Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Publication Date: January 1st 2014
Book: For Review*
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
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Summary: Anna has 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.Anna and the French Kiss. Oh, my, dear, darling, I LOVE YOU. It was the kind of book that made me 'squee', pull weird faces at myself in the mirror, hyperventilate and 'jump up and down' (if that's possible when you're sitting in bed - i sort of jerked around awkwardly like i was having an electric shock) and internally keyboard bash and yell (in caps lock) in my mind. I could go on and on about how light and fluffy and happy this book made me feel but i'm not going to - you have to experience it yourself, because if you've not read it yet - WHY NOT.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for? "Magical…really captures the feeling of being in love.” – CASSANDRA CLARE
“Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book.” - MAUREEN JOHNSON
IF I WROTE A LETTER TO THE AUTHOR IT WOULD GO SOMETHING LIKE THIS
Dear Stephanie Perkins,For the love of books and candy and sugar-giraffes, I adore your books. The writing, the vivid imagery and realistic, fangirl inducing dialogue. The characters. Because seriously, don't get me started on St. Clair. (Yes I know I shouldn't start sentences with 'because' but I'm on a book-high - please let me off.) Yes, a book high. You're books are honestly like drugs. You read one and then you're addicted. You crave more. You need more. I NEED MORE.This book should have been a cliché. It sounds cliché, and to a point it looks cliché. However it was anything but. The characters were so human and genuine. Anna with her unique, awkward voice, St Clair, Etienne, with his witty charms and easy assurance, Rashmi, Mer, and Josh with his constant sketching and hand-cramps - they all felt like friends to me by the end of the book and that's why I liked it so much. It was a world I liked to be 'in', with people I would genuinely like to meet one day if they ever decide to jump out from within the pages of friends and film dates.So, Paris was fun, where are you taking me next?*flailing*The Girl Who Is Currently Dancing On A Table Top.
P.S No, I have no idea what a sugar-giraffe is, but it's something awesome, that I'm sure of.
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"So what do I wish for? Something I'm not sure I want? Someone I'm not sure I need? Or someone I know I can't have?" -Anna & the French Kiss
"Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?" -Anna & the French Kiss
"I wish friends held hands more often, like the children I see on the streets sometimes. I'm not sure why we have to grow up and get embarrassed about it." -Anna & the French Kiss
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” -Anna & the French Kiss
“Most people in Atlanta don't have an accent. It's pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though," I add jokingly.
"Fo' shiz," he replies in his polite English accent.
I spurt orangey-red soup across the table. -Anna & the French Kiss
“How many times can our emotions be tied to someone else's - be pulled and stretched and twisted - before they snap? Before they can never be mended again?”-Anna & the French Kiss
*thank you so so much to Guardian Books for being awesome and sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.