Stephanie Perkins

REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the Ffrench Kiss ElenaSquareEyesAnna is spending the year at school in Paris. She didn’t ask for this – her father thought it would be good for her. Now Anna is leaving her mum, her little brother and her best friend behind in Atlanta, Georgia and she’s going to Paris, France. Anna has never been so alone but she soon finds new friends and new drama as Étienne St. Clair walks into her life. Could he be her new best friend or could he end up being more?

Anna and the French Kiss could be renamed “Miscommunication: A Novel.” There’s so many time when characters just don’t talk to each other! Whether it’s Anna and Étienne, Bridgette Anna’s best friend from home keeping secrets from her or Étienne not talking to his girlfriend Ellie – no one talks about how they’re feeling because it’s “just too hard” and they don’t want to upset people or cause drama. Well half the time because they didn’t communicate people end up getting hurt and confused anyway and if they’d just talked to each other there would have been a lot less heartache.

While miscommunication is what often drives romance novels, there can be too much of a good thing. It often made the characters seem stupid because they weren’t picking up on social cues but at the same time it’s kind of believable because these are teenagers in love who are scared to put their feelings out there. That doesn’t make it any less frustrating though. (more…)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Books On My Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week is all about our Autumn TBR’s so here are the books I want to read before the end of the year. I have a few challenges to complete by the end of the year so some of these books will go towards them and I also want to read more books by women as I wanted to my reading to be a 50/50 split between male and female authors but at the moment I’ve read more books from male authors.

Anna and the Ffrench Kiss ElenaSquareEyesAnna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
This would fill the “contemporary romance” section of the Eclectic Reader challenge. I’m not a big fan of contemporary romance but I’ve heard nothing but good things about Anna and the French Kiss and I always like reading a fun, quick read in between more dense stuff.

Winter – Marissa MeyerWinter EleanSquareEyes
I’ve started The Lunar Chronicles series by taking part in the #TLCReadAlong and now I’m really looking forward to seeing how the series comes to an end. I still have Cress and Fairest to read but the excitement around Winter is definitely getting to me.

The Husbands Secret ElenaSquareEyesThe Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
This would fill the “a familial relation” section of the What’s in a Name challenge. My mum actually bought this book for herself but it sounds intriguing and is a family drama which could turn into a bit of a thriller. (more…)