Posts Tagged ‘young adult book’

BRR: Anna and the French Kiss

February 16, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsTitle: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins

First Impressions: Honestly? I didn’t think I would like it! I had two friends LOVE the book and another friend LOATHE the book, and after reading their arguments about whether or not St. Clair was a jerk for leading on both Anna and his girlfriend or about whether Anna was weak/whiny for obsessing over him, I thought I would be on the disliking team.

Last Impressions: LOVED it! I could not put it down. And funnily enough, I still agree with a lot of my friend-who-loathed-it’s comments, except the part where she thought Anna and St. Clair’s actions made them (and thus the book) unlikable. I agree that they didn’t always handle the situation the best, but they handled it exactly how I imagine I would if I was Anna. She is such an amazing character because she makes mistakes and then learns from them–and yeah, she obsesses over a boy who is “off-limits,” but haven’t we all? (Hellooooo, Justin Timberlake.) And she never loses her individual personality; she is a neat-freak, sneaker-wearing, film-loving, future movie critic whether St. Clair likes her or not. And double yeah, this is a book about a romance, but it feel it is much more a coming-of-age novel about a girl who learns the pros and cons of growing into an independent woman. in Paris. with a hot, curly-haired guy who has a British accent. and they fall in love. squeeeeel :-)

Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): When Anna and St. Clair hung out over Thanksgiving, running and screaming around the dorms while everyone else was gone for the holiday–so many lovely goosebump moments! I also loved every time Anna blushed because I am a total blusher, too.

Least Favorite Moment: Anna’s low low point. Where it all spins outta control. You’ll know the part I mean when you read it. Lets just agree that mean people are the WORST. I just wanted to call her up and be like “ummm, you don’t me, but I read about what is happening right now and I just wanted to give you a hug.”

Quote from the book:

World's Largest Crossword PuzzleTime passes quickly for an eight-hour flight.

We don’t talk about what waits on the other side of the ocean. Not his mother. Not Toph. Instead, we browse Skymall. We play the if-you-had-to-buy-one-thing-off-each-page game. He laughs when I choose the hot-dog toaster, and I tease him about the fogless shower mirror and the world’s largest crossword puzzle.

“At least they’re practical,” he says.

Thoughts on the bookcover: Cute…but how come publishers never want to make the girls on covers look like the actual characters? where is Anna’s tooth gap? where is the bleached streak in her hair? Although the whole image of the unknown guy sitting just out of reach is perfecto.

An ideal place to read this book:
in an outdoor cafe! or maybe in a movie theater while you are waiting for a movie to start! or in Paris!!!

Dream Cast: Emma Stone for Anna (I think Emma Stone should be in EVERY movie.) and Aaron Johnson for St. Clair.

People who should read this: Anyone who likes romances, or books set in Europe, or stories about friendships, or any combination of the above :-)

People who should not read this: well there is not much obvious boy appeal, but I can see it enjoyed by boys who do appreciate smart romances with lots of snarkiness (I have several guy friends who love chick-flicks like When in Rome, etc–they would totally love this!). Also, my friend who LOATHES it should not re-read it.

If you like this book, you may also like: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, Heist Society by Ally Carter, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Award Winning Titles

January 30, 2009

If you’re looking for a great book you might want to check out one of the following award winning titles.  Both the Morris Award and the Printz Award winners were recently announced. 

The 2009 Printz Award Winner: 

Jellicoe Road

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. 

The 2009 Morris Award Winner: 

A Curse As Dark As Gold

A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

If you haven’t read them yet, now is the time to add them to your list!


Wild at Heart

January 2, 2009

Wild At HeartWild at Heart by John Eldredge is a nonfiction book about “Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul.” But this description, found on the front cover, sounds like this is a book for a woman to try to figure out her man. Rather, it is the opposite. Wild at Heart is a book for both genders that exemplifies the reason why men act the way they do. Eldredge explains why little boys often get dressed up in superman outfits and decide they have to save the world. Or why, after men grow out of this stage, they still want a beautiful woman to protect or have an adventure to delve into. He discusses all this in terms of how God intended to have men act. The perfect man is a reflection of God. The incredible strength. The wildness. The bravery. The need to protect someone. These are all traits found in God. God created men this way to display his own perfectly wild heart. Yet, men falter when they fall away from these characteristics. When they decide they are not strong enough to keep a relationship going or when they give up their adventure for a spot on the couch. Being a girl, I thought I would find this book to be boring and all together dull. I asked myself why I would want to read a book about the secrets of men. But a friend of mine urged me to look past my judgemental thoughts and just start the book. I was completely and utterly enthralled. It explains why all the men I know act the way they do. Why my father was such a great dad or when he fell away and faltered. This book was incredible to read and every chapter I had endless epiphanies about God, men, and even myself.

CaptivatingI recommend anyone to read this book, but if it does not sound interesting, try the flipside of it: Captivating. It is by John Eldredge and his wife Stasi Eldredge, Captivating envelopes why women act the way they do and how they are also a reflection of God’s character.