Why I’m Never Going to Read Anna and the French Kiss

August 4, 2017

Perhaps you’ve clicked on this to point out that the book in the cover picture isn’t Anna and the French Kiss. Don’t worry! I have realised. However, this is also a post is about why I’m not going to read it and so it kind of makes sense that I don’t have the book on hand. After all, why would I spend money on something that I have no intention of reading? If you haven’t clicked because of that, then I apologise. I just needed something to start my post off. I’m quite frankly horrible at introductions.

So, what’s my deal with Anna and the French Kiss? Well first, I would first like to state that I have nothing against Stephanie Perkins. In fact, I’m super hyped for her new book that’s coming out, There’s Someone Inside Your House because I’m a sucker for YA horror. It’s just . . . Well, it’s just that the synopsis of Anna and the French Kiss makes me uncomfortable. Not to the extent where my toes curl up and shivers run up and down my spine, but the kind of uncomfortable that makes my nose wrinkle in distaste all the while I begin to squint just to make sure that I’m reading it right. Because it seems to me that the synopsis is about cheating. 

The synopsis on Goodreads states that “Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.” In short, it seems to me that this is not only a book about cheating and/or a being home wrecker, but it’s also one where it’s painted as a ‘good’ thing and I truly don’t understand why so many people are in love with that concept. Not only is the main character trying to ‘get’ someone else’s boyfriend, but it she doesn’t seem to be held accountable for it? Instead it’s made out to be a Romeo and Juliet romance, in which they cross immeasurable odds to be together.

Recommendation of the post: Princess of Thorns. This book was extremely fun to read, but at the same time gave an insightful look into both the stereotypical roles of males / females as well as how they see each other. It was a book about family, bravery and courage (which can only be found when you’re scared). It was refreshing, to say the least.


I’m sorry, but I can’t get behind that. Cheating just doesn’t make sense to me. Nor does trying to steal someone else’s boyfriend, I mean damn– accept that he’s taken and move on. Don’t be that selfish asshole who’s only thinking about themselves. Furthermore, they’re in a serious relationship aka built in rock. I understand that sometimes people go on a couple dates with a couple of different people sometimes, I mean there used to be the whole concept of going steady. I get that. But breaking up people who sound like they have committed to each other? Nah bro. Don’t do that.


From what I’ve read it also seems that the girlfriend is supposed to be the bad guy. What, just because she’s going out with the guy that the main character wants? There are so many things wrong with that, girl on girl hate for one thing. Placing a boy over the possible friendship that could occur. Wanting to take something (someone) that someone else loves, because you think your wants are better than theirs. Spoiler alert (not really, I haven’t read the book) Anna’s needs aren’t more important than this other girl’s. It’s literally just a cute boy.


However, I’m totally judgement free if you like the book. Sometimes it can be nice to lose yourself in a whirlwind of romance and cute boys! Personally, I just can’t quite wrap my head around the whole concept, but that’s alright. To each to our own I guess. Honestly, I really wish that I could like books like this (it happened with Katie Cotugno’s 99 Days as well) but the whole idea just makes me eurghh. It’s just not for me.


What about you? Have you read Anna and the French Kiss? What did you think about it?
Fleur xox
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  • Reply fairydancer221 August 5, 2017 at 8:51 am

    That’s why I don’t want to read the book, either. It strikes me as cheating and man-stealing, and I support neither.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 6, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Completely agree! I realise that it might be a fantasy for some people, but it just makes me way too uncomfortable to read about it.

  • Reply Laura August 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I don’t think I’d read this book either because of that. I really hate it when books cast cheating in a good light, because think how you would feel to be the one on the other side of that, with someone trying to steal your boyfriend? Not cool.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Definitely not cool. Infidelity is definitely something that’s becoming more and more popular in the mainstream media. Personally, I don’t want to be swayed into thinking that it’s okay without consent! If it’s an open relationship then I would be completely fine with it, but going behind someone’s back? Ick.

  • Reply Tessa August 6, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Anna and the French Kiss was one of the very first YA contemporary books that I read years and years ago. In the very beginning, as a naive reader new to the genre, I thought it was a good book. I was swept into the beauty of France, the drama of a forbidden relationship, and the charm of the “love” interest. Then again, I did not have a lot of exposure to other romances that did not base the story on unnecessary drama.

    Anna’s story appeals so much because we have all been that person. We have all liked a boy or girl who was already in a relationship. In real life, we cannot do anything about it because we are sane human beings with empathy and stuff. But, every once in a while we like to see what could have happened (even though not really) if we went after him/her. It’s kind of like bad reality TV, when we like to watch the drama because our own lives do not have any.

    Thankfully, as my adventures in YA continued, I have read many more contemporaries that do not use cheating as clickbait. Even though Anna and the French Kiss might have been good for my naive self, if I read it again, I highly doubt that would be the case.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Even though I’m never going to read it, I do understand the appeal. Books are supposed to be places where you can live through other people and experience things that you can’t in real life! I know that I definitely do that with fantasy and sci fi. Being in France (to people who don’t already live there) can definitely seem exotic and interesting, as does being with a french boy. Thats why I don’t have anything against people who have read and enjoyed this!

      I suppose one of the things that bugs me about books like Anna and the French Kiss is that so often, the main character doesn’t realise that what she did was wrong. Sure, there’s plenty of OTHER people telling her that she’s wrong, but the only reason that she might regret it is because she no longer has any friends (or something along those lines). That part just doesn’t sit right with me.

      Thanks for popping by and commenting!

  • Reply Julie Maguda (@JulieMaguda) August 7, 2017 at 1:38 am

    YES!! I just read this one recently because everyone has been telling me I need to, and I didn’t like it at all for this very reason. I hate cheating! It wouldn’t be so bad if he broke things off with the girlfriend but that doesn’t happen until way later and that REALLY bothered me. I also couldn’t understand why anyone would consider him “book-boyfriend” material. He’s basically cheating on his actual girlfriend the whole time!! Not cool. He also had a habit of running very hot and cold with Anna and that rubbed me the wrong way too. Meh…not my kind of book. Great post!

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Exactly! It’s like he was stringing the other girl along until he was 100% certain that he wanted Anna. Like mate, if you aren’t sure that you really like your girlfriend then do the smart thing and break up with her. Playing hot and cold, or being indecisive like that is incredibly selfish and effects literally everyone who is involved. Ugh, so not cool.

  • Reply Drangonfly August 10, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I had never heard of this book but YUP I’m with you I hate cheating so I don’t think I would read it either. Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Oooh I’m glad that I introduced the book to you (even if you aren’t going to read it haha). Thank you for popping by and commenting!

  • Reply Jennilyn V. (@RurouniJenni) August 16, 2017 at 8:12 am

    This is an interesting post. I have a copy but it got buried on my TBR pile, it’s there somewhere. I got it when I was my younger naive self and I was still not conscious that books promoting girl on girl hate can be dangerous. I know better now.

    Would I still read my copy? Maybe, eventually if I feel like it. But at least I would be aware enough not to be lured by the romanticized cheating trope.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      I’m glad that you thought so! Girl on girl hate is SUCH a toxic trope that really needs to be called out more. Although having said that, I’m glad that you haven’t alienated the book entirely – I think that as long as one goes into a book knowing that certain tropes, characters or situations are wrong then the book becomes a little less terrible. I just feel as though I have to call it out for all of those people who haven’t realised the book for what it is!

  • Reply Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction August 29, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I normally have a REAL issue with books about cheating too. Somehow Anna (mostly) won me over—though I didn’t love it as much as some other people do. I understand that sometimes relationships break down and people break up, but I get frustrated when we’re supposed to root for a new relationship instead of wanting to see the old one repaired. After all, in real life relationships take work!

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley August 29, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      I completely get that frustration! If I wasn’t so annoyed with it, I would have probably read the book by now – so many people seem to love it. Literature is supposed to be about exploring other avenues and having fun. I guess what it boils down to, is that reading about cheating outweighs the fun I might have if the writing is good? Relationships definitely take a lot of work!

  • Reply TheReadersBay September 1, 2017 at 9:30 am

    OMG YESSS!! I hate it how sooooooo many people are swooning over this book. Like daamit please stop! I love how you’ve mentioned so many points that I have already mentioned in my review toooo! Like you dont even know how happy I am to read this hahaha
    Check out my review on my blog toooo! I’d love for you to stop by.

    • Reply Fleur @ Fleur Henley September 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Just checked your review out! Loved it. Thank you so much for popping by!

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