Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday Reads: Anna and the French Kiss

Why did it take me so long to get to this book?! I absolutely loved it. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

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 Light, 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 hearts melt.

First Line: "Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amalie and Moulin Rouge." She goes on to list more things she knows about France, which is pretty hilarious actually (and is actually more than I knew about France). But what I love is that her rant is headed by three movies. Anna loves movies. She wants to be a movie critique when she grows up (unique choice of profession) and you can see this in her voice. But her voice doesn't only consist of movies references. There is a lot to Anna and you fall in love with her as easily as every other character.

Beefs: Not an actual complaint but I felt compelled to mention it. Etienne St. Clair isn't your usual "OMG he is soooo hot" type of boy. He's imperfect, he has abandonment issues, and he's short. I usually prefer my hot male characters to be tall (tall, dark, and handsome; cliche, I know). But I love St. Clair despite his lack of height.

Chocolate Eclair Points: Perkins reveals France to us slowly, in bite-sized increments (and tasty mouthfuls of food I can't eat) that's easy to swallow. More points go to the friends, the family, and school. All unique and wonderfully well done.

Recommendation: You mean you haven't read it yet?! Shame on you! I'm super excited for her next book, Lola and the Boy Next Door to come out in fall 2011.

Would I represent it? In a heartbeat.

Happy reading!


Rebecca Christiansen said...

Eeeeeeek XD this was my favourite book I've read this year. I cannot wait for Lola!! *fangirling out*

Kristine Asselin said...

Yay for ANNA! I also loved this book--and have been gushing everywhere about it. I knew you'd love it!

Laura S. said...

I've heard all good things about this book! It's been on my TBR list for a while. Maybe I should move it higher on the list!

Alicia Gregoire said...

Everyone has raved about this book. I still haven't read it, but it's on my summer "to read" list.

Emily said...

Absolutely loved this book! One of my favorites that I've read in a long time. I, too, can't wait for her next book to come out later this year.

Melanie said...

I also just finished reading this book a couple of weeks ago and now i understand what all the hype is about. beautifully written, characters with so much depth, a plot that never loses focus, and a gazillion LOL moments. Really, I srsly LAUGHED OUT LOUD several times. Oh, and I may have even cried a little. LOVE THIS BOOK!

Anonymous said...

Oh, ANNA! I absolutely adore this book, and for all the same reasons you did! Can't wait to read LOLA!

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading! Talk about warm and fuzzy ending! Thanks for the recommendation, Vickie.

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