by Stephanie Perkins (website, twitter)
Released : December 2nd, 2010
copy procured from the library
a cutie description: Anna Oliphant’s father is shipping her off to France to attend her senior year of high school at the School of America in Paris. She is leaving behind a brother whom she adores, a best friend who is her other half, and a budding relationship with her insanely attractive co-worker. All these things she is being forced to trade for a country who’s language she doesn’t speak and where she is an outsider. Her senior year looks bleak, to say the least, and then she meets Etienne St. Clair: one part American, one part British, one part French, and all parts everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad he’s already got a girlfriend…
some quick cutie thoughts: Anna and the French Kiss is that perfect summertime read filled with humor, romance, and those sentimental moments that make you tear up and get the stomach flutter-flies. Ms. Perkins sets a pace that sweeps the reader up into her story. Not to mention, the setting is awesome; taking the reader on a journey through Paris, France- exploring the food, culture, landmarks, and oh so much more. The secondary characters add both drama and a whole lot of humor. The main protagonist is sweetly clueless. And her love interest is an adorable man-boy mess with a side of extremely smexy. Just his name alone made my heart go thump-ity-thump-thump.
Anna and Etienne’s relationship is a slow build. Their attraction to one another is clearly apparent from the instant they meet, and yet Ms. Perkins takes the time to build a strong foundation for their relationship based on common interests and personality, a definite departure from the seemingly more popular trends of late of couples falling blindly in love with one another at first sight.
In summation: Anna and the French Kiss is beyond hilarious, sweetly romantic, and simply awesome. I could read this book a million times over and never tire of it.
Book cuters want like NOW:
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Publish Date: September 29th 2011
Pre-order at B&N here. (that’s right. I’m just sharin’ the B&N link. *cocks eyebrow, smirks*
Enter to win a copy on Goodreads by clickin’ here.
synopsis from goodreads
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
“You’re going to fall in love with Lola and the Boy Next Door. Madly in love! Every page sparkles.”
— Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Brookmsticks and Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have)
cutie wants this book so bad she is not only talking about herself in third person, but willing and able to do just. about. ANYTHING for it. You take that where you will, my friends.