Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Okay, really. How can you read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and not fall in love with everything about it? Everyone is reading it, everyone loves it. I can’t think of another contemporary YA book with such widespread and practically unanimous support. And it is so well deserved! It is such a quiet and sweet story, it kinda snuck up on me. I fell in love with the book a little at a time, just like Anna and St. Clair.

So, instead of doing a traditional review, I’m making a list of five of the reasons that – in my opinion – Anna and the French Kiss stands out. Instead of stating the obvious facts about the general plot and characters being incredible, I’m focusing on the details that made the story.

1. Anna’s dad. A tribute to the ridiculousness of Nicholas Sparks. How AWESOME is that? Really. I have never wanted to give someone a high five as much as I want to give one to Stephanie. I often get great joy out of making fun of the guy, and was thrilled that it was a part of this story.

2. Bananas, elephants, bridges, sandwiches, and Star Wars. The little things don’t necessarily matter plot-wise. But: they’re what make characters real people, and what make a book a story.

3. St. Clair’s fear of heights, Anna’s OCD and their mutual inability to face change. We don’t need our characters to be perfect, we want them to be real.

4. John Green. He said this on Twitter (to Maureen Johnson): “have you read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS? It’s like you and me and Sarah Dessen had a really sexy baby.”

5. Mum, goinky, bloody, trousers. Deny it if you wish, but accents are hot. St. Clair didn’t need one to melt readers of the book…but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

So, if you haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins yet – do yourself a favor and pick it up. Make sure and savor the details, they’re what really make this book shine!

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Misty December 10, 2010, 10:34 pm

    I keep seeing this EVERYWHERE. And originally, I was like, meh. Just from the cover and title thinking not the book for me, being totally judgmental and whatnot, but honestly, as much as everyone's raving, I might have to cave…

  • Kelsey December 10, 2010, 10:51 pm

    Great review- I LOVED this book 🙂

  • Beth S. December 11, 2010, 2:36 am

    I laughed so hard when I realized Perkins was oh so subtly jabbing Nicholas Sparks books with Anna's father. Something little like that shows readers just how clever she is.

  • brandy-painter December 11, 2010, 2:42 am

    Hey, I've been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and really enjoying it.

    I've been wanting to read this book but 1, 4 & 5 have moved that want up to the desperate level. This was a wonderfully unique way to review a book so many people have talked about already!

  • Allison December 11, 2010, 3:01 am

    thanks Brandy! Make sure and let me know how you like it when you do read it 🙂

  • A Canadian Girl December 11, 2010, 3:21 am

    I haven't gotten around to getting a copy yet but I know everyone has been raving about it. I love that you decided to go a different route and focus on the little details, and when I do read Anna and the French Kiss, I'm going to be looking for that tribute to Nicholas Sparks.

  • Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) December 13, 2010, 6:13 am

    Love your review! This book was full of awesome. Anna’s dad in my head was a combo of James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks. Frightening image I know LOL

  • toothybooks December 14, 2010, 9:23 pm

    man i'm starting to see this book everywhere! maybe it's a sign that i need to go pick it up and read it.

  • AUTUMN GIRL December 18, 2010, 2:04 pm

    I have this book for about a week now. After your review I think I´m gonna go and read it.

  • Kristin July 5, 2012, 9:05 am

    I am one of the few people who still hasn’t read this one, I know I need to because I don’t think I have seen a bad review on it yet, Awesome review!


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