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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 Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

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Hardcover, 372 pages
Published December 2nd 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“I cheated on her every day. In my mind, I thought of you in ways I shouldn’t have, again and again. She was nothing compared to you. I’ve never felt this way about anybody before—”
What's the saying? Once a cheater, always a cheater? Oh, the fucking hypocrisy.

There were many things I wanted to do to Anna Oliphant throughout this book. Some of them involve a bottle of choloroform, a shovel, and an unmarked grave. Mostly, I just want to bring Anna in front of the US Congress as an example of h
Nina ♥


St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. ST. CLAIR!!!!

Can’t I just fill this review with his name instead of explaining how much I effing LOVED this book and trying to describe in vivid detail how beautiful and amazing and gorgeous and sexy and adorable and
Barry Pierce
When I was four, I fell off a tree. I hit the ground face first. What I didn't know was that there was a very small, sharp root sticking out of the ground at the base of the tree. It went through my cheek. I went to the ER but had to wait until 2am because it was a busy night. I sat there for hours in that ER with a hole in my cheek. When the doctor finally saw me he thought that since it was a busy night and there were so many people in the ER that he would just sew up my cheek without having t ...more
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
This book is adorable, I’m not gonna lie.

Wealthy white teenagers having first-world problems.

Anna, the valiant, is plucked from Georgia and “abandoned” by her parents at a boarding school for rich American teens living in Paris, where she collapses into tears at the injustice of it all.

Intrigued? That's only the beginning of this incredible tale.

Sadly, my hopes for a dramatic twist of the Taken variety came to naught as the entire novel progressed without a single gun fight, kidnapping, or car
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Watch my full review here:
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Update after reading this book for the THIRD time:
Etienne. ETIENNE. The boy of my dreams (well...second place after Will Herondale, but still, that's a high honor). Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite YA contemporary writers as she has this way of writing books (which really sound SO cheesy plot and title-wise) that leaves you in a puddle of happy tears and hormones after the last page. This book has an inexplicable quality that even after reading the book multiple times, I can fall in love
Is there nothing that this godforsaken year will not take from me?

Is nothing sacred? No offense too far?

I am suffering.

In fact, I was already suffering. “Rereading my favorite book from when I was 15 for the sixth time” does not exactly scream ~mentally well~.

And yet the universe must have decided I deserved more suffering for, like, my middle school Justin Bieber phase when I once responded to my enemy in eighth grade chemistry’s accusation that JBiebz was auto-tuned with a specific moment wh
Emily May
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Jessica
This is one of the cutest feel-good teen romances I have ever read. It has a bit of everything that you want... humour, a likeable protagonist and a completely swoon-worthy guy called Etienne St. Clair. You could fall in love with the name alone, even without the fact that he's sweet, kind, honest and nothing at all like any of the English boys I grew up with. It's a very cute book, a very nice book, neither is a bad thing but if I start mentioning words like 'cute' and 'nice' in a review you ca ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Twilight, Formulaic Romances, and Annoying "Quirky" Hypocritical Heroines Like Bianca Piper
Recommended to Cory by: Everyone
Edited to Add a Disgruntled Reader's Reply at the Bottom. Apparently, I don't know how to write reviews.

The best thing about this book? The end.

I don't read chick-lit. In fact, I avoid it like the plague. But this book received rave reviews from every single person on my friendlist. So I thought, hey, why not? Maybe this won't be like the formulaic Mary Kate and Ashley movies my teachers made me watch in first grade. Maybe Anna will be smart and witty. And maybe Etienne will be awesome.

I'm too
Apr 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
So, Anna is forced to go to boarding school in Paris (I know! Poor bébé) and she crushes on a guy who already has a girlfriend. They flirt and obsess over each other while he is still dating the other girl. To add icing to Anna’s miserable cake, she is then forced to get mad at her friend who does something despicable: her friend dates a boy that Anna thought liked her instead. Life is just not fair.

I gave this book one star because:
1) Anna is a whiny hypocrite who has very different ideas abou
ahhh, paris. the city of lights. la ville d’amour. the perfect setting for any book, in my opinion, and this story only made me fall in love with the city all over again. <3

and thats about the only positive experience that came from reading this. whomp whomp.

i have seen an overwhelming amount of positive reviews for this and thought i was going to be in for a light-hearted and fluffy YA novel, but i was surprised at how problematic i found this to be. and normally that wouldnt bother me - i do
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”I live here.” I point dumbly at my room while my mind whirrs: French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.”

This quote! *lol* It about sums up at least 90% of all the teens who ever fell in love and were completely dumbstruck by the sudden appearance of their love interest. And I think this wasn’t just a nice scene but also relatable af. XD

So I apparently enjoyed the book, but unlike the majority of my friends I only gave “Anna and the French Kiss” three stars. I’m sure you can’t
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
GOD! I’m giddy... I’m actually giddy after reading this book! Oh and I’m officially a Nook hugger. This book made me a chronic giddy Nook hugger. What a hot mess! But so what I ♥ it. Jolly good book indeed!

Anna and the French Kiss is an absolute hit. It immediately takes top rank in my fave YA romance, chicky-type lit reads and there is absolutely no doubt I’ll be reading this book every year over and over again. The blokes and blokettes are loveable, the storyline is perfect, and the light roma
daph pink ♡
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: ya, 2-star
My passion includes :- lowering the rating of books I once adored from 5 stars to 4 stars to 2 stars within a span of 11 months.🙄🧐
What I like about Stephanie Perkins is that her books are fluffy, and they're okay with that: there's no heavy message attached to this as the author attempts to shove an after-school special down our throats. I didn't like that when I was a teenager, and I don't like it now. Sometimes I feel like that's my real problem with contemporary novels - that they want desperately to be didactic in the way that dystopia or high fantasy is but their settings are too literal to pull it off properly. But S ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-away
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pan, firestarter
CW/TW: emotional cheating, slut-shaming, girl-hate, mentions of eating disorder as an insult, homophobia, bullying

"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."

Paris, France (2010) — Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Anna Oliphant is enthused to return to school for the upcoming year as a senior, especially when her life is going exactly how she wants it to be: with a great job, a supportive best friend, and an almost boyfriend
Merphy Napier
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was so bad. I mean, it was terrible.

Lack of communication. check
Cheating. check
Make the cheater look romantic (or try to). check
LOADS of unnecessary drama. check
Justification for cheating is no where near acceptable. check
WEIRD and obsessive lines like,
Like an obsessed stalker, I tally the evenings he spends with me verses the evenings he spends with her, I'm winning.
Personalityless and underdeveloped characters that are only inserted into the story to create drama. check
[minor unmarked spoilers ahead]

what i signed up for: a cute, sweet contemporary
what i got instead: a whole load of girl-on-girl hate and slut shaming, plus an insufferable, ridiculously ignorant protagonist (how on earth do you think that ‘oui’ is spelt ‘wee’?). oh, and did i mention cheating?

case exhibit 1:

on amanda:
“a blonde with a beaky nose and a teeny tank top coos as soon as we get in line… she leans over her friend, a short girl with a severe ponytail, and positions herself for m
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-series
“French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.”

I enjoyed this novel a lot. It's funny, it's sweet and above all it's Paris! I love Paris. Very much.
I read Lola and the Boy Next Door first - I was in Paris, found it in a second-hand bookshop for 2€ and didn't have anything else to read.
I have to say that Anna and the French Kiss is a million times better. Lola mostly annoyed me, but I loved the characters around her.
Anna, however, was great. Yes, she does have her fair share of se
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Do you enjoy books about cheating? Do you like heroines who are so stupid that they literally spend a week starving in their boarding school because they are too stupid to order food from a cafeteria? Do you like heroes whose big romantic confessions literally involve the phrase "I cheated on her every day"?

Then this is the book for YOU!

It's been a while since I read a YA book that I hated so much. I think the last one was Molly McAdams'
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Holy St Clair, hypothetical Batman!

This book put me in a whole new state of consciousness. It put me in the life of Anna. It took me straight to Paris and I never looked back.

When I get desperately into the groove of a book, I literally (okay, fine, figuratively) transform into a hermit crab.

I curl up so tight in the shell of my blanket in that special nook carved out in my chair, so tight that everything else melts away. It's just me a
the burning dreamer.
Anna and the French Kiss: certified #1 cure for your woes. (Drake, that goes out to you.)

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

So I started off with this as soon as I was done with Colleen Hoover's Hopeless, if only due to sheer boredom + a lack of wifi + because I'd been putting it off for too many months now. Funny thing is I had tremendous expectations for the former and barely any for this one.

But oh, look how the tables have turned.

Lord knows w
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Meg Cabot
If you are looking for a feel-good chick-lit to read by your Christmas tree, Anna and the French Kiss is a book for you. This novel is as chick-y a lit as it gets.

Anna is sent to Paris to spend her senior year at a boarding school. Of course she doesn't want to go - her life, her best friend, her potential boyfriend, her little brother and mom are in Atlanta. But Anna doesn't sulk for long, she quickly meets new friends and this one totally hot and totally unavailable boy Etienne St. Clair. Oh m
'Oh heavens'... this book was hilarious!!

I loved reading it (twice) and I would read it again simply because it is too cute for words!
It reminded me of myself in high school, and it really felt natural, real.. I can't even tell you what an amazing pleasure reading this book was.

And it's so, so funny, my face hurts from so much laughing ;))

I loved the characters (all of them!), I loved the dialogue (I just could picture those people in front of me talking, and laughing, and teasing, and figh
When people tell me that the book i ranted about/ the book i hated is amongst their favorites and they know it's problematic but they still like it i usually think wtf?

But this book.......this book is:
➡️ cliched to hell.
➡️ has girl villains which is terrible.
➡️ friendships which fall instantaneously into place.
➡️ a bit of emotional cheating which is ALWAYS bad.
➡️ it's cheesy.
➡️ i love it.

None of these things get on my nerves. It's absolute perfection (and my most problematic favorite of all time
Brian Yahn
I'm not a fan of romance, but that didn't stop me from loving All the Bright Places, The Fault in Our Stars, or I'll Give You the Sun. The thing about those books is, they're really about death, more death, and family respectively. Romance is just a small part of the story. Anna and the French Kiss, on the other hand, doesn't have much else going for it, but somehow it works in the beginning.

Your first impression of Anna is that she's this clever tour guide to Paris, France. She wittily introd
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
*** First finished January 6th, 2012
Like everyone says, this is the epitome of YA Romance. It is ADORABLE.

Although I absolutely loved the romance, my favourite part of the book was the setting. I don't know about you, but I haven't heard that much about Paris. Obviously I know about the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, and how it's supposed to be the most Romantic City on earth, but really, I didn't have that great a mental picture in my mind. After reading this book though, I NEED to visit Paris.
Kat Kennedy
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This is one of those books that you finish with a big, satisfying, "Awwwwwwwwwwww!" ...more
Vanessa J.

Review also posted here (October 18th, 2015)

There are times in which I ask myself: Did I read the book wrong? Everyone seems to love it, even the reviewers I trust or people with the same reading tastes as I rated this book highly. How come I hated it? Did I read another book entirely?

As you may be guessing, this is one of those occasions.

I was promised a cute fun read, but I got nothing of the sorts. Instead, I got one of the most immature and stupid books I’ve ever read in my life.

Anna has
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