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Friday, February 25, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins


Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
Published: December 2, 2010
Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: 9780525423270
Genre: Contemporary YA
Pages: 372
Source: Bought
Series: Not part of a series, but there are two companion novels slated to be released this year and next year.
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?
My thoughts before reading Anna and the French Kiss were centered around the cover, title, and the hype. The cover looks fun, the title sounds flirty, and the hype had me weary.

When I began reading, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. Anna was whiney, and annoyed me a bit. I can understand her being upset, because despite the fact that she was going to Paris (PARIS!), she was being shipped off to another country during her final year in high school, when everything in her life seems to be going well. I'd be homesick before I ever left my city, let alone the country. Still, the way she handled it and her thought process just made me want to tell her to shut the hell up. 

I got over that quickly. Most likely the moment St. Clair entered the picture. Um, hottie with an English accent? Yes please! (Yeah, I totally fit into that 'American girls love English accents' stereotype) But it was more than that. It was every character. They all had depth, and I was surprised at this. I don't know what I went in expecting, but it wasn't what I got. Fascinating, memorable characters? Check. Engaging setting? Check.  Chemistry?? Double check. Like, dripping off the pages, chemistry. Realistic dialogue? Check. GREAT love story? CHECK.

My one complaint (well, two) is the cover and the title. I liked them at first. Both make it look like a fun read. But I felt like the novel was more than a fun read. The girl on the cover isn't at all what I imagined, and she can't possibly be eighteen. As for the title, I think it makes the story seem cheap and shallow. Anna and the French Kiss is definitely not cheap or shallow. It was fantastic!!

A+

3 comments:

  1. I loved Anna and the French Kiss. It's one of my favorite books!

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  2. hi! cant wait to read this book! its next on my list! just hoppin by! new follower!! love the blog! found it on the YA book blog directory! =] follow me too?!

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  3. Anna is such a great narrator for the book. She awkward and a bit weird. She spend her time reviewing movies on her website, and she has big dreams of career in film, and even though we never really "hear" Etienne, you can't help but imagion the swoon worthy accent he has going on. Perkins creates a cast of great characters in this cute romance. It was a quick read, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Believe all the raving reviews, it was really that good!

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