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Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: December 2, 2011
Hardcover: 372 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenge: Support Your Local Library, 350 Page
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 Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?
Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, although I have no idea what the function of either actually is. Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, and a lot of kings named Louis. I’m not sure what they did either, but I think it has something to do with the French Revolution, which has something to do with Bastille Day. The art museum is called the Louvre and it’s shaped like a pyramid and the Mona Lisa lives there along with the statue of the woman missing her arms. And there are cafes or bistros or whatever they call them on every street corner. And mimes. The food is supposed to be good, and the people drink a lot of wine and smoke a lot of cigarettes.
Oh. My. God. Seriously? I. Freaking. Loved. This. Book. Why did it have to end?! Why?! It was amazing. I have heard soooo many great things about this book. I kept hearing that it was one of their most favorite contemporary novels for the year, and for some the greatest ever!
It definitely got me intrigued and when I was able to snag it at the library without putting a hold on it, I was ecstatic! I wasn’t even looking for it at the time, I mean, I knew I wanted to read it, but I was just browsing the shelves and I saw the Eiffel tower on the spine and then the name and I freaked and grabbed it.
I don’t even know how to explain this book. I started reading it and that was it. I was hooked. From the first freaking page! And I didn’t stop then, nope. I read until, like, 4 in the morning! I only got in about 200 pages before falling asleep, but I finished the next day. And wow, I even dreamed about Paris and, of course, St. Clair (Drools!) when I was sleeping. And that’s after about half an hour of tossing and turning while thinking about the book. I couldn’t get it out of my head. And I still can’t. I am so unbelievably sad I finished it. I keep staring at the pretty cover and making a sad face. Normally books this size (Nearly 400.) takes me a few days to read nowadays because I have my son, but I read this book pretty dang fast! If I could add up all my time spent reading it, it might have been about 5 hours all together? And that’s because half the time I would read very slow in some areas, or go back and read it over again to smile at it. I will definitely be rereading this in the future and I can NOT wait to read the companion novel Lola and the Boy Next Door. I don’t even know what it’s about yet because I told myself I would read Anna and the French Kiss before reading the synopsis for the companion.
Anna was a great protagonist, she annoyed me at some points, but all the characters were great. Especially St. Clair! God he’s hot. And soooo nice! Even the annoying preppy girls like Amanda was fun to read about. All the characters were pretty real to me, they made mistakes and learned from them, and they were flawed.
The writing pulls you in and has great detail. And I mean GREAT detail. Perkins did an amazing job describing the streets of Paris. I've always wanted to go there, but after reading this I want to go NOW.
But overall, just get it. It was amazing. Really. I kind of want to go back and re-read it now just to be back with the characters and setting.
So cute!! Love everything about it!