This blog is a bit late but we finished reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins about two or three weeks ago. Anna and the French Kiss is the first book in the trilogy although each book is an independent read with different characters and does not require you to read the books in order. Anna and the French Kiss is followed by Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After (which we plan on reading soon.) We both really enjoyed the book and from the moment we began reading it, we couldn’t put it down. I originally only got the book because it took place in Paris (we love anything Paris related) but I’m extremely happy that I read it because it was a cute, romantic story. We enjoyed the book so much that we finished the book in 2 days, which is not something that happens very often because we are still in high school, but this was a book we both could not put down. After finishing the book I was hoping that the book was longer because I wanted to read more about the relationship between Anna and St. Clair.
The book starts off with Anna (the main character) listing off the things she knows about Paris one of them being that apparently Persians don’t like white shoes. Anna Oliphant lives in Atlanta, Georgia and she is obsessed with films and even runs her own blog criticing different films. Anna is upset that her father (a famous author) sends her off to spend her senior year of high school in Paris, where she attends the School of America in Paris: referred to as SOAP by the students who attend the school. Anna was furious at first with her father because he was sending her to Paris without asking her if she wanted to spend the school year abroad. Anna did not want to leave her life and her loved ones (her brother, her best friend, her crush, and her mom) behind in Atlanta and to go to school in Paris but she later regrets not having wanted to go. When Anna arrives at her new school, she is instantly overcome with feelings of sadness, she felt alone, she left alone without her family. Although the walls are paper thin Anna can’t help herself from crying and her next door roommate hears her and invites her over for hot chocolate and from that moment on Anna becomes friends with Meredith who later introduces Anna to the rest of her friends but before leaving Meredith’s room, she bumps into Étienne St. Clair who she is instantly attracted to. The rest of the book follows Anna falling more and more in love with St. Clair and her trying to keep her feelings at bay because St. Clair has a girlfriend and although he has a girlfriend, he finds himself falling in love with Anna and doesn’t know what to do with his feelings for her. Together Anna and St. Clair explore Paris while trying to keep their relationship solely friendly but eventually can’t help how they feel about each other and despite many obstacles end up together. Anna and St. Clair go through many ups and downs but can’t seem hide their feelings for each other which causes many disturbances but at the end of the novel, many of their problems are resolved and they both head off to California.
Overall we really enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to people that enjoy cute romances. We’re extremely excited to read the rest of the books and see what adventures the other characters go on. We rated this book a 5/5 and all of our expectations for the book were met and surpassed.
Have an ALMIGHTY Day!