Thursday, May 12, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

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? (Goodreads)

Love love LOVED it. I read this in less than 24 hours... I just didn't want to stop reading, and I was sad when it ended. Every character is well written - flawed and realistic. I felt like I knew them, that Anna's friends were my friends. Ugh, and St. Clair is completely swoon-worthy and now possibly my favorite male fictional character. What made this love story so sweet, is that it wasn't an instant romance. It was the gradual, real, relationship building good stuff.

I have to say that I also loved that this book took place in Paris! I actually studied abroad right outside of Paris when I was in college and it was hands down one of the BEST experiences of my life. I could relate to Anna about how she learned her way around the city (except I didn't hesitate to get out and do things). Reading about the city and her experiences was like the cherry on top of the best sundae ever (I know, complete and utter CHEESE... but this book does that to me)!

This made it onto my favorites book shelf. I know this is a book I'll be picking up again and again. Seriously, one of the best YA books I've read. I can not wait to read more from Stephanie Perkins.


Al said...

Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! :) it was pretty amazing! :) Thanks for the follow! Hope to hear from you more! And good luck on this lovely blog! <3

newshadeofgreen said...

Thanks Al! I'm having fun with this so far :).

Alison Can Read said...

I loved this book too...doesn't everyone? I agree that the characters were fabulously written. I love how developed they all were.

Angel Snyder said...

I want to read this so badly! :( I only ever hear great things about it! Doesn't Stephanie have a new book coming out, too? Something like Lola Next Door, or something along those lines? I wanna read Anna before that happens, though! :)
Great review, and thanks for following/leaving a comment on my blog! It really means a lot! And I'm actually 22% behind on my challenge! :( I started really late in March, so I'm super behind! I gotta start reading like crazy, haha! :) Thanks again, and great review! :)

newshadeofgreen said...

@Angel - Yes! Her next book coming out is Lola and Boy Next Door, and it'a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss. I can not wait! Don't worry too much about being behind, I'm sure you'll be able to catch up over the summer!

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