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Anna and the French Kiss

Posted in create your own, further reading, videos, ya lit with tags on April 14, 2011 by Anita

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. Claire: 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?

–Summary taken from Goodreads


This book  was sort of an unexpected “hit,” getting a lot of buzz in the YA lit blogging community before the holidays.  I wasn’t able to get my hands on a copy until recently, but it was worth the wait.  It’s a wonderful, sweet (but not saccharine), quirky romance.  While I was really frustrated with Etienne for leading Anna on for a while, and even more frustrated with Anna for letting him, I thought it was completely believable.  I can’t wait for the companion novels.

My rating: 5 stacks


A Tour of Anna’s Paris

I made this photo story a few weeks ago in anticipation of our presentation at the AAIM conference, but my laptop crashed before I was able to post it.  We’ve finally retrieved all my files, so I’l happy to be able to share it now.

Since Paris is such an important part of Anna and the French Kiss, I wanted to see all the places Anna visits during her stay.  I thought others might be interested as well.


I used Photo Story to make this video.  For schools & libraries that cannot access online video sites like Animoto, Photo Story is a good solution.  It has to be downloaded to each individual machine, but it’s free and pretty easy to use.


  • Download Photo Story
  • A one page handout for students on Photo Story 3: photostoryforstudents.doc
  • A 7 page step-by-step guide for Photo Story 3: photostorystepbystep.doc
  • Want to add music to your Photo Story from your iTunes account? Download CDex to convert your iTunes files to mp3 files. NOTE: you’ll probably need to burn your iTunes musci to a CD, then upload the CD tracks into CDex to convert.

    Stephanie Perkins Links

    Stephanie Perkins’s Website

    Stephanie Perkins’s Blog

    More to Read and Watch

    Watch French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline for the story of another awkward American who falls in love in, and with, France.

    Recommended Reads from Stephanie Perkins

    Upcoming Books from Stephanie Perkins:

    Lola and the Boy Next Door (September 2011)

    In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.


    Isla and the Happily Ever After (Fall 2012)

    Isla is the final companion to Anna and Lola.


    Find more Reading 2.0 ideas at the Reading 2.0 Wiki.