Monday, June 13, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Genre: teen social issues
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 372
Synopsis:

Anna was 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. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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Amazing, wonderful, heart-breaking, adorable, tear-jerking, funny, cute. Stephanie Perkins has wrote a book that will follow me everywhere! She has added the perfect elements to make a realistic and wonderful love story.

First impression of Anna: real and kind of idiotic in her attempt to refuse anything her father offers. A trip to Paris, France? I would have accepted it in a heartbeat! But Anna is determined it's bad news because her father is sending her to the School of America in Paris (SOAP for short). As the story progresses, she becomes less focused on hating everything and instead starts to enjoy France.

I loved how Stephanie describes all of her locations with detail. There's nothing 2D when she describes Paris or Atlanta. She places Anna in real places that she describes with ease. The story is so 3D, I love it!

Overall, there is nothing bad I can say about Anna and the French Kiss. Stephanie sets the story perfectly and the romance on a realistic pace. She doesn't do the whole "they knew they were destined to be together the first time their eyes met" thing. Because truthfully, love is hard. And Stephanie isn't afraid to say that in her writing. If you haven't read this novel, I highly suggest you do. I regret having not read this sooner. It's so real and 3D, it's unbelievable. I can't wait for more from Stephanie!

The Cover: As amazing as the book. Need I say more?

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