Friday, 24 January 2014

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 1st January 2014
Pages: 401
Genres: Young Adult/Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


Here is everything I know about France: Amélie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe...And, I'm moving to Paris for a year. To boarding school. Alone.

Anna had everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Étienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he's taken - and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she's been waiting for?

Holy actual fudge. Sorry, but I'm trying not to descend into full fangirl mode. This book has been flying around the blogosphere as long as I have; I remember book bloggers going crazy over this just as I started my blog, but I never got to read it. Now, four years later, it has been re-published and I have finally read it. Wow, it was definitely worth the wait!

Anna was enjoying her normal life in the US, but suddenly her father decided to send her off to a boarding school in France, and her life was turned upside down. It was tough, but luckily a group of friends came to her rescue. Maybe she wouldn't find France to be so bad after all...

Firstly, Usborne sent me this book... WITH HOT CHOCOLATE. They sent me hot chocolate! And, I'm ashamed to say, it was the first hot chocolate I'd ever had! So, I settled down on the sofa on Christmas Eve with a mug of hot chocolate next to me, and I turned the first page of Anna and the French Kiss. Oh, what a roller coaster it was. For a few weeks I had been trying to decide which book was my favourite of 2013. I thought about City of Bones, I pondered over Ketchup Clouds...but even though I'd only just read it, I finally decided that the best book I read in 2013 was Anna and the French Kiss. 

Never has a book lingered on my mind for as long as this one has. Perhaps this book should have been a cliché - a girl and a boy in the city of love - but Perkins' beautiful descriptions, complex characters and action-packed plot twists kept it from being so. The characters - Anna and St Clair, especially - were just so human. Each person had his or her own voice, and as a book with so many characters in it, I appreciate that it must have been difficult to pull that off. I adored Anna's awkward yet realistic way of being, and St Clair's endearing tone, and  even Amanda's...erm...imaginative insults...but the reason I love this book so much is still a mystery to me. I suppose something deep within me just connected with the book.

I hardly ever enjoy reading about love triangles. However, this one was expertly done, and I was rooting for Anna and St Clair from start to finish! Throw in Anna's new friend Mer who also has a crush on St Clair, and Ellie, St Clair's actual girlfriend, and you've got yourself an interesting love...square?...which will definitely keep you on your toes!

The different friendships Anna experiences in this book are so sweet and really fascinating to read about, as they're all so different from each other. There was, of course, Anna's friends back in Atlanta, and also her new group of friends in Paris. It was fun to watch Anna become more comfortable in France, and it was all thanks to St Clair, Mer, Rashmi and Josh.

After four years of waiting, was this book what I expected? Yes, definitely. I stayed on the sofa all day to read it, and afterwards I found it difficult to speak and type in English, seeing as I had been fully immersed in Parisian life for the last eight hours. It re-fuelled my love of France and now I'm even more desperate to go there! Anna and the French Kiss is an international bestseller, and that doesn't surprise me at all. Every page, every sentence was full of wild adventure and the magic of possibility. Stephanie Perkins is definitely one to watch.

17 comments:

  1. THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. SORRY BUT THIS BOOKS IS LIKE MY LOVE! Ajejskeuskskosowksmdn Ok I only read this in November but it became my favourite book (in tie with TFIOS ofcourse). So glad you liked it, it's almost impossible not too. ST CLAIR <3 oh and Lola is just as good! Great Review.

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    1. I don't know anyone who has hated it! Seriously, every review has been positive! Thanks Sunny :D

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  2. I really want to read this! It's not the sort of thing I usually go for, but everyone I know who's read it has loved it, plus it's set in Paris! I'll definitely be having a look for it next time I'm in a bookshop, and thanks for the lovely review!

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    1. You should definitely give it a go! Let me know what you think. :)

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  3. I'd never have picked this up, I don't think, but you've now got me tempted!

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  4. Ack! Why did you have to write such a persuasive review?! Now I want to drop everything and buy this book. It sounds so freaking good! Everybody seems to love it... WHAT IS ALL THIS FUSS ABOUT?! Must find out.

    I LOVE books where friendships are one of the main focuses - they can make a book really heart warming and sweet. AND A BOADING SCHOOL! Wh-what?! If I had known a boarding school was involved I would have bought this book YEARS ago - I'm OBSESSED with boarding school stories!

    Thank you for this amazing review - I am officially on the hunt for my own copy of this now! XD

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    1. DROP EVERYTHING AND BUY THIS BOOK. It will put you in such a good mood, seriously! Let me know what you think when you get it xD

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  5. I'm so glad you loved it!!! I ordered it from the Book Depository and I'm waiting for it. I'm hoping it comes this week. *fingers crossed*

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  6. WELL HOLY ACTUAL FUDGE I WANT THIS BOOK AND LOL I'VE NEVER HAD HOT CHOCOLATE AND DUDE SUPREME FANGIRL MODE IS AWESOME WHY ARE YOU TRYING NOT TO EMBRACE YOUR INNER AWESOMENESS? ;P
    i havebn't got this book. BUT I MAY BE GETTING IT IDK I'M WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO E-MAIL ME. *squeeeeeeeee
    i love books that put me in a good mood bc *cough* y'know..
    and can we just get a HURRAY. a love triangle that worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    anyway. chapter 15 of fangirl is calling. *fangirls off*
    P.S GREAT REVIEW BY THE WAY.

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    1. BECAUSE IF I WROTE A REVIEW IN FULL-FANGIRL MODE THE PUBLISHER WOULD NEVER SEND ME BOOKS AGAIN. PROBABLY. I AM NOT RISKING IT. I'd give you my copy, but I love it too much. I AM ON CHAPTER FIFTEEN OF FANGIRL TOO, IT IS AMAZING.
      k thnx bai

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  7. i think i'm going to have to buy myself this book, i've seen nothing but great reviews for it :)
    onegirlonebook

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  8. For some odd reason, I don't think this would be my kind of book. ;P BUT ONG YOU'VE NEVER HAD HOT CHOCOLATE. Meh, I dot really like it anymore, I've moved onto that coffee-addicted stage in life.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed this so much and great review!

    I don't really know what else to say...

    But I'm gonna use Hawwa's trick and skip lines so it looks like my comment is bigger. :P

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    1. Really, this definitely sounds like your kinda book xD AND I HAVE NOW HAD FIVE HOT CHOCOLATES. Verdict: Cadbury's hot chocolate tastes like....yuckiness. Ew coffee :P

      Hawwa's trick doesn't work, it just emphasises how small the comment really is xD But thank you! :)

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  9. I didn't want to read this book at first either, because it sounded like this big cliche! But I'm so glad I did because it was just amazing and it made me feel giddy all over! Oh I love how they sent you hot chocolate, makes the reading experience even better! :)

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

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  10. Sooooooooooooooooooo I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE. Thats all. kthnxbye

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  11. I'm not sure what to think of the new covers! But the fact that I have Anna and Lola in the old covers and has to buy the new one with a different cover - not like!

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  12. I've been wondering whether to get this book or not and seeing your review has pushed me into getting it - I can't wait to read it!

    Ps. Can I just say that I love your blog and your reviews! :)

    apapertown @ blogspot

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