Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Anna and the French Kiss!

So, guys.  GUYS.  One of my all-time favorite books is out today.  And I am giddy!  I've loved this book since the very first page.  Steph sent it to me just before it went out on submission and I remember reading that first page and thinking, "Holy crap, she's going to sell immediately."  And, guess what?  She totally did.

Anna and the French Kiss is funny and smart and delightful and swoony.  It's a romantic comedy that manages to be both romantic AND comedic, but it doesn't stop there because Steph is a very ambitious person, so it's also smart and bittersweet and compelling and complex.  These characters stay with you long after you read the book.  The clever, fast dialogue, the lovingly detailed Paris setting, the food--THE FOOD--the romantic entanglements and disappointments and confusion, and the kissing, oh yes, the kissing, the kissing, the kissing...wait, where was I?

The best way I can describe Steph's writing is a perfect medium between the cute and funny of Maureen Johnson and the funny and smart of John Green.  (Incidentally, I would say the content is similar to Sarah Dessen or John Green, if you are wondering what ages it works for--and, as I recommend for any book, if you are concerned read it before giving it to a teen so that you can discuss things.  However, if you read this book before giving it to a teen the poor teen will probably never get it because you will sleep with it under your pillow and ground them if they even think about trying to take it.)

Also, did I mention it has one of the BEST love interests I have ever read?  Hands down.  Bar none.  BUT I READ HIM FIRST HE IS MINE SO BACK OFF.

Ahem.

Steph is one of my very best friends in the world, but even if she weren't she'd still be one of my very favorite authors.  YOU GUYS HOW MUCH LONGER DO I HAVE TO GUSH BECAUSE I WILL GO ON ALL DAY DON'T THINK I WON'T.  WHY HAVEN'T YOU ORDERED IT YET??

Oh.  I didn't give you the picture link.  Here it is:
Buy it for yourself for Christmas.  And then buy it for every older teen on your list.  And then buy it for everyone you like.  And maybe even a few people that you don't like, because after all, it's Christmas and you should really work on being more generous and loving, right?  Right.  Spread the French Kiss love!  You will be so popular.  Especially if you phrase it like that.

Seriously.  I am wearing out the l o v and e keys on my keyboard trying to talk about this book.  I'm so proud of Steph and so grateful I know her and so excited that the rest of the world gets to fall in love in Paris with Anna and √Čtienne St. Clair, and most especially that the world gets to fall in love with Stephanie Perkins.
I KNEW HER FIRST SHE IS MINE SO BACK OFF.
Wait, is that creepy?  Fine.  You, too, are allowed to adore her.  Encouraged, even.
You're welcome.

24 comments:

Jessica Love said...

YAY! I'm so excited!! :-D

And what a sweet post. She's got a great cheerleader in you.

Rachel Morgan said...

Ha ha ha! Okay, you've got me convinced! Adding it to my online basket now :-)

Kelly aka yllektra(force-oblique) said...

Yay, I totally want to read it! :)

Melissa said...

I am so excited!!!

My keyword to enter this is etion...it's not etienne but it's CLOSE

Julia B said...

*lol* Well, if it's that good!

But I will hold you personally responsible! ^_^

tone almhjell said...

Oh, I can't wait to read this book! Stephanie truly is smart and witty and sweet and beautiful, and if only a fragment of this seeps into her story, then it's perfect.

Michelle said...

oh so cool! my must reads list is getting so long!!!

beth said...

*evil cackles*

I suppose I shouldn't be so happy that I'm either going to her release day party today, or to her signing on Saturday.... BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! I shall steal her!!!!! Or just buy lots of her books. One of those. :) :) :)

Sandy Williams said...

I don't read much YA*, but I can't wait to read this book! It seems like every author-y person I know has already read it, and I'm so jealous! It sounds marvelous!

* I'm pretty sure Paranormalcy is the only YA I've read this year... No, wait! I read the Hunger Games trilogy! Oh, and The DUFF. And Perfect Chemistry. And Blood Promise. And...

Never mind. I take it back. Apparently, I do read a lot of YA.

Angela Felsted said...

Sounds like fun.

Jenilyn Tolley said...

This sounds like so much fun! But I'm worried about protecting my l, o, v, and e keys before I buy it--thanks for the warning. :)

Connie Onnie said...

I am rather surprised that you did not try and fight me when I met you at Changing Hands. But hey √Čtienne is really worth fighting for. Sure the fight would appear to be unfair since I am close to 5'9 but you look scrappy so I am not going to count you out.

Guinevere said...

Oh yay! Thanks for reminding me! I need to get this!!!

Tameka said...

I absolutely LOVED this book! I can't gush about it enough! I'm only slightly jealous that you got to meet Etienne first. Luckily there's enough of him to go around. Yay Stephanie!

Molly said...

Tried to comment earlier, but I don't think blogger likes my iPhone. I met Beth tonight! *waves* You were missed, but thought of, Kiersten! :)

erica and christy said...

Thank you.

That is all. :)
erica

Em (Super Reader Girl) said...

Ack! Now I'm even MORE frustrated that my bookstore does not have Anna yet!! Can you believe it?! I should've pre-ordered. :)

Lale said...

Believe me, it's been on my Christmas list for a very long while. As soon as I touch down in the states, I'm heading to a bookstore!

Dara said...

Well I already know one of my Christmas presents is a Nook...so maybe this will be one of the first books to go on it :)

Sarah Laurenson said...

That looks amazing. And I'm in the mood for a good romance.


We interrupt this comment trail...
This picture is so you, I just had to share it - with you. Others can take a peek at Kiersten hard at work if they like.

Stephanie Perkins said...

(I wish you would write ALL my reviews!)

Thank you. I wish I could think of words bigger than thank you, but I'll just have to type it bigger:

THANK YOU.

I am so grateful and happy for your support and especially for your friendship. I have absolutely no idea what I would do without you. Probably quit. On a daily (hourly?) basis.

lotusgirl said...

I knew her before you did. Well. You know through her blog. She's so much fun. I'm in the midst of reading her book right now.

Ishta Mercurio said...

LOL! This sounds like a great book. Congrats, Stephanie! And Kiersten, thanks for the review.

Stray said...

no way, you're married and St Clair is mine!!


And great post, and I have to agree with everything you've just said. I think √Čtienne is now the boy I compare the others to...