Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss

By: Stephanie Perkins

Published by: Dutton Juvenile

Publication Date: December 2, 2010

384 pages

I bought this book (because everyone said it was amazing =)

5 stars (It was =)

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 √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?

What a sweet little breath of fresh air this was! No paranormal activity, no curses, no slaying to be done (not that I don't love that stuff.) Just a lovely tale of romance in the most romantic city in the world. Man, I am dying to go to Paris now =) Anna, for me at least, was such a true to life teen. I was one once (yes, I can remember that far back) and I happen to own one (she would KILL me for saying that lol) so I have a pretty good idea what they are like, and this book gets it right. It actually brought back memories of my first crushes and that whole questioning phase...does he like me? Did he mean to brush his hand against mine? WILL HE EVER KISS ME???

The pacing of the book was spot on. Anna and Etienne get to know each other and they are friends so you believe in the emotion. Love that. Vital part of romance that a lot of authors seem to forget in favor of getting to the so-called good parts if you know what I mean. I like the build-up and anticipation. It makes you more invested in the characters and caring whether or not they end up together.

There were some great laugh out loud moments. I am convinced Anna's father was Nicholas Sparks...did you feel that way too lol?? Oh, and there was a great scene where Anna said something that could be SO misinterpreted and was inwardly horrified. We've all done that, no? Said something innocently that ends up sounding so wrong! I must also commend the character for her love of Nutella. The girl has got taste =)

Besides the charming romance and the beautiful setting, Anna was also faced with some opportunities to learn a lot about herself and others, so it was great to see her grow as a person. I think that's another thing that sometimes gets ignored...when a character goes through a life changing event you expect them to learn something from it and be a little wiser than they were when you first met them. Perkins pulls this off beautifully and it made for a very rewarding experience to witness Anna come to the realizations she did.

If you are looking for a sweet romance with a cast of likable characters, look no further, this is the book for you. Prepare to be swept away...ooh la la!!

(Typed on a borrowed computer...the blog must go on!!!)


Danna (Friendly Reader) said...

I've heard such marvelous things about this book and I still can't believe I haven't bought it yet. Thanks for the review!

nicole said...

I bought this book (because everyone said it was amazing =)

5 stars (It was =)

lol: absolutely hilarious! i snorted when i read this...which was unfortunate because i'm at work :)

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

Lovely review, Angelique! I've heard so many good things about this book. I can't wait to read it soon.

Hope you get those computer issues sorted out! :)

Juju at Tales of said...

What a beautiful review! Isn't it nice to getaway from paranormal sometimes? I so need this book.

Lily Child said...

I've heard such good things about this one and your review is just stellar! It's sitting here on my tbr list! I can't wait to read it! :)

p.s. I hope your computer/charger gets fixed soon! :)

Have Mercy! Killer Reviews said...

I've heard this book is amazing. After reading your review I've decided it's a must have. I'll be buying yet another book on my Nook to be read later.

BooksforCompany said...

Thanks for this great review!
l love it when the relationship grows, feel so much more real.
Can't wait to read this book, l love books which are non vampire etc every now and then, like you said .. its a breath of fresh air!

Jenny said...

Yay Angelique I'm so glad you liked this on too! I absolutely agree, it was definitely a breath of fresh air and just a fun and cute read. I can't wait to read the companion book to this one whenever it comes out:)