Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday Review--Anna and the French Kiss

I read a lot. So much that when I was entering Stephanie Perkin's contest to win an ARC of Gayle Forman's WHERE SHE WENT I did something really dumb. You see, one of the things we were supposed to do for the contest was describe something we loved about IF I STAY (Gayle's first book). So I described something I appreciated about the book and then went on my merry way, dreaming of reading the second book after winning the ARC.

In the middle of a game of bejeweled blitz, out of nowhere, I realized I had described a scene from a completely DIFFERENT BOOK. Granted, there was a similar scene in the book I was describing, but still.....STILL. I felt so stupid. So of course I went back to her blog and explained the real scene, knowing that I had blown my chances of winning (even though it is a completely random drawing).

But if I didn't know it before, this drove home the point that I read so much that I get my books confused. My brain can probably come up with some really good mash ups, mixing up several books to create a ridiculous one. (Hmmmm.....idea......a mash up segment on my blog......I can do that)

Anyway, as thoughts of my lameness swished around in my head, I realized something else. I hadn't yet reviewed Stephanie Perkin's ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS! This is a tragedy. It was truly one of my favorite reads of 2010.

This book is amazing!! It is cute, fun, romantic, beautiful (and every other happy adjective you can think of). Aside from that, it is deep and thought provoking. And clever. Several times I laughed out loud, not just because something funny was said, but because that something funny was also something very unexpected. I just wrote and then erased one of those very passages. I erased it because I want it to be unexpected for you too. And how did I say all that without mentioning the boy?? Oh, the BOY! He's so adorable. Just an all around great read. (I know some of you like to hear my rating. I would say this is for older teens due to some language, drinking, and sexual references.)

Here is a blurb of the book from Stephanie's blog: "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 √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt."

Tell me that doesn't sound so great. It is. You should read it. You should also enter her contest.


  1. I do the same thing! I mix up a lot of different books or even movies! Aw!

    I also loved Anna and the French Kiss. One of my favorites this year, even thought I will always associate it with Jury Duty (it was the book I was reading to keep me entertained during that day).

    I can't wait for WHERE SHE WENT. Maybe you'll still win! It is random!

  2. My brain turns to mush after I read a lot too. I'm the same way. I can't remember what scenes are from which books! :)
    I can't wait to read Anna and the French Kiss. It sounds so cute!

  3. This was another book I was going to get on my book buying binge last week, but it was out of stock.

  4. I very unwisely read this book during LTUE last week. I was helping with the conference, so I had to be awake and on my game--so, naturally, I stayed up until after midnight two nights in a row to read Anna instead.

    Tired but happy.

    Came here from Jenn Johansson's blog. Jenn's awesome, no?

    Congrats on your agent!

  5. I love Perkins blog, so I wouldn't be surprised if I love her novel, too.

  6. What a terrific book. Can't wait for her next book to come out.

  7. I recently finished reading it! And I LOVED it too! I think it's a MUST read for YA writers like us, right?

    And St. Clair? *swoon*

  8. I know I say this every time you tell me how fabulous this book is, but I SO need this book! This situation must be remedied immediately!

    *goes to bookstore*

  9. ANNA is such a great book! I liked the clever in it as well.

  10. I've heard so many good things about this book -- I really have to make the time to read it!

  11. This book made me smile so much and it’s definitely on my list of books I’d re-read. I most definitely would recommend it if you are looking for a semi- light romance YA read.

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