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 Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?
©2011 Stephanie Perkins (P)2011 Listening Library
Updated 9/1/2012: 2nd reading of this novel and it filled me with more happiness than the first time. I was able to get a better feel for the minor characters (Rash, Josh, and Mer) and loved them - I would read about their own adventures as well. Of course, I fell in love with St. Clair and I can't believe I forgot how much I adore Anna. Still love this book as much (if not more) than I did the first time I read it.
My first "Chick-Lit" book. If you're wary, DON'T BE! It doesn't matter if you don't think Chick-Lit will be for you or not - you will adore this book. I have been on a YA Contemp binge lately and this has been my favorite so far.
A short list (from a long list) of things that I loved:
Perkins' writing style is free-flowing, nice, and true to the heart of a teenage girl.
Anna is likable. Is she perfect? No, but she is imperfectly perfect. I want Anna as my best friend.
The idea that home can be a PERSON, and not a place.
This book made me feel warm and fuzzy and just plain HAPPY. I smiled while I was reading this book - not (always) a giddy "hehehe - he's so cute" smile - but a genuine smile. That, above all, is what made me fall in love with Anna and the French Kiss.
Tatiana from GoodReads recommends this book for fans of Meg Cabot and I couldn't agree more.
I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.
This is one of my favorite recent contemporary books, and I was curious to see how the audiobook experience compared to the print version. This audiobook release was timed with the release of Lola and the Boy Next Door and I picked up both books to revisit.
The audiobook narrator is Kim Mai Guest, who has narrated several books including Incarceron, Dearly, Departed, and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. At first, the voice of Anna sounded a little bubblier than I imaged her. The narration reminded me a little of Delirium’s Sarah Drew and her portrayal of Lena. However, Guest quickly won me over with her interpretation of Anna and delivers an authentic performance. She also capably handles the nuances of the other characters including their different accents. She even does a fine job with St. Clair’s British accent, and captures the spirit of his character well. There is a roller coaster of emotions found in the book and Guest handles the different feelings needed with ease. The narration flowed well, and the only thing I wondered about is if it would have worked to have a male narrator for St. Clair and the other male roles. Not sure if I would have liked it more, but it did cross my mind.
I loved revisiting this book again and the wonderful Paris setting. If you’ve never read Anna or want to read it again, try out the audio version. It’s a treat to listen to and a swoon-worthy contemporary romance. I would definitely pick up other audiobooks narrated by Kim Mai Guest in the future.
I really enjoyed this book. Very sweet young love and everything that goes along with that. Communication issues, misunderstandings, jealousy, stupidity and in the end, love wins out!
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown awa
Every time I approach a book with high expectations, I can’t help but to fear disappointment, but I’ve only been left with a giddy feeling of being 17 again and a totally melted heart.
After listening to this book, I’m not only in love with love, but I’m also in love with Paris, both exceptionally viewed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Anna.
The brilliant performance of Kim M. Guest of Anna’s point view leaves you not doubt of the talented writing behind the character. The perfect approach to Anna’s personality clearly conveyed all her qualities and emotions, and in the process captures your heart.
Her lovely English accent, tone and manner for Atennie brought him to life in just the way you imagined from Anna’s point of view.
The French accent, gave the book the perfect ambiance, and it truly makes you experience Paris with all its romantic glory.
I especially liked the way the emotional undercurrent was kept throughout the entire book.
Ultimately, this was an excellent and worthy delivery of this terrific book.
It was a cute story from the beginning. Perfectly captures the feelings of a girl in love or with a massive crush. The narrator's british accent could've been better. It was predictable but it's light and easy to listen to and you can easily like the characters and the way they react to each other. Quite realistic on that front. Maybe best for an audience below the age of 18.
Anna's naive character can be either adorable or annoying depending on how you take it. I liked the book.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
Anna and the french kiss was one of the most wonderful stories I've read .. It's has all the elements I love about a high school love , and in Paris , I really want to go there so bad .. I absolutely love this book and the narration was good too most recommended
I loved the narration, loved the characters, loved the last two or three pages of the book I guess u could call it. But struggle through most of the middle of the story where Ana was stuck in a sort of limbo of sorts in my opinion and when Etienne was "confused" and mostly giving Ana mixed signals. really dislike stories where most of the book is full of depression almost. I'm more of a comedy person and although this book had some of it the main character's confusion and conflicts seeped through it for me and I really had to struggle through finishing this book.
I would totally recommend this book/audiobook to a friend. The story was really cute and the characters were fun and likable. Yes, it is mostly romance, but there are also elements of friendship, family, and coming-of-age that were great too.
I don't think I have read another book like this one. Mainly because I liked almost all the characters you were supposed to like and the romance wasn't over the top. It was believable.
This is the first performer I have come across that doesn't bother me. Kim adds to the story instead of takes away from it because her voice isn't obnoxious. I liked all of her character voices, and her regular narrator voice was great.
I loved all of the moments that involved Anna's love of film. She watched some really great movies throughout the story and I really enjoyed that. I liked that I could relate to her love of cinema. And if I am going to be honest, any time St. Claire was in the picture. Those were great moments.
Great performance. Great story.
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