Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Teen Fiction, Romance Fiction
Publication Date: December 2, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
ISBN-13 Book: 9780525423270
Source: I received a copy of the book for review for work on my states teen book award committee.  This is my honest review!


Anna and the French KissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When her father sends her off to the School of America Paris Anna is angry.  Forced to leave her home, her family, and friends for her senior year of high school was not her idea.  Then she meets Étienne St. Clair and everything changes.
 
I have seen dozens and dozens of reviews for this book, and on the whole everybody has loved it.  I think that kind of set me up for disappointment.  I was expecting so much from this novel, and while it did deliver an exceptional story—I was still left wanting more. 

Okay, you want to talk about mixed reviews—this is certainly going to be one!  On one hand I loved this book.  I loved the characters, the setting, the love story, etc…  On the other hand, I was frustrated by this book.  Anna was whiny at times and quick to jump to conclusions.  Some parts were a bit predictable, and I also find myself wondering how memorable will this book be several months down the road.  As I said, I am at odds of over this book.

The pacing is spot on.  From the very beginning I couldn’t put this book down.  Perkins hooks you from the first page and invests you in the lives of her characters and this unique setting.  Never once did the pacing falter.

The characters are charming.  These are people you want to know and be friends with.  I loved how easily they accepted Anna into their group.  I did find Anna to be a bit whiny at times and more than a bit self-absorbed.  She moons over how perfect she though St. Clair was, which several times gave me flashbacks to the heroine of a certain popular vampire series.  I do like that she eventually saw St. Clair’s flaws as well as her own, but sometimes the mooning over him got to be a bit much.

The setting was perfect for this novel.  I loved when the characters left school to explore Paris and visit different places.  I was surprised by how much freedom these students had, but glad of it also—they couldn’t have been traipsing around Paris if they didn’t have that kind of freedom.

Overall this was an interesting novel and a fun romance.  In some ways I could picture it in my head like scenes playing out in a movie.  The characters were interesting, the pacing perfect, I just wish I hadn’t put it on such a high pedestal, because it came up a little short.  Definitely a fun book to read though. 

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3 comments:

  1. I was beginning to think I was the only one not head over heels in love with this book. My problem was with St. Clair. I had a real problem with how he kept dumping Anna after leading her on for like a year!! I'm ok with things not working out perfect right away but that took way too long. I also didn't see exactly how they were "best friends"
    I know a few people had problems with Anna but I liked how she went on with life instead of waiting for St Claire all the time.
    I liked it, a lot, but I didn't love it.
    I may have been a victim of hype as well. You expect a perfect book.
    Lola and the Boy Next Door on the other hand.....loved!

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  2. I haven't read Lola yet, but that is definitely on my list. You are so right about St. Clair though--he leads Anna on terribly. In some ways it just felt like it was too long--how many chances did she give him! I did like it, but it wasn't what it was hyped up to be.

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  3. Hey y'all. I was disappointed, too. Just posted my review today. Not sure I want to read another Perkins book. I think I had too many gripes.

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