Monday, January 10, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins - 2010

Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Year: 2010
Date Read: 1/8/2011
Overall: * * * * * (5/5)

GoodReads blurb: 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 √Čtienne 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?


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My Review: I really don't have any complaints about this book. The writing was smart and funny, the perfect mix of humor, romance, and intense emotions. I loved Anna and her friends and the "will they? won't they?" back and forth with St Clair. The humor reminded me so much of Maureen Johnson's, which was wonderful because I love truly clever books. If I had the time, I would read this book again immediately. It really was that good. Anna was a great protagonist, the right amount of "insecure girl in a foreign place" mixed with a strong personality. St Clair (aka Etienne) was so sweet and protective, while at the same time being an equally insecure boy. The mixture of Anna's new friends and the troubles with her friends back home showed how Anna actually learned about all types of relationships while at boarding school. She learns about romantic relationships from Etienne and her coupled friends, and learns the different levels of "bad parenting," and really learns what it takes to be a good friend and to hang onto good friends when you find them.
I am in love with this book.

To Buy: Amazon

Currently Reading: Deadly Little Games (a Touch novel) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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