Saturday, April 16, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo

Anna was 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. So she’ s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Lights, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and heats melt.

Despite all the good things I had heard about it, I didn’t read Anna and the French Kiss until quite recently. Let me say that once I started, I didn’t stop. No matter how many times I told myself I would stop after the next chapter, I just kept reading on. It was that good a book.

Anna was perfectly happy to spend her senior year of high school at home in Atlanta where she has her family, her friends and a potential boyfriend. But her dad decides it would be better for her if she went off to boarding school in Paris. Though Anna doesn’t like the idea at first, she realizes Paris may not be so bad after all. And of course Etienne St. Clair just might have something to do with that. Unfortunately for Anna, St. Clair also happens to have a serious girlfriend. But who knows what can happen when you’re in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Even now that I’m done reading, I just can’t seem to get over how cute and adorable this story was. Not only that but it reminded me of my high school experience overseas, mine wasn’t a boarding school or in Paris but it was still similar. While those similarities drew me into the story, what kept me reading was the writing. This isn’t an action-packed story but the way Stephanie Perkins writes it makes you want to just keep on reading. No matter how many times I told myself to stop reading, I didn’t do so until I realized it was 3 AM and I really had to go to bed. It was just a really adorable story that you can’t help but love and want more of.

As for the characters, they were absolutely great. I loved Anna right from the start. Not only was she a really realistic character but she was also extremely likeable. I just couldn’t help but hope that she would get what she wanted and that everything would work out for her. And then there was Etienne St. Clair. St. Clair has pretty topped my list of literary crushes. I could just picture him in my mind and hear his accent in my head and I wished I was in Anna’s place. He was just a genuinely good guy and you couldn’t do anything but like him. Basically, there were moments where I was pretty jealous of Anna.

Anna and the French Kiss was absolutely adorable and I loved every single page of it. Stephanie Perkins wrote a fantastic story and I absolutely can’t wait to read her next book, Lola and the Boy Next Door.

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8 comments:

  1. I have yet to read this one! I know that I need to, but other things on my TBR list just keep getting in the way! :D haha.

    Aryelle @ ReadingwiththeFishes

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  2. I haven't bought this one yet, but I keep hearing nothing but wonderful things about it. Definitely going to be ordering this one soon, can't wait to read it!

    Jamie @ Bookerella

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  3. I was so surprised by this book. I really enjoyed it, despite not liking high school stories or romances. It really is one of the best contemporary books that I read and I can't really figure out what I enjoyed about it. Great review. I can't wait for the companion novel.

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  4. I have this on my to read list! I must get to it quick!

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  5. I love Etienne St. Clair. He is one of the best male protagonists ever. This whole book is amazing.

    Awesome review!

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  6. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the imperfections of the characters, and even though you knew the ending the way you know how a romantic comedy is going to end, it kept me glued for the entire book.

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  7. I've had this book for a while but haven't read it yet. I am glad that it is a cute read! You made me really want to pick it up!

    Allison
    Well-Read Reviews

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  8. We felt the same way! Is it LOLA time yet? ;)

    We just started a new blog to talk about YA -- not book reviews, more like what's happening in YA (like the dystopian mania, and the trilogy fever, etc.) both good and bad. What's lacking, what's coming up, etc. We're hoping for thoughtful discussion, and we'd love to see you there!

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