Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Recommendation - Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss

Blurb 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 √Čtienne 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?"

A breath of fresh air.  That's what this book was for me.  It's light, witty, fun, and romantic.  It makes you squirm in your chair, laugh out loud, and want to jump for joy with every passing page.

I've been reading a lot of O-M-G-THE-WORLD-IS-ENDING type books lately, and this was the perfect respite.  Falling in love, betrayal, making new friends, being thrown into a new culture -- all fascinating events, and all incredibly relatable.

Anna struck a chord with me from the beginning.  She's a little bit shy and reserved -- would rather stay in reading than go out partying with the other kids.  Yep, me.  She's not one to cause confrontation, but when it comes time to defend her friends, she does so without thought.

There were a few moments when I wanted to reach in the story and smack her for beating herself up for no reason.  But then, isn't that what we all do?  I can't fault her when I'm the same darn way.

And St. Claire?  Afreakingmazing.

Overall, this is one of my new favorite books of all time.  I absolutely adored it.

A must read.


Erinn said...

I totally agree. It was prefect, a wonderful mix of serious and fluff and totally satisfying. LOVED IT!

Pam Harris said...

I just knew I wasn't going to like this book because: A. I don't usually like "lighter" reads, and B. it received SO MUCH hype. Last time I read a contemporary YA novel with that much hype, I was highly disappointed. But Anna...WOW!! It was sweet and funny and The author reminds me of a female John Green. :)

Susan said...

It's in my TBR stack... I've got a few books in front of it, but I'm definitely going to get to it soon!!

LTM said...

Oh, you're the second person who's said that! I can't wait to read this book~ :o) Thanks, Holly!

KO said...

nice review-- I think you capture the most important elements of this book. Light, fun, hot guy, and great MC.

Meredith said...

I want to read this one so badly. It's on my list!

Alicia Gregoire said...

Everyone's talking about it. It is on the to read.

Holly Dodson said...

Erinn - I knew you would...I mean, how could you not?

Pam - I have to really be in the mood for a "light" read usually, but this was just phenomenal.

Susan, LTM, Meredith, and Alicia - Get on it, girls! lol

Kat - yep, you summed it up precisely. "Light, fun, hot guy, and great MC."

Krista said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely check it out! It sounds like a good read on a front porch with feet up and ice tea. Note to self: Find sun.

Holly Dodson said...

Krista - Be sure to give yourself enough time to read the whole thing in one sitting. ;) And that sounds divine. *plots to find sun with book and tea*

Logan E. Turner said...

I've not heard one bad thing about this book. Must read, indeed.