Series Review – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Posted July 7, 2015 by Emz Chang in review / 2 Comments

Series Review – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
TITLE: Anna and the French Kiss
AUTHOR: Stephanie Perkins
SERIES: Anna and the French Kiss #1
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RATING: 4.5 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?


Review:

I liked reading Anna and the French Kiss. It was a light, fun read that made me smile and laugh. And I liked the character development even though some of them drove me mad. But I do have to say the second degree embarrassment is real.

I thought Anna was a tad too boy crazy, but regardless she was still a great friend. And can I just say Étienne St. Clair sounds really dreamy and hot. Even though he’s super short. The romance was kind of frustrating, or rather the circumstances around it were, but I liked it anyways.


Final Rating
Characters
4.5 Stars
Pacing
4.5 Stars
Plot
4 Stars
Romance
4.5 Stars
Writing
4.5 Stars
Overall: 4.4

Series Review – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
TITLE: Lola and the Boy Next Door
AUTHOR: Stephanie Perkins
SERIES: Anna and the French Kiss #2
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RATING: 4 Stars

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Review:

My first thought about Lola and the Boy Next Door was kind of like Anna and the French Kiss except the roles are reversed. I think this book was focused on both the romance and the concept of identity. Identity is something Lola struggles with a lot throughout the book, and I could relate to her a lot. That being said, I wanted to shake her a lot – she came off as really oblivious to what was happening around her. I liked Cricket and his awkwardness too.

I’m not going to lie, my favorite parts were probably when Anna and Étienne appear. They seem like they have grown up from their France days. I think Lola and the Boy Next Door had a similar feel to Anna and the French Kiss, (both had some nice funny, nice, and romantic moments), but just with more head banging.


Final Rating
Characters
4.5 Stars
Pacing
4 Stars
Plot
3.5 Stars
Romance
4 Stars
Writing
4.5 Stars
Overall: 4.1

Series Review – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
TITLE: Isla and the Happily Ever After
AUTHOR: Stephanie Perkins
SERIES: Anna and the French Kiss #3
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RATING: 3.5 Stars

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Review:

My first thought after reading this was that’s it? That’s all the Anna & Étienne and Lola & Cricket we get? What? I have to say, I liked Isla and the Happily Ever After the least out of the three. It might be because I was craving a fantasy though.

While I liked Isla and Josh together, I miss Rashimi. That, and Isla kind of annoyed me. Not a lot but still. She was really perceptive when it came to other people, but she was blind when it came to herself. Head, meet wall. And although I did miss Josh while reading Lola and the Boy Next Door, I thought he did some stupid stuff in this book too. More head banging moments.


Final Rating
Characters
4 Stars
Pacing
3.5 Stars
Plot
3.5 Stars
Romance
3.5 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
Overall: 3.7

In Conclusion…

I liked how the three books strayed from the typical path most contemporary novels take. Each one had its own twists and turns and original elements. Each one had distinctly different core characters and a different story to tell.

Emz Chang

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2 responses to “Series Review – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  1. I am super interested in this series, so it is good to see your reviews for the series all in one place. I have heard that most people’s favorite is Anna. I really need to read these!
    -Monica @ Tomes Project