Book ReviewYoung Adult

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile | Pages: 400

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Travel

Rating: ★★★★★


Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Ètienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Ètienne has it all … including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses and with their long-awaited French kiss?


I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, THIS BOOK! I don’t know why it took me so long to actually read it!

This book had been on my to be read list for quite a while. It was only after seeing all the posts by someone on bookstagram that I follow, City of Deja that I finally decided it was time to see what I was missing – and boy am I glad I did! And seriously, why did it take me so long to do it?

This is such an amazing contemporary romance read and I think I would have to say it’s my favourite to date. Anna was such a great main character – she was ruthless at times but caring at others. She was a strong female lead who had a realistic personality and a likeness about her that you just had to admire throughout the length of the book.

Ètienne, Ètienne, oh lovely Ètienne. Seriously, though? I have always admired the ability of authors to write such amazing characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Ètienne is no exception. I found myself drawn deeper into his relationship with Anna with each passing page. It was both realistic and inventive and I’m so glad Perkins has given us the opportunity to enjoy their story. In addition Ètienne was cute, kind and totally swoon-worthy!

As a history major in university, I loved the Paris setting. Not only was it intriguing to read a story set in another country to my own, but I loved Perkins ability to include culture and class within her story. I found myself dreaming of the next time I can visit Paris and all the new things I want to try.

I read this book so quickly and I almost regret it. Almost. I say this because it was so good I never wanted to put it down but I do wish I savoured the moment for a little bit longer. This is such a perfect contemporary romance that can be read over and over and over again. I myself, cannot wait to dive back into this story and read the other two books included in this series.

I HIGHLY recommend that everyone reading this review should go out and get themselves a copy of this book, read it, and then fangirl with me over it. Sound like a plan?

Comment below on your favourite part of Anna and the French Kiss. I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

Rating: ★★★★★

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

About the Author:

Stephanie Perkins is a New York Times and international bestselling author of books for teenagers and for adults with teenage hearts. She was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona and attended universities in California and Georgia. Since 2004, she has lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

She has always worked with books – first as a bookseller, then as a librarian and now as a novelist and editor. Her best friend is her husband Jarrod. Every room of their house is painted a different colour of the rainbow and they share it with a feisty cat named Mr. Tumnus.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!


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