Friday, 17 December 2010

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Format: Hardcover
Released: December 2nd, 2010
Grade rating: A

Amazon summary:

Anna was 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. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all... including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?


Helloooo amazing realistic contemporary YA book, where have you been all my life?! Ahh yes, of course, in Stephanie Perkins' imagination! In all seriousness, this book is ACE. Actually, it's like ace squared with some awesome thrown in. I want to hug it and reread it, and profess my undying love for the lovely, the beautiful, the brilliant: Etienne St. Clair. Talk about a hot character and he immediately springs to mind. He is *it*.

But that's not where my love ends, oh no. I love Anna. I love her quirky group of friends. I love the Parisian setting, and I love the cool boarding school life. Basically, I just want to live in this book. Everyone is realistic, everyone acts their age of 17/18 (Older YA characters! YES!), and everyone makes stupid mistakes that requires work to put right. Like I said, awesome.

I have one complaint when it comes to Anna and the French Kiss, and it's merely that it wasn't twice as long. I was so reluctant to put the book down, and as I neared the end I consciously noticed my reading speed slowing down so I could savour every sentence and scene with Etienne, who is of course the light of my life (*cue romantic music*).

If you like contemporary YA, or any YA at all, buy Stephanie Perkins' debut novel. This is one book buy you will not regret, and if you do, I will gladly take the blame for your ill-spent $16.99. I realise this review is of no help to anyone looking for a well-rounded, intelligent, balanced study of Anna and the French Kiss, but I don't care. There was only one way I could write this, and that was from the position of planning my life-long union with Etienne St. Clair. Apologies to all, and I hope you'll forgive me. ;)


Queen N said...

Hands off, he's mine :P

Jesse Owen said...

Wow, how can I not add this to my wishlist after a review like this? Great review :D

Lori said...

*sigh* Entienne.....I read this last week and LOVED it!! I'm with you on living in this book! I want more!!! And SOON!

Great review!

elfarmy17 said...

Haven't read it yet, but you might want to include this; "It's like me and Maureen Johnson and Sarah Dessen had a really sexy baby." - John Green on Anna and the French Kiss

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Elfarmy - that's a bit scary! ;)

Thanks for the great review! I think I might like this... :)

Queen N said...

:) Anyway, Great Review! I also loved the book, very much so! (and I also wrote a very personal review about it here
I don't think it's possible to write any other kind of review about it :D

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm so reading this!

Caroline said...

I was wondering about this book... I am afraid the French aspect might be unrealistic to me and ruin the story... Will give it a try anyway, it seems like a really good read!
I also love the older YA characters!

Steph Su said...

It's funny, because I was lukewarm towards this book on my first read-through, and then... I couldn't stop thinking about it... couldn't get the idea of rereading it out of my head. So I bought it when it came out and this time TORE through it with a love I usually only reserve for, like, the Jessica Darling series. Now I, too, wish that this book was twice as long!

Liz. R said...

I've been wanting to read this for ages. Everyone seems to have given it a positive review - and you obviously seemed to enjoy it ;). I think I might have to go over my presents budget and buy it for myself. It sounds great! And I'm glad you said the characters act their age - that's something that always worries me about this kind of book. But now I'm reassured, so thank you!

YA Vampire Books said...

Haha everyone seem to LOVE this book! I'm so happy that Santa (probably) will bring me this one for christmas! ;)

Lauren said...

I haven't read a *single* negative review of this one, and whilst I've always been interested in reading it all of a sudden I have no idea why I didn't preorder it. What struck me about your review was your comment about wanting it to be twice as long. I just looked it up at an online bookstore to see how many pages we were talking, and it's not exactly short... so if you want it to be double the length it must be *awesome*.

Lovely review. When it's total book love I think you have to throw the whole 'balanced study' idea out the window. :D

asamum said...

I can honestly say that this is the most fangirl review I have ever seen you write - I LOVE it. I am off to get this book with such a fantastic recommendation I have to get it :D

Lynsey Newton said...

LOL this is the funniest review I've ever seen from you Jenny. LOVE IT and I love the book :)