Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Book: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephenie Perkins
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 372
Source: KPL
Stars: 5/5
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?
(summary taken from Goodreads
MY THOUGHTS: 

Three words I would use to describe this book: Hilarious. Heartwarming. BRILLIANT.  

I was looking for another 'H' word to summarize it, but brilliant seemed to fit better than anything else because that's exactly what Stephenie Perkins proved she was by writing this book! Everything about it was just so magical. 

I've always wanted to go to Paris, and reading this book fueled my desire even more. Perkins has an amazing talent of writing details so that you're always intrigued and never bored. The storyline was perfectly crafted, and the way she wrote such specific aspects about her characters made them that much easier to connect to. 

Anna was the perfect voice for the novel! Her thoughts were always fun and hilarious to follow; I could always relate to her no matter what she did. And her chemistry with St. Clair stole my breath away every time. They were perfect together. But Perkins didn't just write "they were perfect together" the author showed it through moments that were just as much fun to read as I'm sure they were for Anna to experience.

Beautiful, enchanting, and one-hundred percent entertaining, I have to say that Anna and the French Kiss was honestly my favourite contemporary novel of the year! I recommend it wholeheartedly! Stephenie Perkins is definitely an author I'm going to watch out for. :)

BUY or BORROW?: This is a contemporary shelf must-have! Buy it and love it and gush about it with me! 

And because I loved the alternate covers so much: 


-Mimi

17 comments:

  1. I really liked those alternate covers-there are so many possibilities to capture the story. Really excited for Lola and the Boy Next Door to see what Perkins has up her sleeves next!

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  2. Such a great review of such a great book! This story straight up took my breath away. I can't wait to read Lola :)

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  3. Great review. I'm not usually one for romance novels... I've only ever read a handful. But your review makes me want to read the book. :-)

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  4. I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss. It was one of my favorite contemporary YAs that I read this year too. I loved the part where they're alone at the school during break and have their sleepovers...swoon :)

    I really like the first alternative cover--probably because I am in love with that dress!

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  5. I totally adored Anna and the French Kiss too! I got mine from the library, and now I HAVE to go buy it so I can re-read it!

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  6. Ohhhh... I so want to read this book!!! Hopefully I'll buy it next month :D

    And, although the other covers are nice i still prefer the "principal" one, I think it's gorgeous, hehe

    Great review, thanks!

    Alaiel

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  7. I'm having a real hard time choosing if I should read this or not. I don't want my expectations too high you know? But many have said that it's worth it and the chemistry like you said is something to appreciate...I think just might have to borrow it from the library ;)

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  8. wow!i really have to read this one..but unfortunately my tbr is pile is huge...guess i should check this out first though.thanks for the great review!

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  9. Yea I agree. This book just seemed to have it all. Brilliant characters, good dialogue and great chemistry. One of my favorites :)

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  10. I really have to read this! I want it soo bad! Great review. The alternate covers are soo cute.

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  11. I've heard a lot of people say this book was one of their favorites of the year. It sounds really great! I can't wait to get it. Nice review!

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  12. I think this book will be my favourite Contemporary Romance FOREVER! And it is brilliant! :) <3 <3 <3

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