Thursday, April 7, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

At first, 17 year old Anna Oliphant, is not too happy about her father/famous author, James Ashley, sending her to a boarding school in Paris to spend her senior year.  She would much rather be at home with her best friend Bridgette and her crush Toph.  However, Anna finds friendship in a gorgeous guy; √Čtienne St. Clair.  Everything would have been perfect, if he was single.  Throughout the book, Anna experiences betrayal, happiness, surprise, complex relationships, and most importantly- love. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins, will bring readers to snuggle up in their beds and enjoy each and every vivid description of Parisian attractions, foods, movies, romances, culture, and memorable characters.

I have to admit that when I first started reading this book, I had hoped for it to be a short read.  Fortunately, my wish did not come true.  I soon found myself reading excruciatingly slowly, absorbing every word on each page, not wanting the book to end!  I connected to each of the characters, especially Anna, and their witty personalities and great senses of humor.  This lively, beautifully-written, book and it's wonderfully clever characters made me smile right from the moment I picked it up to the minute I set it down and sigh with disappointment.  Home may not always be a place, but a person.

Stephanie Perkins, I'm rooting for a sequel!