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Thursday, September 8, 2011

BBReview: "Anna and the French Kiss" By Stephanie Perkins and Question of the Moment 39

*Question of the Moment is at the bottom*

Genre: Young Adult -Contemporary
Publishing Date: December 2nd, 2010
Page Count: 372
Source: Borrowed from local library
Format: Hardcover


Description from Amazon:
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?


Review:
Although my love for YA Paranormal is HUGE and overwhelming, my love for YA Contemporary is right behind it. I love these classic tales of love. Anna and the French Kiss is such a cute love story. I love this novel so much, i couldn't stop reading and i had to know what was going to happen next. One of the things that i love the most about this story is that Anna isn't a homewrecker. She understands that St. Clair has a girlfriend and that they love each other and instead of trying to interfere with that or try and tell him how she feels she pushes down her feelings and respects their relationship. I love that aspect so much, so kudos to Stephanie for making this a very repectful tale.

Another thing that i really appreciated was that the entire novel didn't revolve around her crush on St. Claire. It has a lot of depth to the story. She not only talks about the new crush, but the old crush, Anna's best friend from home, her family, the new school, the classes and also touches base with whats going on in each of Anna's new friends lives. Stephanie made Anna a normal girl who focuses on more than just the current crush. I'll admit, im corny and easy to please so those novels that only focus on that teenage girls angst to be with her crush still make me like them, but it was so refreshing to read about a girl who actually has a life.

I think that Anna is an amazing character and if Stephanie is anything like her, she must be amazing as well. Anna is the perfect main character to have in your novel, because she has morals, etiquette, real feelings/emotions, other things going on in her life, drama, personal quirks, and manners. The more i read about Anna's life the more i feel in love with her character and wish i had her as a friend. I especially love that when she makes a mistake she admits it and goes an apologizes.

Overall:
This novel is amazing. The story line is so clean and easy to follow and is full of things that happen in a real teenage girls life. I love how moral Anna is and that she respects St. Claire's current relationship instead of jusst throwing herself at him and hoping he will leave his girlfriend. I love all of the characters and especially love all the drama that happened. The ending couldn't have been more perfect and i just wish it was longer, because i couldn't get enough of this book. I recommend this novel to anyone who loves those feel good stories and anyone who loves YA.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

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Question of the Moment 39

Have you ever travelled abroad or gone to a boarding school in another country? How was it? And if not, then if you got the chance where would you go?

Unfortunately, i have not traveled abroad. The only country i have been to is canada. I have been to the bahamas on a cruise, but thats the farthest i have ever gone and i think those are technically US territories if im not mistaken, but i could be wrong so dont quote me =]. If i did get the chance to travel abroad i would want to go to Europe. I would either want to go to England, which has been my moms dream to go there FOREVER, or Paris, France. I dont have any real reasons for my wanting to go there, besides the fact that they just seem like amazing places.

How was your travel experience or where would you go? Let me know in the comments below =]

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