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Friday, June 10, 2011

Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  • Pub. Date: December 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 384pp 
Where I got my copy? B&N

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?

Anna & The French Kiss is a very refreshing read, Anna a senior high school student sent to School of America in Paris (SOAP) by her best selling author father, against her will. Not only it is so foreign, she hates that she is there for school. It kind of takes away the excitement of the city itself. She loathes the fact that she is away from her best friend Bridgette, her mom, her 7 year old brother Sean and her pseudo-boyfriend Toph.

I understood Anna's dilemma, it happened to me 7 years ago. Moving to a totally different country, leaving everything I left behind, it was hard and scary, but only if you let it. I connected immediately with Anna. We are both film freaks, and I like how she is so cute even when she was clueless about Paris. You see the genuine person within when she met Meredith, Rashmi, Josh and the British-American attainable hallway boy named Etienne St. Clair. I fell in love with this book, its wonderful characters and where it was set. It was not cheesy nor boring. The circumstances surrounding especially, Anna & St. Clair relationship is truly what keeps this book alive. But I love everything about it, the father issues, traitor best friends, their exploration of Paris, etc. It worked so well with the story. Every end of the chapter drags you to continue to the next one. It is one of those books that is so hard to pry out of your hands because you just cannot sleep until you find out what is going to happen next. It is a chick lit disguised in a young adult novel. This was highly recommended by many of my book blogger friends, it did not disappoint.

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

Great review! I just got this one in the mail from Amazon. It sounds really good, I'll have to read it soon.

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