Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins was delightful. I'm in looooooooooooove with Paris, Anna, and St. Clair. I would like to Talented-Mr.-Ripley this story and make it my life. Please someone take me to Paris ASAP!


               Anna and the French KissAnna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
Anna is 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. Which is why she is 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? (GoodReads).


Level of Originality: 4. This reminds me of Meant to Be with high schoolers in love in Europe, with a bit of boarding school YA fun added in. No molds were broken here, but I sure liked this combo. Why didn't I get sent to HS in Paris?
Level of Absurdity: 2. Shockingly low! I thought that the complicated nature of liking someone you can't have was very well done and absolutely rang true as to the complicated layers of high school feelings. I also giggled a lot at all of the funny asides.
Level of Paranormal Romance 9. This is the best romantic build-up I have seen in a while. I swooned and cheered.  Would someone dreamy please give me a poetry book with this in it?!:
“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.”
Level of Harry Potterness: 5. For BOARDING SCHOOLS. This book is very readable and while not particularly writerly, it really pulls you in.

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