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Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

By now, it is far too late to write a review with any praise that hasn't already been expressed via Goodreads or other blogs.

But I am going to do it anyway.

What an sweet, heart-warming and realistic read!  This book was full out adorable in every way with perhaps the most likable hero and heroine I have read in ages.

Anna Oliphant (otherwise known as Banana Elephant) is sent to an American boarding school in Paris for what she thinks is pure prestige appearance for her father.  Though she can't deny the beauty of the city, she feels alone and isolated -- unable to speak the language, "deserted" by her parents, taken away just as a possible romance would have blossomed and of course, knowing no one.  Her tears attract her neighbour through the wall and with one small passage between Meredith and Anna, I began to love this book.

"I cried the first night, too." She tilts her head, thinks for a moment, and then nods. "Come on.  Chocolat chaud."
"A chocolate show?" Why would I want to see a chocolate show?  My mother has abandoned me and I'm terrified to leave  my room and ---
"No." She smiles. "Chaud. Hot. Hot chocolate, I can make some in my room."
Oh.

Anna finds friendship with Mer and her group of friends.  This group happens to include the short but absolutely gorgeous √Čtienne St. Clair.  And from there, perfection ensues.

From Anna's nerves, to her developing feelings for St. Clair, to all of the turmoil that occurs in between, I adored her, St. Clair and the gang.  The characters were beyond realistic in both thought processes and attitude.  Perkins did a fantastic job at showing that not all friendships are sunshine and rainbows and slowly developing a friendship is not always a seamless transition. Family also plays a huge roll in the plot, dealing mostly with the intricacies of parent/child relationships.  Each situation was handled with such tenderness and gave the characters even more depth.

And oh, the writing!  Perkins is hilarious and I laughed so many times during this book.  I kept a pencil beside me the whole time, starring my favourite passages, planning to write them in my review.  But, I have changed my mind.  You're just going to have to read it and be struck by the sheer wonder that is Anna and St. Clair on your own!

I haven't smiled this much during a book, possibly ever.  It was an extreme pleasure to read!

5 comments:

Ikhlas said...

Lovely review, Chelsey :) I've heard SO many good things about this book, I'm going to have to grab a copy soon! :)

Natalie said...

YAY! I'm so happy you loved this book! Perkins is one of my all time favourite authors now because of it! You should definitely check out Lola and the Boy Next Door now! I didn't think it was quite as good as Anna but I still really enjoyed it!

Maja said...

You people are going to talk me into reading this after all. You have all conspired against me. I usually stay as far away from vanilla romances as possible, but since my blog partner is Vanilla Queen, it can't always be avoided.

Awesome review, Chelsey. :)

Hannah said...

I've heard nothing but great things about this book!!! I cannot wait to read it, I know I won't be disappointed. Lovely review!

Ashley said...

This is one I definitely wouldn't have read at first glance. The cover is sort of cheesy, and I am a total cover snob. I've heard nothing but great things, though! Your review officially sent it on my TBR list. Thanks!

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