Saturday, June 18, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Okay, I downloaded this on my Kindle while Ben and I were at the pool one afternoon and finished it later that night! (Ben...THANK YOU for understanding!) Could not put it down!

Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named - you guess it - Anna. Anna Oliphant, in fact, (poor girl) is from Atlanta and is "forced" to attend a boarding school in Paris her senior year of high school. (Yes, forced. She doesn't know a lick of French.) The story follows her as she struggles NOT to stand out as both the new kid and an American (not that she's not proud, she just wants to blend in), while discovering herself as she tries not to fall in love with the beautiful French-American boy with perfect dark hair and a charming British accent, Etienne St. Clair. *swoons* After all, everyone adores him and he's already got himself a girlfriend. He's just giving her his undivided attention because he's a really nice guy...right?

Perkins paints a vivid picture of Paris - the culture, the sights, the smells, the language - in a way that makes you forget you aren't actually there (and makes you somewhat sad when you realize you're not). What I also love about this story is the writing. Perkins' voice is so strong and engaging - it was one of the reasons I couldn't put the book down, as well as wanting to know what happened between Anna and Etienne St. Clair. *swoons again*

I will not give any more away... :)

For any of you in the mood to be transported to Paris (yes please!) and for a charming love story (don't let my use of "charming" fool you. Anna is spunky, smart, funny, feisty...awesome!), read this! Just make sure you don't have any pending engagements first. :)

Happy reading!

***If you like YA Fantasy, check out my book, GAIA'S SECRET. The sequel is coming soon!


  1. I keep seeing reviews for this book all over the place on the blogosphere. I'm going to have to check it out here soon!

    (P.S. Tag! You're it! Check out my blog to see what I'm talking about, if you're interested. ;))

  2. Sounds lovely! I'll add it to my TBR list... the neverending pile of must dos. lol

  3. I also finished it in a day. Couldn't put it down. I'm glad you enjoyed it! She has a new book coming out in a few months and I'm so excited!
    And a few after I finished the book, I met a french boy called Etienne - although he was a total disappointment compared to the boy in the book.

  4. Totally agree! Total Awesomeness. It's one of those books that I kick myself in the butt for taking so long to get to. But I did and, wow. What a fantastic, beautiful, HILARIOUSLY told story. Definitely one of my faves in the contemp genre!!

  5. Lovely! This'll have to go on my "to read" list! Wasn't this one that Vickie Motter suggested too?

    Also, you should know, I FINALLY finished the Maze Runner! I picked it up on Friday last week and could hardly put it down all weekend... I was really quite unproductive. It was embarassing ( : Guess its time for another good read!!


  6. Hello my sweet friend, congratulations, very good your blog. I am Speaker from Argentina and I invite you to listen to the best romantic ballads in the world with my voice and my blog. From Saturday, June 18, i'll do a tribute to the music of EEUU. I hope that your visit.
    A warm hello to you.
    Beto, from Rosario, Argentina.

  7. Sounds amazing... I'll put it on my list.

    Thx for the review!!

  8. Oh I lOVED this book. After I read it (in a day) I lent it to three other girls and they all adored it as well. And yes - Etienne St Claire = *swoon*

    PS. I tagged you! So did Laura but I think it's ok to be tagged twice ;)

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