Friday, August 5, 2011

Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I recently won a signed copy of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and I have to say I was ridiculously excited about it! I have heard great things about this book and I've wanted to read it forever.  Here is the 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 Etienne St. Clair: 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?

Wow.  This book totally lived up to all of my lofty expectations.  Etienne St. Clair is amazing.  He funny, he's adorable and he can be totally clueless.  Love it!  I loved how vulnerable St. Clair is even though he, seemingly, has it all.  He's just so sweet!  I also loved how he thought he was being really obvious to Anna and she was unsure if he really liked her or not.  It just goes to show how easily you can get mixed signals between men and women.  I also enjoyed how Anna and St. Clair became best friends before they took the next step.  That's really cool and honestly, more realistic than the instant love you sometimes get.  This book is so many things.  It's about going out of your comfort zone and then finding that the thing you feared doing has actually brought you to something even better than what you had.  It's about love and romance.  It's about how men and women cross signals.  It's about being a teenager on the verge of something bigger.  It's about friendship.  The imagery in this book is phenomenal.  I have never been to France but the way Stephanie paints pictures with her words, you could see it all so clearly.  Really wonderful.  And the ending was maybe the most beautiful part of a totally beautiful book.  Overall this book is epic and everyone should read it.  I loved every second.  I would suggest this one for readers 14 and up due to some drinking (because they are in France it is legal).  There is (obviously) some kissing but nothing graphic.  

You can find out more about Stephanie Perkins on her website and you can follow her on Twitter!  Her new book, Lola and the Boy Next Door is due out September 29th and is said to be spectacular!  You can add Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door to your Goodreads list by clicking the titles.  

Anna and the French Kiss gets 5 Fairies for a wonderfully romantic story with great characters.

1 comment:

Sophia said...

This book sounds phenomenal. I want to read it soooo badly!! Glad you liked it. :)