Sunday, October 30, 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French kiss



Anna and the French kiss

by Stephanie Perkins
Release date: 2nd December, 2010
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 372 (Hardcover)
Next book: Lola and the boy next door

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

I bought Anna and the French kiss at least 3 months ago and I have one big BIG question here: Why didn't I read it before?! What was I thinking?! I mean, seriously, with all the good things I heard about this book how could I let 3 - not one but three!- months pass?!

Sigh... sorry xD It's just that this book was so so so funny! And touching, and hilarious, and cute, and sweet and... and... yeah, well, I know most of you know that already.

But you know what? I enjoyed this book a lot because I actually had to pass for something similar when I was younger. Why you ask? Well, when I was 18 I had to move to Brasil and although in the end I fell in love with the whole country and culture at the beginning I was devastated because, lets face it, most of my friends and my big crush were in Almeria (Spain). And in Anna's case she was forced to move to Paris and leave her best friend and possible future boyfriend in Atlanta. Which completely sucked big time.

But come on, we all knew that she was going to love Paris, who couldn't?! And for various reasons in fact, first of all, she writes reviews about movies and Paris is the perfect city to go and watch a movie every night without getting tired! Then it has the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées... do I have to say more?!
Anyway, Anna, being new and not knowing a word of French feels quite lost and abandon in this new city. No friends, no family, no language and new school. But things get way better when she meets Étienne St.Clair, a gorgeous, caring, sweet, funny and handsome boy that is the dream of every young girl. The reasons? Let me quote Anna for this:

"French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused".

Yes, he has the best qualities ever! He is sweet like the French people, his voice is sexy and beautiful and he is also from USA which means he understands her culture.

The only bad thing? He has a girlfriend. But we know the attraction is there, we can feel it even more than Anna can and it's obvious they want to be together and Stephanie does an amazing job building the tension in the right moments. I assure you that when nothing happens between them we are as disappointed as Anna is.

If, by any reason, you haven't read Anna and the French kiss yet go out and buy it now. It has everything a YA romance should have, is going to make you smile, is going to make you laugh so hard that you are going to need a few deep breaths to calm yourself and you will fall in love with Paris, Étienne and the way Stephanie writes.

Stephanie, you are an amazing addition to my favorite authors! You are not only unique but funny and great :D

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