Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I want to smooch ANNA and the FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
But enough of my fav authors who write about all those speculative things raved about Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins that I had to pick it up. I'm so glad I read this book, because I'd forgotten about all the exciting things about being a teenager.
Secret crushes! First kisses! Delightfully awkward throat-clearing while your leg brushes his and you pretend you're paying attention to the movie and not stealing glances at him in a dark movie theater!
Perkins does a brilliant job of filling us with the tingly ache of falling in love. I held my breath along with Anna as she shared her boarding school bed with Etienne. (oh, not like that! Remember that feeling? That 17-year-old feeling that if you could just sleep, JUST SLEEP, with him then your world would be complete? Sigh)
I was afraid Anna and the French Kiss would be too light and fluffy, but I was relieved to find genuine characters with real problems and a wonderfully believable romance. And even though she didn't beat-up vampires or kick zombie-ass, Anna is still a strong heroine who holds her own.
So, my challenge to you junkies: What other YA contemporaries do you recommend?