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The Compulsive Reader: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna Oliphant is quite unhappy when her father decides to send her to an American boarding school in Paris. Despite the allure of the famed city, she'd much rather stick around home and spend her senior year with her friends. Anna doesn't have a choice in the matter though, so off to Paris she goes, where the students, language, and city are way more intimidating than she imagined. But, she finds friends that are willing to take her under their wings, and she meets St. Clair--an American guy with a French name and gorgeous English accent, and she falls hard. But, he's taken...and things get complicated. And suddenly, Paris doesn't seem so dull after all.

Anna and the French Kiss is a positively charming, lovely, and romantic novel! Anna's voice, her Parisian boarding school, and her trepidation at exploring a foreign city are all so convincing; it's simply impossible not to fall in love with her and her story. Perkins gives such detailed and precise descriptions of Paris, it's easy to picture yourself there with Anna and her friends walking down a narrow street, or ducking into a small movie theater. At its heart, it is a love story, but Perkins includes so much more than the heart-melting kissing scenes and romantic tension that the flirty cover would suggest. She shows that love is messy and complicated through both St. Clair's and Anna's parents' failed marriages, and in their own struggles to be honest with each other. It’s a book about love and lust, and knowing when it’s right to let someone go, and when it’s worth it to keep fighting. And, it’s a book about learning how to deal, and how hard it can be when people you love change. Perkins doesn't over-do a single bit--Anna and the French Kiss is everything you could want in a romance novel, and it will stick with you for a long time--you won't regret picking it up.

Cover Comments: Oh, I love the light colors and flirty atmosphere of this cover! It's so charming!

Look for Anna in stores December 2nd, 2010!

ARC received from publisher.

6 comments:

Simply_Megan said...

Everyone has been talking about this book I can't wait to read it!

Erika said...

I wasn't so sure I wanted to read this, until I read your review. You summed it up in a way that tells readers everything they need to know, in an appealing manner. Adding it to my TBR now! :)

Beth S. said...

I am dying to read this book. I follow Stephanie Perkins' blog and also on Facebook and she is such a sweetheart. I have heard such wonderful things about this book.

Melissa Walker said...

SO into this one. Just started it!

Michelle said...

I haven't read too much in the contemporary genre this year but what I have read I've enjoyed. This one is on the top of that list for sure.

Ralph said...

I am not a novel kind of modern-day girl. I think they are boring and cheese. I hate the way they tend to rotate in a misunderstanding between the boy and the girl is generally associated with a girl or a boy.
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