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Hobbitsies Reviews: Best Book I Read in 2010
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5.0
Anna and the French Kiss has been hyped beyond belief in the book blogging community. Sometimes hype turns out to be really right, and sometimes it ends up letting me down. Either way, I knew I had to buy Anna and the French Kiss the day it came out. There was no way I could not.

And luckily – Anna and the French Kiss more than impressed me. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was my favourite book of 2010. Really. I really, truly mean that. There was such an awesome combination of various elements in Anna and the French Kiss that really worked and made it what it was. Separately, I don’t know that I would have liked it as much, but the way everything in the story came together rocked.

I am a sucker for boarding schools. And books that take place in foreign countries. And books that deal with issues other than just getting the guy. Anna and the French Kiss had several other issues – friend problems, parent problems, etc. I’m also a fan of sexy guys. And you know what? Not only was the love interest in this book totally sexy, he was British. Do you guys see how all these elements are starting to add up?

And Anna? I loved her. And I love Stephanie Perkins. I AM SUCH A FILM GEEK. So add into the melting pot of awesome elements Anna’s film geekiness that rivaled my own. Seriously. I want her to be my best friend. Anna is my version of Anna and Jen’s Jessica Darling.

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. Etienne St. Clair. I have no other words. Isn’t his name enough?

What really, really gets me about Anna and the French Kiss, though, is that Stephanie Perkins is a debut author. And she is phenomenal. Her characters, her story – her writing. She is phenomenal. Here, see for yourself -

If this were vacation, I’m sure I’d be charmed. I’d buy an Eiffel Tower key chain, take pictures of the cobblestones, and order a platter of escargot. But I’m not on vacation. I am here to live, and I feel small. – Anna and the French Kiss, page 19

I just don’t know what else to say about Anna and the French Kiss. It is SO FREAKING GOOD. Stephanie Perkins has another book coming out, Lola and the Boy Next Door (2011), and recently announced the sale of her third book, Isla and the Happily Ever After (2013). Both are companion novels to Anna and I am so freaking ecstatic. Stephanie Perkins has wormed her way up my “will read anything by” list and I am so pleased she did!

Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2010/12/anna-and-the-french-kiss-by-stephanie-perkins/
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