2.17.2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Format: ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: 12.2.10
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?

Warning: I may not have enough coherent thoughts to write this review (they're still buzzing over the beginning, middle, and end) but I'm writing it anyway. Before I start, allow me to show you two of my tweets that will help you be adequately prepared for the review you are about to receive.

During reading:

We'll just call this the"post-French-Kiss" phase:


Yes, I meant savagely; as in this-book-is-so-amazing-I-can't-breathe, savagely! I need everyone to understand right off, that this book is an instant favorite. If you take one thing from this review, please let it be this: Get this book, and read it! ...preferably within the next hour. You'll thank me later.

I started out with a list of what I loved most about Anna and the French Kiss, but it got way too long. Instead, I'll attempt to round it all up into a few paragraphs.

What I love about Anna and the French Kiss

First and foremost: The reality of it all. While the storyline was not completely original, the writing of it, was fantastic. This is not mere fluff. This is deep thoughts, and mesmerizing conversations. Stephanie Perkins captured the true essence of first love; the uncertainty, the yearning, the feeling of a pattering heart, the sweet shock of a leg brushing up against your's, and the breathless anticipation. It is every innocent feeling one loses as they grow older. I loved every page.

The setting is absolutely gorgeous. What better place to put a story of love, than in Paris? The city OF love! Stephanie Perkins subtly included little bits of information on French history, the language, and the culture, so that by the time I was finished reading, I felt like I had learned a lot. And I did it right alongside Anna, as she survived culture shock, and learned to navigate her way around the city, and become somewhat independant.

Anna and Etienne are great characters, and I actually liked them a lot (I usually don't like the female. Yep. I said it out loud). I felt like they could have been real people. They both had their flaws, which created some interesting situations. They were definitely not portrayed as perfect; each had their own problems and inner turmoil to deal with. The other characters were interesting as well, and I loved the way they interacted with each other. It was very realistic, and actually made me miss my high school crowd!! :(

And because at this point, I'm just dying to go on and include spoilers, and talk on and on about exact parts that made my heart beat fastest, I'm going to end by saying that Anna and the French Kiss is a quick read that will keep your heart beating, your nails bitten to stubs, and will make you long to enroll in a boarding school in Paris and find your own love!

Fever Symptoms:
Increased heart rate, loss of sleep, delirious daydreaming, and many sudden urges to cry in frustration and/or joy.

Read this if:
...you want to loose yourself in the city of love, you remember what it was like to be a teenager, and you want to experience the feelings of your first love all over again.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Because it is set in Paris, where the legal drinking age is 16, there are some references to drinking and clubbing, and a couple scenes where characters are very drunk. There are references to characters having sex, and a scene with a statue and his "parts." Aside from that, there is nothing graphic or explanatory. There is also some swearing, mostly using the "F" word.}

5 comments:

  1. This sounds like a must read. Thanks for the review.
    Ann

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  2. Thanks for visiting, and I really hope you read it! I think it's a definite must read.

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  3. Oh I SO want to read this one...it sounds enchanting! Thanks for the spoiler free (unless you chose to) review....definitely shows the magic it holds without ruining the story for those intent on reading it soon (like moi). Happy reading!

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  4. O it sounds so deliriously delicious! Bravo review!

    This book is something I would have never tried. But all my bloggy homies say it rocks so one day I will read it.

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  5. GMR: You are very welcome! I so wanted to talk about it! But alas, I would hate to spoil the fun for everyone else.

    Juju: Thank you! I agree with you. I never would have tried it, if I hadn't read so many raving reviews of it. I hope you get to read it! :)

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