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ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

I am so ridiculously late to the party on this one.

And it’s all my fault.

See, I heard this book was fantastic. I heard it over and over and over again. I added it to my pile of books to read a while ago. But I kept getting distracted by other things– things I considered more my type of book. Meaning books that were either dark, DARK, or dark. And I kept saying next time, next time.

Because this looked so light. And…romantic. And…not exactly my thing.

So. We were prepping to take this long car ride, which seemed a bit ominous, and this book seemed like the perfect antidote to ominous. So I packed it.

From Goodreads:

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 Étienne St. Claire: 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?

And I am a moron.

Holy crap, this book was fantastic.

I suspect I loved this book for different reasons than a lot of people. I loved it for the writing, and I loved it for the characters. I loved this book even though I kind of knew what was going to happen. The characters and the writing were so amazing that I would’ve read about Anna and her friends playing Go-Fish for 18 hours straight. There, I said it. I Loved it. Capital L.

And this is why I should not judge. This is why I should not read only one type of book. This is why I should go ahead and try those books that are not necessarily my thing.

I am not a re-reader of books. Not unless, like, 10 years have gone by. But I want to read this book again. Already. Even though I know what happens.

And now, for a secret: I also adored the story, despite what I thought I knew about my reading tastes. About 8 hours into the car ride, the husband narrowed his eyes at me and said, “Why do you keep smiling?” In road-trip land, there was no reason to smile. Nobody else was smiling. The kids were cranky. The husband was cranky. We had passed the time for smiling about 4 hours earlier. And I said something like, “Oh, well, you see, Anna just…” And then I realized I was about to completely and utterly ruin my reputation.

So I’ll leave it at this: This book will make you smile.

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Jen Hayley peers into Clarity

Carrie Harris is mesmerized by Memento Nora

Matt Blackstone visits The Ninth Ward

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Reader Comments (5)

Megan, I have this in my pile too and have been thinking the exact same things you originally thought about it. Seems I'll have to read it now and realize I'm also a moron. :)
March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessi
I agree. I put it off for the same reasons. I think the cover alone makes you think it's something more akin to beach reading. But she did such a terrific job with characterization and made you really care about Anna and her friends. The voice was so strong. I was really surprised by it.
March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolina Valdez Miller
I loved this book so much I read it twice. And it really hasn't been out that long.
March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnita
Yay! Going to revisit this one!
March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill Hathaway
Jessi - Please read it so you can join me :)
Carol - Yes, THE VOICE. Amazing. I was really surprised by it, as well.
Anita - That's awesome! I really want to read it again, too....
Jill - I know you'll love it. I KNOW IT.
March 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterMegan Miranda

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