Today’s Book Spotlight is on Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is devastated to learn that her father (an author of horribly cliché bestselling books) decides that she needs to spend her senior year of high school at a boarding school in Paris. Sure Paris is awesome but Anna has a life in Atlanta complete with a rocker best friend, a Star Wars loving little brother, and a crush that she thinks is on the verge of becoming something more. Not caring what she wants her father sends her to the School of America in Paris (or SOAP as the students call it). Things are hard for Anna in a new country, even ordering breakfast becomes an ordeal when you don’t speak the langue. Soon she meets new friends who are determined to make sure she doesn’t spend the whole year in her room. There is Meredith, lives next door and loves football, Rashmi, still trying to deal with her best friend graduating (and refusing to be her friend anymore), and Josh, boyfriend to Rashmi and a talented artist. Then there is Etienne St. Clair.
Etienne St. Clair is perfect to Anna in every way. From his gorgeous hair, to his adorable accent, and a brilliant sense of humor Anna can only find one fault with him. He has a girlfriend. Thus Anna begins a year of becoming best friends with someone she can’t have while trying to deal with the fact that at times he seems like he might want more between them, only to have him run back to his girlfriend. Confused about what is going on with her crush at home, even more confused by Etienne, and trying not to embarrass herself every time she speaks French, Anna’s last year of high school is unlike anything she has ever experienced before. A story about how confusing and wonderful living in a new place and falling in love can be. Great story for people who like romance or are interested in stories set in foreign places (wonderful scenes all about Parisian culture). First book in the series. To request a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.
P.S. There is a lot of mixed feelings online about this book cover. Some people think it is fun while others think it is overly cutesy. Just remember, never judge a book by its cover! Take some time to read about a book that just from the look of it you might not normally read. You might be surprised to find something you love wrapped up in a picture that you might not have picked if you were the author.