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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
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Feb 14, 2011

it was amazing
Read in February, 2011

Fabulous, awesome, romantic read. Here's my blog review:

And if you want a review of a très romantique book this Valentine's Day, check out Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. How do I love this book? Let me count the ways:

First, it's set in Paris. Who wouldn't love to spend their senior year of high school at an American school in Paris?

Second, the main love interest (Etienne St. Claire), despite being American, was raised for a time in England so he has a dreamy British accent. *swoon* He'd be even more perfect if he didn't already have a girl friend. (Yeah, you see the problem.)

Third, this book will remind you of the angst, flutters and all the million other tingly emotions that came the first time you fell in love. For a YA novel, it was surprisingly long - which is wonderful. We get to experience all the false starts & near misses that can transpire over the course of an entire school year.

Fourth, it's probably the first book written in the present tense that I've loved. It wasn't distracting, but instead was the perfect way to project Anna's voice.

Fifth, the characters are so subtly flawed and imperfect that it makes them perfect. Anna is a neat freak and timid. She's afraid to explore Paris on her own even though it's teaming with her beloved movie theaters (she wants to be a professional movie critic someday). And Etienne is "short" and bites his nails. And yet they're both beautiful and compliment each other on every level.

In short, this book takes home a highly-coveted HFAC rating - that's 5 out of 4 Greek coins! Go hence and get ye a copy!
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