March 10, 2011

Book Review of "Anna and the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins

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Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Classification: YA Fiction, YA Contemporary
Source: Bought!

Overall Grade: 
A+  
Would I read it again? 
A million times, YES!  
Would I recommend it to others? 
I already have. Profusely!
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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 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?
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My Thoughts:

This is an amazing book.

I think I was smiling for 90% of the time while reading this book and laughed out loud at least once every page.

I don't read many contemporary fiction books, but this is definitely one of my top three books of 2010.

The characters are thoroughly awesome. The dialogue is great. The humor is amazing. The romance is... palpable... [fans face with magazine]...

Anna is such a great main character. She is relate-able, accessible, funny, and sometimes unsure of herself... but aren't we all?

I loved how Perkins somehow managed to create a whole cast of characters so rich in detail that I can describe all of them thoroughly... even those that only have minor roles. Her writing is so excellent! 

I am seriously resisting the urge to just write: "OH MY GOSH YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO GO BUY ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS RIGHT THIS SECOND AND READ IT TONIGHT SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT--OH MY GOSH I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!"

Because guess what? I do "LOVE LOVE LOVE IT," but I want to keep the shouting and giggling and hyperventilating to a minimum.

This book is funny and romantic and exciting and swoon-worthy. I loved every second of it, and I'm sure I'll love every second of the companion novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is out in September of this year.

PS: I already pre-ordered it.

PPS: Read this book or die!!!

PPPS: I realize that might be a little harsh, but I kinda meant it.
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Overall Grade: 
A+  

Would I read it again? 
A million times, YES!  

Would I recommend it to others? 
I already have. Profusely!

9 comments:

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    -Alyssa

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  3. Fabulous review for a fabulous book! This is a favorite of mine :)

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  4. Thank you Christie! This is definitely one of my favorites too... I'm already itching to read it again! Haha :)

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  5. Hhihiii I love the fact that I'm not the only one who got a little crazy regarding this book. I'm so excited to read Lola (my sister's name hehe) and The Boy Next Door. Gahh why can't September come any faster!!!

    Thanks for stopping by! By the way, your reviews are excellent!

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  6. I know!! I'm so excited for LOLA, it's not even funny. I'm pretty sure that I will be reading whatever Stephanie Perkins decides to write in the future :)

    Thanks for the compliment! I love your blog as well!! :)

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  7. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT'S NOT FUNNY! AAAAH *squee* it's so amazing! Wonderful review, and I so can't wait for LOLA either!

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  8. Thanks Audrey!! Lola's going to blow our minds, I know it!! :)

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  9. Nice review. I look forward to reading this book :)

    Cathy
    Easy French

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