about Paris and the shenanigans (can I get away with saying shenanigans?) that Anna and her friends got into. The romance was so perfect in this book, that I couldn’t help swooning and smiling and giggling like a schoolgirl when any romance between the two main characters, Anna and Etienne, came up. I read that Perkins started this book as a NaNoWriMo project, which is impressive. I participated this past November and it was hard work! I love that she came up with something so original and fun, which probably means she had so much fun writing it. Stephanie Perkins is one of my favourite authors now and I can’t wait to read everything she writes. If you like chick-lit, or romance, or just reading fun books, pick this one up. Just be sure to give yourself enough time in the day to read it because you will not want to put it down!
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!ADORABLE!! I bought this book while waiting on some other books i ordered online to come in. And I have to say that it was one of the most absolutely cute, and heartwarming stories I have ever read. I usually dont read romance because I find it to be a little cheesy, and very unrealistic but this book is the exception. I loved the writing style. The character were very well made. The setting was amazing. You can actually picture Paris. And I loved reading it from Anna's point of view. I especially loved St.Clair. Overall it is an amazing read, and you will certainly not be disappointed with this read.
Date published: 2012-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, quick & fun read I have to admit, this book is really cute. I can see how people would fall in love with it. Gorgeous setting, charming love interest, all the teen angst that a good YA chick-lit needs. The friendship that develops between the main character and the guy in the story is adorable. I loved reading about all the places in Paris, and which just encourages me more to get over there one day! The love interest, St. Clair, is charmingly funny… a good-looking guy with an English accent living in Paris. Formidable! Some of the scenarios seemed a bit contrived (can’t they just catch a break!?) but overall the story is extremely cute and it was a nice, quick, fun book to break up all the lengthy ones I’ve been reading lately. I’d definitely recommend it for a fun beach read! This and other reviews can be found at
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Magical! Three words I would use to describe this book: Hilarious. Heartwarming. BRILLIANT. I was looking for another 'H' word to summarize it, but brilliant seemed to fit better than anything else — because that's exactly what Stephenie Perkins proved she was by writing this book! Everything about it was just so magical. I've always wanted to go to Paris, and reading this book fueled my desire even more. Perkins has an amazing talent of writing details so that you're always intrigued and never bored. The storyline was perfectly crafted, and the way she wrote such specific aspects about her characters made them that much easier to connect to. Anna was the perfect voice for the novel! Her thoughts were always fun and hilarious to follow; I could always relate to her no matter what she did. And her chemistry with St. Clair stole my breath away every time. They were perfect together. But Perkins didn't just write "they were perfect together" — the author showed it through moments that were just as much fun to read as I'm sure they were for Anna to experience. Beautiful, enchanting, and one-hundred percent entertaining, I have to say that Anna and the French Kiss was honestly my favourite contemporary novel of the year! I recommend it wholeheartedly! Stephenie Perkins is definitely an author I'm going to watch out for. :) BUY or BORROW?: This is a contemporary shelf must-have! Buy it and love it and gush about it with me!
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing Special Anna And the French Kiss was cute and fun, but juvenile. Being a sucker for all things France, I felt that I must read this book. It was good, but very one dimensional. Both the characters, and the story fell flat. I’m pretty sure that the only reason why I even liked it a little was because of the setting. My heart leapt every time Stephanie Perkins mentioned a Parisian landmark. But the story unfolded in an eye-rollingly predictable way. You should read this book if: you are young, you love France, and you want things to turn out exactly the way the world doesn’t work.
Date published: 2011-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LoveLoveLove I get it. I finally get why everyone was always gushing over Anna and recommending it to everyone. This book was so full of win and I adored it *HUGS* I seriously loved everything about it, everything! I loved the setting, the premise, the characters, the ending, all of it! From page one, I had the feeling that I would love Anna and the French Kiss. Anna is entering her last year of high school and her famous novelist dad decides to send her to Paris for a distinguish education. I got a clear feeling of Anna's mix of emotions over the decision; yes it's Paris, she should be excited! but it's also her last year of high school, how devastating to be leaving everything behind! Anna was an awesome main character, she's funny, a little awkward, a movie buff, and she just really wants to fit in Paris. Luckily she meets a great group of people, including The Etienne St. Clair. These people were awesome, I want them for my friends! Now Etienne. Or St. Clair as he's affectionately known as *giggle*. This boy had me from his first appearance. He's super cute, has amazing hair, and is an American with an English accent living in that? Yeah, Anna was confused too haha. Etienne, to me, seemed like one of those rare people who are just so loved by everyone, they're super nice and funny and just amazing. The friendship Anna forms with the group, and Etienne especially, was one that warmed my heart and made me 'aww' so much. So. Freaking. Adorable. The sexual tension in this book was so palpable it could've made me blush. I had my breath held for a lot of the book waiting until something cracked or someone slipped. There were some nail biting moments and I was so afraid a line would be crossed the characters wouldn't be able to go back from. By the end I might as well have shot off fireworks and showered myself with sparkles my heart was bursting with joy and that warm feeling you get when you see baby animals. I don't know what else to say about this book without going all fangirl and 'like omg I luv it!' /gushswoongush Bottom Line OMG GUYS READ THIS. If you're in a reading slump, need a feel good read, some smushy romance, a new guy to crush over, a laugh, or any other reason/situation under the sun, read it! Review also here:
Date published: 2011-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Story set in Paris OMG!!! This is the best book EVER. I am surprised I didnt read it earlier! My emotions during the whole book was up and down, and Etienne...... (mouth-watering) Perkins did an excellent job with this novel set in Paris, France. I could picture the way Paris looked by the way Perkins describe it, if I was really there! The whole novel was brilliant, the connection between Etienne and Anna from beginning to end showed how much they are soul mates. They had ups and downs during the whole novel but, what best friends wouldn't and their cute nicknames. I just fell in love with this whole book. The last part of the novel.......I just loved the whole scene... Overall, reading this novel put me a good mood, with romantics and just plain in love with the city of love (Paris) Anna and the French Kiss is now one of my favourites its officially in the top 10 also. If you have not read this book yet, I recommend you move it up on your TBR list, because its totally worth it!
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Sweet and Easy Read Review first published at I think I am going to be one of the firsts to say I didn't LOVE Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. For me to love a book, there needs to be something more then what was found in Anna. However, in the same breath, I will say that I did really enjoy the novel. I thought the story was engaging, I never got bored while reading this book. I did laugh when I was supposed to, I groaned in embarrassment when I supposed to, I got mad at all the right moments. Perkins definitely wrote a fun and easy to read book, and what I liked the best about this novel was the characters and how they fit together. Anna was a likable protagonist. She was sweet and wanted to fit in, which is a natural desire for a girl of 17 who enteres a setting that is unfamiliar to her. What I really appreciated about Anna, was how uncomplicated she was and how uncomplicated she made things. I never rolled my eyes because she wasn't catching onto things the way I thought she needed to. She made an effort to make new friends, and then proceeded to make an effort in finding her place in the new group. Don't get me wrong, Anna was not perfect, she had her insecurities just like every teenaged girl, and sometimes her insecurities would be her downfall. But, for the most part she was able to move beyond them. I didn't love St.Claire as much as every other Anna and the French Kiss Reader. I thought he was a good friend to Anna, a really good friend. But anything beyond a platonic relationship I wasn't sure about. There were a few decisions that he made regarding his relationship with Anna where I was like "Forget it Anna, he's not good enough". I was very protective of her. But I did like St.Claire. I just preferred him as Anna's friend, not Anna's boyfriend. The whole group of friends was something I loved. They were very supportive of one another and very loyal (that's something that I love to read about), they were also very forgiving, and although that is not all that realistic, I found it terribly sweet. I liked the way Perkins writes a novel. It's not easy to put down, and not because you can't put it down because you need to know what's going to happen next, but because you don't want to put it down, because its a pleasure to read. She writes in a way that's easy to read. The words flow, and the characters become your friends. I really appreciated that. Its safe for me to now say that I am excited for the companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is due to be released in the fall. I, myself look forward to another weekend on my couch with this one.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in love. This book. Absolutely amazing. This book, made me feel all giddy and happy inside – Got to love books like that! It just had that power to actually make me feel butterflies inside. So cute! I cannot get over how great it was. I am in love. Now, definitely one of my favorite books of all time. Gah, just so cute! There is simply no other way to explain in. Absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love with this book. When Anna fell in love, so did I. When she was happy, I was happy, When she was sad, I was sad. When she messes up and feels stupid, so do I. Etienne made me grin ear to ear. He made me want to hop onto a plane and find my French British American love. I found myself reading his lines in a british accent. I love him, and hate him at time. Etienne St. Clair (L). Stephanie Perkins just might be my new favourite writer. I'm looking forward to reading more from her. She's great, and so are her characters. So real to me. If you haven't read it already, READ IT NOW. You will fall in love with Paris, and St. Clair. And also Anna, can't forget Anna.
Date published: 2011-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words Cannot Describe My Love for this Book! I heard an endless amount of great things about Anna and the French Kiss, so I knew that I just HAD to get my hands on a copy. People were absolutely in love with this book, so I couldn't help but having very high expectations before starting it. I started this on a Saturday morning and finished it that very night! So yes, I am another reader who absolutely fell in love with this book. I don't know how I can possibly sum it all up in a review because SO much happens. There are an endless amount of things that just makes this book so DARN good. It was so captivating and amazing and just so lovely. I was whisked away in this story, and now I know why everyone was gushing about it! Anna Oliphant's life is about to change drastically. She is a high school senior who has everything she could ever want; a job, friends, a crush and her family. Her father is a best-selling author who suddenly decides that he wants his daughter to attend boarding school in Paris. She is scared, upset, stunned and devastated about leaving her family, friends and life behind. Anna can't speak a word of french. She is whisked away into a world that brings a lot of change. When her parents leave her in her room, she breaks down into tears. Her neighbor, Meredith cannot help but overhear her. The two girls meet, and soon, Anna meets the rest of Meredith's friends, one being Etienne St. Claire. The first thing Anna notices about him is his hair. Oh yes, the hair. His gorgeous dark hair. Anna soon finds out from the rest of Meredith's friends that all the girls swoon over St. Claire. She also learns that he is in a long term, serious relationship. Anna meets new people and she get's to know her friends more. She tries to find her place as she struggles to speak french, navigate her way around the beautiful city of Paris and figure out how she really feels about St. Claire. The two of them become fast friends, and in the city of romance who knows what could happen. Though, things aren't that easy. Things happen, events occur, people talk, relationships cause trouble and tension rises. This isn't your simple romance novel, get ready for a roller coaster filled with ups and downs. Anna tries to find her way and discover herself during so. Real, strong emotions will fly out at you as you read about Anna and her experiences in Paris. This was an amazing whirlwind of drama, love, heartache, romance, friendship, discovery and so much more!!! I recommend this to anyone who loves a good YA romance novel, because this is by far the best contemporary/romance YA book I have ever read. 5/5 2011-014
Date published: 2011-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER! So, i never write reviews on books online but the second i finished it i had to let people know about it, all i can say about this book is wow. like, you would look at it and think its just another teen book, but it is so much more. i thought i would enjoy this book, but i ended up falling head over heels for it. I have not liked a book so much since Rick Riordans Lost hero came out, and thats saying something. These characters are amazing and oh my goodness everything in this book is amazing! it will open your eyes to so many things! and it helps that there is cute boys, an independant girl and an amazing plot! everyone can relate to this book and i hope it makes Stephanie Perkins a millionaire because boy does she deserve it! And, if stephanie ever reads this (cross your fingers she will) i want to tell her to write a billion more books! i don't think i have ever related more to two characters like i do st. clair and anna, i absoloutley LOVE This book, and please write a thousand more like this one! you are an AMAZING author, and i can't wait to hear a new charming fascinating and captivating love story from you!
Date published: 2011-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll Fall in Love With This One! Anna and the French Kiss is everything you could ever want in a romantic, contemporary YA novel… and yes, it most definitely lives up to all the hype. It will meet your expectations and surpass them in a way you didn’t think was even possible! It’s more than just a romance novel- it’s a story of friendship, of first love, and braving the unknown all in the heart of the beautiful city of Paris. Anna’s not exactly thrilled when her famous author father ships her off to Paris to attend an elite boarding school, especially when it means leaving behind back home in Atlanta her very best friend and a crush that was about to be something more. All alone in an unfamiliar city with no knowledge of the language and no friends, Anna feels it’s going to be a horrible senior year. But meeting a new group of friends is not as difficult as it seems and that includes the beautiful- and also taken- Étienne St. Clair. Even when she knows it’s wrong to like him that way, she can’t help it and falls for him... but can they ever be together when obstacles keep getting in their way? Anna is a great female lead with a strong head on her shoulders. She may be attending boarding school because of her father’s money, but she’s very down-to-earth. While she’s initially afraid to really experience and make the most of the opportunity she has to learn about such an historic city and culture, she really does come into her own during the novel. Watching how she grows as a person was almost as fun as seeing how she steadily becomes closer to Étienne. She’s also sensible and doesn’t completely pine away for him after she learns he has a girlfriend; his friendship is worth more to her than anything and she completely earned my respect in that regard. Étienne St. Clair. He might just take your breath away and make you swoon… and that’s all I’ll say. The romance that unfolds between Anna and Étienne is one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of reading. They’re both realistic characters and therefore have flaws and make mistakes, but that only endeared them to me even more. As soon as the two meet, you can already sense it in the air that they have a connection and as the novel progresses, there’s always this sort of underlying attraction- and tension- you can almost feel whenever the pair are together. Even as Anna and Étienne become closer and closer as friends, learning about each other’s families and relying one another for support in difficult times, you’re left waiting… waiting for the moment that they both finally realize how right they are together. Anna and the French Kiss is the perfect novel to read if you’re looking for a well-written romance story set in one of the most romantic cities of the world. You’ll fall in love with this novel, rooting for Anna and Étienne from the very beginning. You’re missing out on something wondrously good if you still haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss yet and I’m most definitely looking forward to the companion novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door… though I have a difficult time thinking how Stephanie Perkins can top this one! You can also read my review here:
Date published: 2011-01-22

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Table of Contents Title PageCopyright PageDedication chapter onechapter twochapter threechapter fourchapter fivechapter sixchapter sevenchapter eightchapter ninechapter tenchapter elevenchapter twelvechapter thirteenchapter fourteenchapter fifteenchapter sixteenchapter seventeenchapter eighteenchapter nineteenchapter twentychapter twenty-onechapter twenty-twochapter twenty-threechapter twenty-fourchapter twenty-fivechapter twenty-sixchapter twenty-sevenchapter twenty-eightchapter twenty-ninechapter thirtychapter thirty-onechapter thirty-twochapter thirty-threechapter thirty-fourchapter thirty-fivechapter thirty-sixchapter thirty-sevenchapter thirty-eightchapter thirty-ninechapter fortychapter forty-onechapter forty-twochapter forty-threechapter forty-fourchapter forty-fivechapter forty-sixchapter forty-seven AcknowledgementsDutton BooksA member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Published by the Penguin Group | Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.S.A. | Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2Y3, Canada (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.) | Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England | Penguin Ireland, 25 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd) | Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd) | Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi—110 017, India | Penguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, North Shore 0632, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd.) | Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa | Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Copyright © 2010 by Stephanie Perkins All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who wishes to quote brief passages in connection with a review written for inclusion in a magazine, newspaper, or broadcast. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content. CIP Data is available. Published in the United States by Dutton Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 345 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014  ISBN: 978-1-101-44549-5For Jarrod, best friend & true lovechapter oneHere is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amélie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, although I have no idea what the function of either actually is. Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, and a lot of kings named Louis. I’m not sure what they did either, but I think it has something to do with the French Revolution, which has something to do with Bastille Day. The art museum is called the Louvre and it’s shaped like a pyramid and the Mona Lisa lives there along with that statue of the woman missing her arms. And there are cafés or bistros or whatever they call them on every street corner. And mimes. The food is supposed to be good, and the people drink a lot of wine and smoke a lot of cigarettes.I’ve heard they don’t like Americans, and they don’t like white sneakers.A few months ago, my father enrolled me in boarding school. His air quotes practically crackled over the phone line as he declared living abroad to be a “good learning experience” and a “keepsake I’d treasure forever.” Yeah. Keepsake. And I would’ve pointed out his misuse of the word had I not already been freaking out.Since his announcement, I’ve tried yelling, begging, pleading, and crying, but nothing has convinced him otherwise. And now I have a new student visa and a passport, each declaring me: Anna Oliphant, citizen of the United States of America. And now I’m here with my parents—unpacking my belongings in a room smaller than my suitcase—the newest senior at the School of America in Paris.It’s not that I’m ungrateful. I mean, it’s Paris. The City of Light! The most romantic city in the world! I’m not immune to that. It’s just this whole international boarding school thing is a lot more about my father than it is about me. Ever since he sold out and started writing lame books that were turned into even lamer movies, he’s been trying to impress his big-shot New York friends with how cultured and rich he is.My father isn’t cultured. But he is rich.It wasn’t always like this.When my parents were still married, we were strictly lower middle class. It was around the time of the divorce that all traces of decency vanished, and his dream of being the next great Southern writer was replaced by his desire to be the next published writer. So he started writing these novels set in Small Town Georgia about folks with Good American Values who Fall in Love and then contract Life-Threatening Diseases and Die.I’m serious.And it totally depresses me, but the ladies eat it up.They love my father’s books and they love his cable-knit sweaters and they love his bleachy smile and orangey tan. And they have turned him into a bestseller and a total dick.Two of his books have been made into movies and three more are in production, which is where his real money comes from. Hollywood. And, somehow, this extra cash and pseudo-prestige have warped his brain into thinking that I should live in France. For a year. Alone. I don’t understand why he couldn’t send me to Australia or Ireland or anywhere else where English is the native language. The only French word I know is oui, which means “yes,” and only recently did I learn it’s spelled o-u-i and not w-e-e.At least the people in my new school speak English. It was founded for pretentious Americans who don’t like the company of their own children. I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn’t have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.Instead, I’m stuck with ninety-nine other students. There are twenty-five people in my entire senior class, as opposed to the six hundred I had back in Atlanta. And I’m studying the same things I studied at Clairemont High except now I’m registered in beginning French.Oh, yeah. Beginning French. No doubt with the freshmen. I totally rock.Mom says I need to lose the bitter factor, pronto, but she’s not the one leaving behind her fabulous best friend, Bridgette. Or her fabulous job at the Royal Midtown 14 multiplex. Or Toph, the fabulous boy at the Royal Midtown 14 multiplex.And I still can’t believe she’s separating me from my brother, Sean, who is only seven and way too young to be left home alone after school. Without me, he’ll probably be kidnapped by that creepy guy down the road who has dirty Coca-Cola towels hanging in his windows. Or Seany will accidentally eat something containing Red Dye #40 and his throat will swell up and no one will be there to drive him to the hospital. He might even die. And I bet they wouldn’t let me fly home for his funeral and I’d have to visit the cemetery alone next year and Dad will have picked out some god-awful granite cherub to go over his grave.And I hope Dad doesn’t expect me to fill out college applications to Russia or Romania now. My dream is to study film theory in California. I want to be our nation’s greatest female film critic. Someday I’ll be invited to every festival, and I’ll have a major newspaper column and a cool television show and a ridiculously popular website. So far I only have the website, and it’s not so popular.Yet.I just need a little more time to work on it, that’s all.“Anna, it’s time.”“What?” I glance up from folding my shirts into perfect squares.Mom stares at me and twiddles the turtle charm on her necklace. My father, bedecked in a peach polo shirt and white boating shoes, is gazing out my dormitory window. It’s late, but across the street a woman belts out something operatic.My parents need to return to their hotel rooms. They both have early morning flights.“Oh.” I grip the shirt in my hands a little tighter.Dad steps away from the window, and I’m alarmed to discover his eyes are wet. Something about the idea of my father—even if it is my father—on the brink of tears raises a lump in my throat.“Well, kiddo. Guess you’re all grown up now.”My body is frozen. He pulls my stiff limbs into a bear hug. His grip is frightening. “Take care of yourself. Study hard and make some friends. And watch out for pickpockets,” he adds. “Sometimes they work in pairs.”I nod into his shoulder, and he releases me. And then he’s gone.My mother lingers behind. “You’ll have a wonderful year here,” she says. “I just know it.” I bite my lip to keep it from quivering, and she sweeps me into her arms. I try to breathe. Inhale. Count to three. Exhale. Her skin smells like grapefruit body lotion. “I’ll call you the moment I get home,” she says.Home. Atlanta isn’t my home anymore.“I love you, Anna.”I’m crying now. “I love you, too. Take care of Seany for me.”“Of course.”“And Captain Jack,” I say. “Make sure Sean feeds him and changes his bedding and fills his water bottle. And make sure he doesn’t give him too many treats because they make him fat and then he can’t get out of his igloo. But make sure he gives him at least a few every day, because he still needs the vitamin C and he won’t drink the water when I use those vitamin drops—”She pulls back and tucks my bleached stripe behind my ear. “I love you,” she says again.And then my mother does something that, even after all of the paperwork and plane tickets and presentations, I don’t see coming. Something that would’ve happened in a year anyway, once I left for college, but that no matter how many days or months or years I’ve yearned for it, I am still not prepared for when it actually happens.My mother leaves. I am alone.chapter twoI feel it coming, but I can’t stop it.PANIC.They left me. My parents actually left me! IN FRANCE!Meanwhile, Paris is oddly silent. Even the opera singer has packed it in for the night. I cannot lose it. The walls here are thinner than Band-Aids, so if I break down, my neighbors—my new classmates—will hear everything. I’m going to be sick. I’m going to vomit that weird eggplant tapenade I had for dinner, and everyone will hear, and no one will invite me to watch the mimes escape from their invisible boxes, or whatever it is people do here in their spare time.I race to my pedestal sink to splash water on my face, but it explodes out and sprays my shirt instead. And now I’m crying harder, because I haven’t unpacked my towels, and wet clothing reminds me of those stupid water rides Bridgette and Matt used to drag me on at Six Flags where the water is the wrong color and it smells like paint and it has a billion trillion bacterial microbes in it. Oh God.What if there are bacterial microbes in the water? Is French water even safe to drink?Pathetic. I’m pathetic.How many seventeen-year-olds would kill to leave home? My neighbors aren’t experiencing any meltdowns. No crying coming from behind their bedroom walls. I grab a shirt off the bed to blot myself dry, when the solution strikes. My pillow. I collapse face-first into the sound barrier and sob and sob and sob.Someone is knocking on my door.No. Surely that’s not my door.There it is again!“Hello?” a girl calls from the hallway. “Hello? Are you okay?”No, I’m not okay. GO AWAY. But she calls again, and I’m obligated to crawl off my bed and answer the door. A blonde with long, tight curls waits on the other side. She’s tall and big, but not overweight-big.Volleyball player big. A diamondlike nose ring sparkles in the hall light. “Are you all right?” Her voice is gentle. “I’m Meredith; I live next door. Were those your parents who just left?”My puffy eyes signal the affirmative.“I cried the first night, too.” She tilts her head, thinks for a moment, and then nods. “Come on. Chocolat chaud.”“A chocolate show?” Why would I want to see a chocolate show? My mother has abandoned me and I’m terrified to leave my room and—“No.” She smiles. “Chaud. Hot. Hot chocolate, I can make some in my room.”Oh.Despite myself, I follow. Meredith stops me with her hand like a crossing guard. She’s wearing rings on all five fingers. “Don’t forget your key. The doors automatically lock behind you.”“I know.” And I tug the necklace out from underneath my shirt to prove it. I slipped my key onto it during this weekend’s required Life Skills Seminars for new students, when they told us how easy it is to get locked out.We enter her room. I gasp. It’s the same impossible size as mine, seven by ten feet, with the same mini-desk, mini-dresser, mini-bed, mini-fridge, mini-sink, and mini-shower. (No mini-toilet, those are shared down the hall.) But . . . unlike my own sterile cage, every inch of wall and ceiling is covered with posters and pictures and shiny wrapping paper and brightly colored flyers written in French.“How long have you been here?” I ask.Meredith hands me a tissue and I blow my nose, a terrible honk like an angry goose, but she doesn’t flinch or make a face. “I arrived yesterday. This is my fourth year here, so I didn’t have to go to the seminars. I flew in alone, so I’ve just been hanging out, waiting for my friends to show up.” She looks around with her hands on her hips, admiring her handiwork. I spot a pile of magazines, scissors, and tape on her floor and realize it’s a work in progress. “Not bad, eh? White walls don’t do it for me.”I circle her room, examining everything. I quickly discover that most of the faces are the same five people: John, Paul, George, Ringo, and some soccer guy I don’t recognize.“The Beatles are all I listen to. My friends tease me, but—”“Who’s this?” I point to Soccer Guy. He’s wearing red and white, and he’s all dark eyebrows and dark hair. Quite good-looking, actually.“Cesc Fàbregas. God, he’s the most incredible passer. Plays for Arsenal. The English football club? No?”I shake my head. I don’t keep up with sports, but maybe I should. “Nice legs, though.”“I know, right? You could hammer nails with those thighs.”While Meredith brews chocolat chaud on her hot plate, I learn she’s also a senior, and that she only plays soccer during the summer because our school doesn’t have a program, but that she used to rank All-State in Massachusetts. That’s where she’s from, Boston. And she reminds me I should call it “football” here, which—when I think about it—really does make more sense. And she doesn’t seem to mind when I badger her with questions or paw through her things.Her room is amazing. In addition to the paraphernalia taped to her walls, she has a dozen china teacups filled with plastic glitter rings, and silver rings with amber stones, and glass rings with pressed flowers. It already looks as if she’s lived here for years.I try on a ring with a rubber dinosaur attached. The T-rex flashes red and yellow and blue lights when I squeeze him. “I wish I could have a room like this.” I love it, but I’m too much of a neat freak to have something like it for myself. I need clean walls and a clean desktop and everything put away in its right place at all times.Meredith looks pleased with the compliment.“Are these your friends?” I place the dinosaur back into its teacup and point to a picture tucked in her mirror. It’s gray and shadowy and printed on thick, glossy paper. Clearly the product of a school photography class. Four people stand before a giant hollow cube, and the abundance of stylish black clothing and deliberately mussed hair reveals Meredith belongs to the resident art clique. For some reason, I’m surprised. I know her room is artsy, and she has all of those rings on her fingers and in her nose, but the rest is clean-cut—lilac sweater, pressed jeans, soft voice. Then there’s the soccer thing, but she’s not a tomboy either.She breaks into a wide smile, and her nose ring winks. “Yeah. Ellie took that at La Défense. That’s Josh and St. Clair and me and Rashmi. You’ll meet them tomorrow at breakfast. Well, everyone but Ellie. She graduated last year.”The pit of my stomach begins to unclench. Was that an invitation to sit with her?“But I’m sure you’ll meet her soon enough, because she’s dating St. Clair. She’s at Parsons Paris now for photography.”I’ve never heard of it, but I nod as if I’ve considered going there myself someday.“She’s really talented.” The edge in her voice suggests otherwise, but I don’t push it. “Josh and Rashmi are dating, too,” she adds.Ah. Meredith must be single.Unfortunately, I can relate. Back home I’d dated my friend Matt for five months. He was tall-ish and funny-ish and had decent-ish hair. It was one of those “since no one better is around, do you wanna make out?” situations. All we’d ever done was kiss, and it wasn’t even that great.Too much spit. I always had to wipe off my chin.We broke up when I learned about France, but it wasn’t a big deal. I didn’t cry or send him weepy emails or key his mom’s station wagon. Now he’s going out with Cherrie Milliken, who is in chorus and has shiny shampoo-commercial hair. It doesn’t even bother me.Not really.Besides, the breakup freed me to lust after Toph, multiplex coworker babe extraordinaire. Not that I didn’t lust after him when I was with Matt, but still. It did make me feel guilty. And things were starting to happen with Toph—they really were—when summer ended. But Matt’s the only guy I’ve ever gone out with, and he barely counts. I once told him I’d dated this guy named Stuart Thistleback at summer camp. Stuart Thistleback had auburn hair and played the stand-up bass, and we were totally in love, but he lived in Chattanooga and we didn’t have our driver’s licenses yet.Matt knew I made it up, but he was too nice to say so.I’m about to ask Meredith what classes she’s taking, when her phone chirps the first few bars of “Strawberry Fields Forever.” She rolls her eyes and answers. “Mom, it’s midnight here. Six-hour time difference, remember?”I glance at her alarm clock, shaped like a yellow submarine, and I’m surprised to find she’s right. I set my long-empty mug of chocolat chaud on her dresser. “I should get going,” I whisper. “Sorry I stayed so long.”“Hold on a sec.” Meredith covers the mouthpiece. “It was nice meeting you. See you at breakfast?”“Yeah. See ya.” I try to say this casually, but I’m so thrilled that I skip from her room and promptly slam into a wall.Whoops. Not a wall. A boy.“Oof.” He staggers backward.“Sorry! I’m so sorry, I didn’t know you were there.”He shakes his head, a little dazed.The first thing I notice is his hair—it’s the first thing I notice about everyone. It’s dark brown and messy and somehow both long and short at the same time. I think of the Beatles, since I’ve just seen them in Meredith’s room. It’s artist hair. Musician hair. I-pretend-I-don’t-care-but-I-really-do hair.Beautiful hair.“It’s okay, I didn’t see you either. Are you all right, then?”Oh my. He’s English.“Er. Does Mer live here?”Seriously, I don’t know any American girl who can resist an English accent.The boy clears his throat. “Meredith Chevalier? Tall girl? Big, curly hair?” Then he looks at me like I’m crazy or half deaf, like my Nanna Oliphant. Nanna just smiles and shakes her head whenever I ask, “What kind of salad dressing would you like?” or “Where did you put Granddad’s false teeth?”“I’m sorry.” He takes the smallest step away from me. “You were going to bed.”“Yes! Meredith lives there. I’ve just spent two hours with her.” I announce this proudly like my brother, Seany, whenever he finds something disgusting in the yard. “I’m Anna! I’m new here!” Oh God. What. Is with.The scary enthusiasm? My cheeks catch fire, and it’s all so humiliating.The beautiful boy gives an amused grin. His teeth are lovely—straight on top and crooked on the bottom, with a touch of overbite. I’m a sucker for smiles like this, due to my own lack of orthodontia. I have a gap between my front teeth the size of a raisin.“Étienne,” he says. “I live one floor up.”“I live here.” I point dumbly at my room while my mind whirs: French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.He raps twice on Meredith’s door. “Well. I’ll see you around then, Anna.”Eh-t-yen says my name like this: Ah-na.My heart thump thump thumps in my chest.Meredith opens her door. “St. Clair!” she shrieks. She’s still on the phone. They laugh and hug and talk over each other. “Come in! How was your flight? When’d you get here? Have you seen Josh? Mom, I’ve gotta go.”Meredith’s phone and door snap shut simultaneously.I fumble with the key on my necklace. Two girls in matching pink bathrobes strut behind me, giggling and gossiping. A crowd of guys across the hall snicker and catcall. Meredith and her friend laugh through the thin walls. My heart sinks, and my stomach tightens back up.I’m still the new girl. I’m still alone.chapter threeThe next morning, I consider stopping by Meredith’s, but I chicken out and walk to breakfast by myself. At least I know where the cafeteria is (Day Two: Life Skills Seminars). I double-check for my meal card and pop open my Hello Kitty umbrella. It’s drizzling. The weather doesn’t give a crap that it’s my first day of school.