Monday, October 7, 2013

Anna & The French Kiss: A Review

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 √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

I had heard such good things about this one that I was little wary going into it, wondering if I would just fall in love with it. I did. In fact, it partially made me wish that my parents had sent me to a boarding school. :) I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can't wait to read more by Stephanie Perkins.

Anna is being sent off to boarding school in Paris because her dad thinks it will a good experience for her. She is not happy about it but immediately starts making friends. She meets Meredith on her first night there and then is introduced to Rashmi, Josh, and St. Clair. She slowly becomes acquainted with her surroundings, gets bolder as the story goes on about venturing out on her own.

I love how much growth we get to see in Anna. At the beginning she's quite unsure of nearly everything - the city, herself, her friends... as I said, nearly everything.Which, given her circumstances, makes total sense. She's thrown into a world which she knows nothing about and although she makes friends fairly quickly, there's still that feeling of being the fifth wheel. And despite making friends there is that "one girl" who seems to hate her for no reason.

There's undeniable chemistry between Anna and St Clair, but there always seems to be something in the way. Another girl, a boy, insecurities, doubts... something. It's great to see their friendship develop as the story goes on. It definitely wasn't insta-love and their relationship is all the better for it.

Definitely looking forward to reading more by Stephanie Perkins. I loved the fun, the intensity, and how real it all felt.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Teaser Tuesday ♥ Lola & The Boy Next Door

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along! 

All you have to do:
  1. Grab your current read.
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page.
  4. Be careful... do not include spoilers!!!  Make sure that what you are sharing doesn't give too much away;  you don't want to ruin the book for others.
  5. Share the title and author, too, so other Teaser Tuesday participants can add it to their TBR list if they like what you shared.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2) 

“Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."
I smile. "You don't think I'm perfect?"
"No. You're delightfully screwy, and I wouldn't have you any other way.” 

~Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins