Today is the release day of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! I am so in love with this book, you cannot even know! It makes me want to spend ridiculous amounts of money to fly to Paris, eat French food, watch French films, and speak French...which is sort of hard when I only know a little bit...mais, j'adore ce livre!
So buy it, read it, buy it for everyone you know for Christmas, s'il vous plait!
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.