Title: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books (Penguin)
Acquired Via: Library
Release Date: December 2, 2010
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?
You can read the digital chapter sampler of Anna and the French Kiss here: http://bit.ly/ANNASampler
You guys. YOU GUYS! Why didn't someone hold a gun to make head and force me to read Anna and the French Kiss ages ago? Seriously?! This has to be one of the sweetest, most adorable books that I've ever had the pleasure of putting my eyes to. Also, Stephanie Perkins, why the hell couldn't you have written this when I was in high school?!
(By the way, this probably won't be a very coherent review. You've been warned.)
This book made me FEEL things, you guys. FEEL! I mean, I'm no cold-hearted heifer by any stretch, but I usually put my nose up in the air at these things. My horrible, snobby nose needed punched as bad as that bitch Amanda Spitterton-Watts! Oh, why did I have to avoid "chick lit" like the plague?! Dumb, Kayla, dumb!
I think Stephanie Perkins wrote Anna and the French Kiss for me and my high school experience. I was so awkward, and I had that guy that I danced around with liking for what seemed like ever. Never mind the fact that this was in Louisiana in the '90s and not Paris in the '10s... *shudders* Maybe I shouldn't have put it like that. That makes me seem like even more of a creeper to want to make Anna and Étienne my Barbie dolls so I could smoosh their faces together and make them kiss. How could they not realize that they were perfect for each other?!?!
That's another thing - I usually hate books with the dancing around each other! Usually, if you give me too many near misses, I get pissed off and throw the book. However, Anna and the French Kiss was charming, and I had to stay with it because I loved all the characters, even the ones that I loved to hate. Also, who can resist a book set in Paris? I've never been, but I definitely felt like I was there while I was reading the book. I shit you not when I say I could smell crepes cooking at one point. *dies*
If you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss, I highly recommend that you do so soon. It's such a sweet story that I think would appeal to most people, even guys. Everyone can relate to the awkwardness that Anna and her friends experience, and who doesn't love watching those things happen to someone else instead, fictional or not? Now please excuse me while I tackle whoever is in my way of Lola and the Boy Next Door.
You can read an awesome deleted scene from the book HERE.
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