Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Published: 2nd December 2010
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 372
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 Etienne St. Clair: 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?

Quite simply made of awesome. I literally do not know how to review this book, it is too amazing.

Ok, first things first. The cover? It's ok and all but... eek! While we're on this, the title kinda sucks. But let us not allow this to distract from the awesome that is the love story between Anna and St. Clair. I don't normally do contemporary but I cannot resist a good romance and this book was it, plain and simple. Not even the seemingly mundane acts of ordering breakfast (albeit, in French) did not bore me in this book.

The main perk of this book, and partly the reason it was so easy to read, were the characters. Of course, Anna was a neat freak and kind of shy; St. Clair was sweet and short and witty; Mer is lovely, football mad, but lovely; Rashmi and Josh were perfectly developed, even though they weren't the main feature. It is, as avid readers are aware, common to find secondary characters under-developed, which personally annoys me to hell. But not the case here! Stephanie Perkins' greatly written dialogue matched the descriptions, each sentence chosen to mean something, to build up (or down) a character. 

God! Nothing I write is doing this book justice. All I can say now is that I fell in love and I cannot wait for Lola and the Boy Next Door.

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