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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Pages:  384
Genre:  YA/Teen
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 Étienne 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? [via GoodReads]
Anna and the French Kiss...  What a great title, don't you think?  I absolutely fell in love with this story - about American Anna being sent off to boarding school in none other than Paris.  With no friends or family in Paris - Anna finds herself alone and crying over her circumstance.  Luckily the girl next door hears her wailing and takes pity on poor Anna and invites her over for some hot chocolate (because really, hot chocolate is soothing to the soul).  Through her new friend she meets other kids that also attend the school, but she especially meets Etienne St. Claire.   Etienne - the perfect boy, he's cute, funny, smart, he's into history, has a British accent (which I find quite sexy), and he is a great friend to Anna.  

I loved the relationship between Anna and Etienne.  Ms. Perkins realistically captures this couple's relationship perfectly.  Although I do believe in love at first sight, that is usually not the case.  Relationships take time - sometimes they start through friendship and slowly evolve into more.  That is the case with Anna and St. Claire Etienne.  Two individuals who are not perfect, yet they are perfectly flawed.  I loved everything about them. 

Aside from the romance (le sigh), the descriptions of Paris are so stunningly visual.  I loved reading about the local hangouts, the museums, the restaurants, the theatre... but especially, the food.  I think I may just need a trip to Paris to verify facts (wink wink).

In conclusion, I can honestly say that Anna and the French Kiss lives up to the hype.  It really is awesome.  It is a sweet romance that will have you feeling so warm and fuzzy inside I guarantee you'll feel all yummy for a while just thinking about it.  One of the best books I've read this year.  I cannot recommend it enough.

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12 comments:

Savannah said...

I have heard so many good reviews abou this book. It makes me evern more excited to read it. Great review!!

Danny said...

Everyone seems to be in love with this book and now after reading your Review I know I need to read this book!! Before I was moving to my husbands town Munich I was living in a part of Germany that is close to France. We often spend weekends in Paris, which is why Paris always reminds me of my younger years hehe!
Can't wait to read that book!

Melissa said...

Every review I see for this book just raves about how awesome it is! Maybe I should give it a go after all. Excellent review :)

Katie said...

Great Review! I just started reading it and it's already sooo good!

Liz. R said...

This books sounds amazing! I've seen so many positive reviews and now I'm determined to read it. Thanks for the review :).

Cynthia said...

Totally agree with you, I LOVED this book!!! One of my favorites of the year, I'm so glad you liked it too. Great review!

caitieflum said...

I just finished this book on Christmas and I loved it. It felt like a realistic romance and totally lived up to the hype!

Sabrina @ about happy books said...

Love your review.

I already heard so many good things about this book and I plan to get it soon.

AtenRa @ Just Another Book Blog said...

Absolutely agree.Amazing,fantastic,awesome book!

Missie said...

There is a lot of hype around this book, so I'm afraid to be disappointed, but now that it has your stamp of approval, I'm even more excited to read this one.

Michelle said...

One of the best reads of the year! Such a great contemporary story.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

O I think I need this one :)

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