Monday, March 5, 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Jacque's BN4Lent Challenge #2

One of our BN4Lent challenges this month is to read a book assigned to us by a fellow Book Nerd.  Flo and I selected a book for each other.  I can only hope that the book I assigned her, Between by Cindi Tefft, is anywhere close to as enjoyable as this 5* book she gave me. (I haven't read Between yet, but it was recommended to me by Teri...who I will never second guess again since reading Shade).

 Here is a link to Flo's review of Anna and the French Kiss.  She gives a great synopsis of the characters and explains how Paris really comes to life in this book.  I have never been to Paris, but I have been planning a trip to London for as long as I can remember.  After reading this book and Die for Me by Amy Plum, I am 100% sure I will add Paris as a second destination to this future trip.

I am VERY glad that Flo finally talked me into reading Anna.  I absolutely LOVED Étienne...yes, to me he is Étienne and not St. Clair.  If you have read the book you will understand why.  His perfect hair, his accent, his sense of humor, his British slang...*swoons*.  But he was a real teenage boy.  His life isn't perfect and we can feel the pain and struggles that he is going through.

I could read the next to last chapter of this book 100 times and never get tired of it.  It was beautifully written and I am honestly adding several quotes from this book to my reading journal for future reference.  A while back, I could not figure out why Flo wanted one of my B&N coupons to buy a copy of this book when she had already read it.  I TOTALLY understand now.  If I can find a copy with this cover on it...I will absolutely do the same thing.  Since I have been in the mood to borrow quotes from my favorite fictional characters is one from Étienne.  Anna and the French Kiss is "brilliant".  If you enjoy YA fiction, this is a must read.


  1. Awesome review! He is always Etienne to me as well! What a great idea to finally read a book that someone has strongly recommended. It seems so hard when my TBR pile is staring me down! Happy reading :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  2. When I read the synopsis I was thrilled to get my hands on it and start reading. I did receive and early copy through ATWT and I immediately sat down and started reading. When I stopped reading several hours later, my head was muddled with confusion on why I did not like this book as much as everyone else.

  3. This is the best book i've read so far! Étienne is like the hottest guy you could ever meet! :"> i would be willing to be sent in SOAP. :) haha. By the way, is that cover like legit? Do they also sell the book in that cover or not? :/

  4. Everything about this book is brilliant and swoon-worthy. Even though I've never been to Paris, I felt like I was in Paris with Anna, Mer, Josh, Rashmi, and St. Pierre because Perkins' imagery is outstanding. I now feel like I have traveled the streets of Paris and been to the top of Notre Dame. I have made wishes in the center of the city. I will forever be a part of this book and it will forever be a part of me.

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