I don’t even remember the last time I giggled and squee-d nonstop over a chick-lit book! For some reasons, I don’t read chick-lit and YA novels, in fact, I avoided it. Weird, right? I know. It’s just reading romantic scenes with gorgeous guys makes me swoon and more desperate on having a boyfriend. I fail miserably when it comes to love life.
I’ve been reading a lot of awesome reviews about this book by Stephanie Perkin’s Anna and the French Kiss. I really didn’t get it at first because 1) French Kiss on the title? No way I’m reading that and 2) the title is just not that enticing to me. But I really got curious and accidentally found an e-book lying somewhere in the internet (I KNOW IT’S A BAD THING TO DO BUT I PROMISE YOU, MS. STEPHANIE PERKINS, I AM BUYING YOUR BOOK. THERE’S NO WAY I WILL NOT. THE BOOK IS NOT YET AVAILABLE IN THE BOOK STORES THIS TIME) and decided to take little time to read it and I thought I can stop somewhere and continue when I have my copy but I was wrong! I can’t stop reading, squeeing, giggling, laughing while reading this! (OH, BTW, I FINALLY HAVE A COPY OF THE BOOK!)
It’s about this girl named Anna Oliphant from Atlanta, Georgia who is sent to Paris, France by his father to spend her senior year in School of America in Paris. At that time, she is the only new student for the whole senior year and she’s afraid of having her life in Paris alone and having new friends. Then she met Meredith who is living on the same floor of their dormitory and became friends with her, Rashmi, Josh and Etienne St. Clair. Well, I agree that girls love guys with English accent and I tell you that Etienne St. Clair is so beautiful, cool, witty, intelligent, a history geek! Anna is attached to him and became his close friend. She shrugs off the feelings she has for Etienne because he has a girlfriend! Well, she doesn’t know what to do, what’s the status of their relationship. What do you know what will happen next? I want to quote you the whole book! But I will give you this straight from Anna:
I don’t want to feel this way around him. I want things to be normal. I want to be his friend, not another stupid girl holding out for something that will never happen.
I love how Stephanie Perkins wrote this ordinary realistic story into something extraordinary! It’s your typical I-am-in-love-with-this-guy-but-I-can’t-because-he-has-a-girlfriend story but the story involves a lot of things about complicated love, friendship, teenage life, pain, family love that I, myself was moved by the story. But above all else, the story really touched and makes my heart jump. Really. I also adore how Stephanie Perkins developed her characters! No one’s left behind, even the queen bees and stupid jerks there! And what’s more, the historical places in Paris, France! Man, I am really jealous of these people who has the opportunity to live in this country! THAT’S THE ROMANTIC THING IN THIS BOOK—PARIS, FRANCE!
And. And. And. There’s no way I will forget to mention how lovely Etienne St. Clair is. Well, at first, he’s like so perfectly beautiful—the hair, the positive aura, beautiful eyes, nose, LIPS, being a history geek, ENGLISH ACCENT. Ah, my ideal man. It crossed my mind that he may be another unrealistic perfect guy that can catch any girl’s heart. It’s true he can catch every girls’ heart (he got mine) but he isn’t perfect. He has problems on his own and imperfection. It’s cool. And let me share you that I imagine this guy (Aaron Johnson) as Etienne. I mean, in the movie Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, his role there as Robbie is like Etienne St. Clair minus the history geekness.
I tell you I read this book twice and it never failed me to fall in love over again. I can’t stop talking about it, I can’t stop talking about Etienne St. Clair, thinking and fantasizing about having my own Etienne (If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll read how much I talk about Etienne). Oh God. Until now?! I told you so, I should have not read this. Look what has this book done to me! HAHA. It took me a week to gather myself and write this book a good review but look what happened, I just talked and talked about Etienne and my nonstop giggling and squee-ing here.
Anyway, I would like to say that I would love to read this book in Etienne’s perspective. Yes, that would be lovely. Or read it in a He Said, She Said format. I just want to read each character’s point of view. If Stephanie Perkins would do that, that would send me to heaven. But I can say that Anna and the French Kiss is good enough for me.
Trivia: Do you know that this book is mentioned as one of John Green’s favorite things? 8 Things I love video on Youtube (that video made me read this book too!)
Okay, enough talking, Tricia.
Highly recommended to all girls, even the guys out there.
Book #8 for 2011
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My copy: E-book