Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: December 2, 2010
My rating: 2/5 stars
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.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
This review is completely different from my typical reviews, but I thought it might be fun since I unintentionally wrote the entire review on Twitter. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to embed the entire thread, so I copied the tweets. You can read the entire thread here.
If you like this, let me know. I will be back to my usual format with the next review. Without further ado, my thoughts in a series of tweets.
A few hours later, I was no longer on the fence and decided to review it and started a thread:
“I have a few minutes to spare, so let me talk about Anna and the French Kiss. It was hilariously bad, but I kept listening because I couldn’t stop laughing at the tropes and drama.”
“The entire book is written from Anna’s POV, but there’s no depth and no character development. Everything is surface, which would have been fine because I wasn’t looking for literary fiction. Anna is jealous, possessive, and obsessed with this guy, Etienne St. Clair.”
My first impression of Etienne St. Clair and overall thoughts about him as the love interest because I can’t believe that he’s not even French!
“Etienne St. Clair is a messy ass trick ass hoe. He’s American-born, raised in England, and attends school in Paris with Anna. My first thought when he introduced himself was: “Sounds like a scam with an accent.” I was right.”
“He cheated on his girlfriend, strings Anna and Meredith along, and claims he’s unhappy with his girlfriend when he’s confronted. Like the scammer that he is, he leaves Anna to handle the fallout from the mess they created. This happens multiple times.”
Back to Anna because she deserves better and needs to do better:
“Anna spends the entire book obsessing over this scammer, who honestly isn’t even that interesting. But he looks good! She’s a crappy friend, keeps a tally how much time St. Claire spends with her vs. his girlfriend, and is not at all remorseful.”
My thoughts on the side characters:
“But wait, St. Clair isn’t the only scammer in here. There’s Bridget, the best friend who betrayed Anna for the peen. There’s a homophobic scammer named Amanda (Anna’s enemy). There’s a douche scammer named Dave. There’s also some wack ass scammer dads.”
“Basically, this book is a lot of whining, cheating, and drama. My best friend got in the car when I was 95% finished with the book and the first thing she said was, “Why is this girl so whiny?” I looked at her like…”
“Anna is 18 though, so I don’t blame her be for being hormonal and all about the getting the peen she wants. I get it. For keeping me entertained, I give this book 3 stars. I got a good laugh at how bad it was. I’m going to copy this thread and post it as my review. The end.”
Update: I changed my rating for this book from 3 to 2 stars.
Have your read Anna and the French Kiss? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!