Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed (onceuponawanderer.blogspot.com)
Format: Hardcover (signed!)
Mon oh gawd. (That's French for, oh my gawd, but Google Translate is never one to trust.) Where has this romance book been all my life? It's the bestest blend of breakfast crepes, romance, the eiffel tower, romance, vintage theaters, romance, and did I mention, PARIS! Yep, if you didn't get this from the title, Anna just HAS to move to Paris to go to a boarding school where she meets the handsome-est person in the world: Etienne St. Clair, who was born in America, raised in London, and has a French name. But here's the catch-he already has a girlfriend. And thus begins a journey of humor, hair-raising heights, the occasional sleepover, and the best part is the eccentric romantic duo that Anna and Etienne create in Anna and the French Kiss.
Stephanie Perkins is so good at breaking the stereotypical 'muscular, tall, six-pack dude'; St. Clair is a guy that Anna describes as short, sometimes pasty, and always funny. Scratch that. Not always. Nope, in this book, there's actually some bickering scenes, and they make you boo at Anna and St. Clair with an intensity that you've probably been holding up from all those other 'eternal love we'll never fight paranormal fantasies."
And she knows so much about Paris! Before, I was like, Italy for vacation of course after I graduate, but now I'm like: if I meet a guy named Etienne St. Claire on the way, I might just stay in France. Hee hee!
And Anna-I LOVE Anna. The author has created such an amazing voice for her that I wanted to laugh at every page turn. Usually when I'm immersed in a book, I truly am deep under-I never laugh out loud, I never cry, and I don't stand up for hours straight. But here, I was chuckling, like, at every word.
I can't believe I was so late to the Anna and the French Kiss faze. But I promise you, it hasn't died out yet, and it probably won't for years to come.
(P.S Have you noticed how many series there are these days? I am so glad to have a book like Anna and the French Kiss where you can just kick back and not worry about getting the next or the next or the next book in the series. But I am excited to read Lola and the Boy Next Door. Are you?)