Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Buy the Book: Amazon
This book. Wow. What can I say? Seriously one of my favorite books. This story is quite beautiful and Stephanie is simply a genius.
Anna has a life made up in Georgia; a school, nice friends, a hot guy, a job. But when her father, a best-selling novelist, decides to send her to SOAP (School of America in Paris) for senior year Anna can hardly believe it. She's forced to leave all she loves and knows behind, including her crush Toph and her best friend Bridgette.
Off in Paris, Anna is sulking. She doesn't want to be there with strangers and so far away from home. Soon she meets Étennie St. Clair, funny and charming Étennie.
Anna just can't stop thinking about him but she has a small problem: St. Clair has a girlfriend.
In this beautiful novel Anna is faced with conflicting feelings when St. Clair seems to have an interest in her but he just won't break up with his girlfriend. On the other hand, she's still thinking about Toph on the other side of the world and can't wait to see him.
This story was beautifully written in such a way that it truly moved me. The characters are realistic and what I love the most about St. Clair is that he has flaws! FLAWS! It may sound weird but it's the most beautiful thing about him and this novel. The reality of it. The story doesn't give you this drop-dead-gorgeous, oh so perfect, flawless guy. Of course, St. Clair has his charms and good things like the sexy English accent and the awesome hair but he also has flaws. And I think that, above all, the flaws and the fact that he was dealing with them were the things that really won me over. Really made me adore and appreciate this book all the more.
In this heart-jarring romance Stephanie combines love and realism in a lovely way; Anna is not only looking for love but she is learning to accept herself the way she is.