Book of the Month for February =)
There was actually a ton of hype for this book following its release, with bloggers and authors alike just RAVING about it. However, the cover and the title brought some serious skepticism from me... but still, I was dying to read it because I wanted to see if it was as good as everyone said!
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?
So I could write a straight-forward review with gushing adjectives and hopefully well-formed senteces but screw it. I mean, this review is funner, right?
You will LOVE this book if you fulfill one or more of the following:
- Have a heart
- Are relatively emotionally stable
- Have a brain
- Are literate or have functioning ears
- Own an imagination
- Likes* to read
- Are a female
- Or maybe even a male
- Dreams of perfect boys with beautiful hair and accents
- Dreams of imperfect boys with height challenges and crooked teeth
- Thinks the cover and title aren’t doing the book any favours
- Likes Paris (or the idea of it)
- Believes in love
- Is cynical about love
- Likes thin mints
- Likes to feel happy occasionally
- Likes to be constantly happy
- Likes to grin while reading
- Likes to swoon while reading
- Likes endearing protagonists
- Likes cheering in movies as that cute boy finally gets the courage to ask the main character out
- Enjoys reading books with great writing
- Likes my blog
- Likes Harry Potter
- Likes awesome authors like John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Maureen Johnson
- Are a Nerdfighter (DFTBA)
- Dislikes Nicholas Sparks, or whatever “non-romance-genre-but-who-are-you-kidding” books he writes or stands for
WHY you will love it:
- The writing is amazing, it's witty and sharp and funny and ten type of lovely.
- Anna is a relatable, flawed and completely endearing protagonist.
- Étienne St. Clair is an imperfect yet perfect love interest. He used “pants” as a curse word.
- The relationship development is developed, like holy crap it is
- All characters are developed and evolve throughout the course of the book
- It’s in Paris!
- It's gourmet literature**.
- It’s funny. And cute.
- It will make you happy.
- It will surprise you by how funny and cute it is. And you won’t understand why you’re grinning so much because it’s an understated type of funny and cute. Which I think is the best kind.
You will most likely NOT enjoy this book if you fulfill FOUR or more of the following characteristics:
- You hate puppies
- You hate sunshine and rainbows and the smell of spring and idea of Paris
- You belong in a Satanic Cult that butchers books
- You eat paper for fun
- You feel you are above literature (gasp)
Rating in HP Terms: baby, it's Outstanding.
Recommended for: Seriously?
Acknowledgements: This girl knows how to write her mercis, 5/5!
9.3/10 – because I loved it. I loved the characters and the way they were so well crafted, how they’re relatable and yes, I even loved their flaws. I loved the writing (only had a small grievance about the emphasis on St. Clair's beauty..), how there was both subtle and obvious humour caught between the pages. I loved the plot because it was both fun and serious, and interesting things happen. I loved how I could NOT put down the book. But above all, I loved how it didn’t disappoint me, especially when I thought I would be the black sheep who wouldn’t see what the big deal was. It feels nice to not be disappointed. Please read it and spread the word, because our world can use more books like Anna and the French Kiss.
*Please note that the use of “like” can range from slight enjoyment to OMG LOVE in all cases of its use in this post.
**It will catch on
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