Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her attention. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking of word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken—and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's been waiting for?

Published by Dutton in 2010.

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International bestseller

NPR's Year's Best Teen Reads, 2010

NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels, #53

NPR's 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances

 Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Young Adult Fiction of 2010, nominee

Goodreads Top 100 Young Adult Books of All Time

Cybils Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction, 2011

 Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky, 2011

 YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012 list

YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Forbidden Romance, 2012

TAYSHAS Reading List, 2012

 Milwaukee County Teen Book Award, 2012, nominee

 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, honor, 2012-13

 Abraham Lincoln Award, 2013, nominee


"From the magical streets of Paris to its charming narrator, Anna and the French Kiss has it all. A wonderfully winning book!"

—ROBIN BENWAY, author of Audrey, Wait! 

"Perkins' debut, narrated in Anna's likable, introspective voice, is an absorbing and enjoyable read."


"No one captures the exhilarating and exhausting 'but-does-he-like-me?!' question better than Stephanie Perkins. A scrumptious read."

—JUSTINA CHEN, author of North of Beautiful

"Magical. Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love."

—CASSANDRA CLARE, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series

"Tantalizing pacing, sparkling repartee, vibrant supporting characters . . ."

—GAYLE FORMAN, #1 NYT bestselling author of If I Stay and Where She Went

"Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book."

—MAUREEN JOHNSON, NYT bestselling author of The Shades of London series and Let It Snow

"Smart dialogue, fresh characters and plenty of tingly interactions . . . Sarah Dessen fans will welcome another author who gracefully combines love and realism."

—KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review ★

"Smart and sensual, Anna and the French Kiss is everything your heart is longing for. You'll want to live inside this story forever."

—LISA MCMANN, NYT bestselling author of the Wake trilogy

"Anna and the French Kiss charms [readers] with its Parisian setting and a très bien boy."


"Imagine a mug of rich, thick hot chocolate. Now add a swirl of sweet whipped cream. Yummy? Oui. Well, Anna and the French Kiss is richer, sweeter, and—yes—even hotter. You're in for a very special treat."

—LAUREN MYRACLE, NYT bestselling author of the Internet Girls series and Let It Snow

"Anna's richness of character and clever turns of phrase will endear her to any reader." 


"Perkins has written a delightful debut novel with refreshingly witty characters."