Happy Monday Everyone! I had an excellent weekend and I will tell you all about it this week, but in honor of Valentine’s Day I have reviewed a romantic book for you! I promise you are going to LOVE this book. But first, a little love note to the author:
Dear Stephanie Perkins,
Thank you for writing a romance that involved swoon-worthy but real (non-supernatural) people and realistically insecure and imperfect teens that was not mindless drivel, sickeningly sweet, or borderline erotica. Please keep them coming, I am hooked.
Seriously. Anna and the French Kiss is amazingly un-put-downable.
Anna Oliphant’s newly rich and famous father decides that spending her senior year in Paris will be good for her. Anna does not agree, but has no choice, and she soon finds herself in the position of “new girl” at the School of America in Paris. Her annoyance over her situation begins to fade once she meets Étienne St. Clair. Known to his friends as St. Clair, he speaks perfect French with a British accent, but carries an American passport. To Anna he is utterly irresistible and totally off-limits. She spends a lot of time convincing herself that she is fine being St. Clair’s best friend, but he is such a flirt that it is nearly impossible. Family crises, misunderstandings, girlfriends, and bruised egos all threaten to end their friendship. Can Anna find love in the most romantic city in the world or will her year abroad be a colossal flop?
Oh, Anna and Étienne, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
1. Anna is a perfect heroine. She is smart, thoughtful, and hilarious. She is nervous about being in Paris, she is shy around new people, and she has a hard time breathing around her secret crush. Her inner dialog is at times side-splittingly hilarious. Other times it is heartbreaking. Either way, it’s realistic.
2. Étienne is dreamy. And taken. And despite being a hopeless flirt, it is obvious why Anna thinks she is willing to settle with just being friends just to be near him.
3. Both of them make mistakes. Nothing epic, just normal,everyday missteps that everyone makes at some point. Feelings get hurt, friendships are strained, but nothing life-shattering or insurmountable. Totally believable drama.
4. The terror and thrill of dorm life. So true.
5. I could go on, but I think five reasons to love this book is enough. Now I assume that you all assume that there is a happy ending, but if you don’t assume that, stop reading, because I am about to say that the last reason I love this book so much is because after all the drama and the crazy emotional rollercoaster these two put you through, there is indeed a happy ending. *sigh*
There you have it. My Valentine’s Day gift to you. I hope you enjoy it. A couple of words of warning, though. There is some drinking, a coed sleepover (with actual sleeping and nothing naughty), and some PDA, but I think the title gives that away.
Looking for more Valentine’s Day romances? Why not try Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, How to Ruin My Summer Vaction by Simone Elkeles, A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han or anything by Sarah Dessen!
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Reading!