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

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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 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.


Brahmin in Boston said...

I got the book! I got the book! I got the book!!!

I am so excited to read it specially after seeing so many nice and glowing reviews about it...


Erica said...

I got the book. I love the book. Sequel S'il vous plait?