Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins & INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!!

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Pages: 372
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
            I have finally read it! The contemporary that everyone has been talking about for the past 4 years! Anna and the French Kiss and I am sure glad I did. As most people know I am not a huge contemporary fan, I stick to my fantasy and paranormal books and tend to steer away from the traditional lovey-dovey romance. I have recently been in a reading slump since February of this year and this book got me out of it. With it's fast pace, it was a quick read to get me into the start of my summer. Stephanie Perkins has created beautiful characters that melt my heart and truly just make me happy!
            Anna and the French Kiss follows a young girl named Michelle...just kidding could you imagine! It would be like Zelda and Link all over again. No her name is Anna and her asshole father has forced her to leave everything behind at home in Atlanta and face her senior year in France. On the way back from introducing herself to her new dorm neighbor Meredith, Anna run into Étienne St. Clair, (or just St. Clair as everyone else calls him) a charming and extremely handsome young boy with a British accent and luscious hair. Anna and St. Clair seem to hit it off great, they become quick friends and spend time together. The is only one small problem...the fact that he has a girlfriend. The tension created between the two of them adds so much depth to the storyline. The attraction between the two of them is there, but St. Clair is the forbidden fruit. Anna wants what she knows she cannot have. But it is what keeps the pace of the book, the longing the two have for each other that they keep denying. The slow progression between these two is aching but rewarding when we finally get a taste.
            St Clair is something exceptional as well. Though most people find him extremely irritating for his glaring and obvious flaws,–stringing Anna along for the entire book and not dumping his girlfriend– St. Clair is a fantastic friend. He is always there for Anna and the others and treats them well. He is short and funny and just adorable. Although at first Anna thinks St. Clair is this perfect ethereal being she realizes he has his flaws like the rest of us.
            Perkins additionally does a brilliant job of making Paris come to life with such incredible detail. From the cafes to the cinemas, everything felt Parisian so much so that I could smell the  crêpes from just opening my book. There was so much structure and plan thought out to every scene it honestly blew my mind.
            I do not read contemporaries often, but I am so glad I read this. Yes this may give some an unrealistic thought about love and romance, but sometimes we need to fantasize. I needed a chick-lit to get me in the mood to read again and I might just pick up another.
            Anna and the French Kiss has moved to my favorites shelf and will stay there till the end of time. It gives me such a warm feeling in my heart and I know I will come back to it over and over again! 5 out of 5 stars!!



AND FINALLY THE GIVEAWAY!

Since I love this book so much I want to share the love with all of you!!! I have 3 box sets of all three books in the Anna and the French Kiss Set! So that is: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door AND Isla and the Happily Ever After! You could win all three books! All you have to do is follow the steps listed below! Good Luck!
Lee Chand

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  • Comment below and tell me your favorite quote from a book you've read.

Winners will be picked and announced on June 30th! Stay tuned and good luck!!

Face Claim for St. Clair:
Douglas Booth





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50 comments

  1. "I can survive well enough on my own-if given the proper reading material" -Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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  2. "I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
    In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters” - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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  3. THANKS SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS LEE!!! YOU HONESTLY ROCK "And there's nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk." -Shadow and Bone

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    1. no problem hon anytime!!! I honestly need to Shadow and Bone! It sounds amazing

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  4. “So there's magic? Real magic? It's not just all scientific like David says?"
    Tamani rolled his eyes. "David again?"
    Laurel bristled. "He's my friend. My best friend."
    "Not your boyfriend?"
    "No. I mean...no."
    Tamani stared at her for several seconds. "So the position's still open?"
    Laurel rolled her eyes. "We are so not having this conversation.”
    ― Aprilynne Pike, Wings

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  5. “Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
    - L.M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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  6. "You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand. You're a wallflower."
    - Perks of being a Wallfower by Stephen Chbosky

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    1. Perks is honestly one of my favorite books!! love this quote

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  7. I’m scared I’m going to spend the rest of my life in a state of yearning, regardless of where I am.”
    ― Melina Marchetta, The Piper's Son

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  9. Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.
    -Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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    1. cassandra clare always wins over my heart <33

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  10. “So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” -Looking for Alaska

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    1. favorite book ever!! I love my looking for alaska

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  11. DOUGLAS BOOTH IS MY LIFE!!! LOL is such a good movieee!!! "When the day shall come that we do part," he said softly, and turned to look at me, "if my last words are not 'I love you'-ye'll ken it was because I didna have time."- Outlander

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    1. THAT IS WHY I LOVE DOUGLAS BOOTH! He was also on Table Talk on one of my favorite youtube shows SourceFed! He gives me life!

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  12. I love you and I will love you until I die. And if there is a life after that, I will love you then.~ City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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  13. “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”
    ― The Book Thief

    I really recommend the book thief by markus zusak if you have not read it! 😊

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    1. I read The Book Thief two years ago for summer reading and I loved it. I remember this quote so well and where I was when I read it

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  14. FAVOURITE QUOTE: “That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on colour instead of taste.” – John Green, Paper Towns.

    Thanks so much! ^-^

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  15. ^Also, there wasn't an option to post a comment from a hotmail account, but my email is by the account: nandini_goel@hotmail.com <3 thanks!

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  16. These are a few of my favourite quotes! :-

    “That's how life feels to me. Everyone is doing it; everyone knows how. To live and be who they are and find a place, find a moment. I'm still waiting.” - How to save a life, Sara Zarr

    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling

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    1. I love that Harry Potter quote!!! I used it when making my yearbook

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  17. “I have this strange feeling that I'm not myself anymore. It's hard to put into words, but I guess it's like I was fast asleep, and someone came, disassembled me, and hurriedly put me back together again. That sort of feeling.” - Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami

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  18. "I have loved words and I have hated them, and I hope I have made them right." - The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

    Hi Lee! I am a new reader of your blog! And OMG. I'm glad I found it :) I love your reviews and insights

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  19. Hi! *waves* I'm a newbie too. I found your blog through GoodReads and can I just say I'm super glad. Not only for this amazing, awesome giveaway but because I love finding new blogs about books. Thank you so much. I have to go with a quote from the beloved Anna & the French Kiss.

    “I'm saying I'm in love with you! I've been in love with you this whole bleeding year!”

    I mean who doesn't want to hear that? I know I would. Thanks again Lee!

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  20. “I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past. Never doubt that." -Lt. Markov

    From: Claudia Gray's A Thousand Pieces of You! :)

    A newbie reader of your blog but really glad to encounter it!! thanks for the humble and generous giveaway! especially for it being internationally opened is so nice! :)

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  21. “We’d always been together. Her and me, from birth, we were always together.”
    ― Tillie Cole, Raze

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  22. “The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle of a sentence.”
    ― John Green, Paper Towns

    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling

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  23. “You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.”
    ― Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie

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  24. "Khalid held the burning letter before him. Then he released its embers into the wind. Into glorious dawn." - Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

    or

    "The future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything" - Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

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  25. Matilda is my favorite. This quote completely explains my love for reading.
    “All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.”
    ― Roald Dahl, Matilda

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  26. “We read to know we're not alone.”
    ― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

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  27. "A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep it's edge."
    - George R R Martin, A Game of Thrones

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  28. "It was books that made me feel that perhaps i was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them."
    -Will Herondale (Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

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  29. “We are all if nothing but from Dust and Shadows"— Will Harondale (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

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  30. "Angry people are not always wise." - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Thank you for the giveaway, Lee!

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  31. 'You're a Wizard Harry.'
    - Rubeus Hagrid, JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    This quote marks the beginning of my reading life. Before Harry Potter I hated reading. But my first memory of reading Harry Potter is my mum reading it to me and doing the best Hagrid impression when she said these words...

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  32. 1) “A small fact: You are going to die.... Does this worry you?"— The Book Thief

    2)“ I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."— The Book Thief

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  33. "Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons." -Throne of Glass

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  34. My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name is Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I´d still beat you, no matter what you call me.- Throne of glass, Sarah J. Maas


    I had to type this quote in five times because my laptop kept crashing :/ But thanks so much for this oppertunity. I live in Iceland and you can´t get these books anywhere...

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  35. Hi Lee! This is my first time on your blog and I'm so glad I found it. I hadn't think about Douglas Booth as Etienne, but hey I find my self agree with you. He would be perfect of course! Btw love your review! Thanks for the opportunity.

    “When someone's been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit.”
    ― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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  36. From my FAVORITE BOOK! ♥ “Ask yourself these three questions, Tatiana Metanova, and you will know who you are. Ask: What do believe in? What do you hope for? What do you love?”
    ― Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman

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  37. “You love me. Real or not real?"
    I tell him, "Real.”
    ― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

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  38. “Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up”
    ― Veronica Roth, Divergent

    i love that one

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  39. One of my favorite books are the harry potter books. I loved the books as it showed Harry being sassy.
    “Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
    "Yes," said Harry stiffly.
    "Yes, sir."
    "There's no need to call me "sir" Professor."
    The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.”
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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  40. "If we'd never met, I think I would have known my life wasn't complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn't know who I was looking for."

    -The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

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  41. “Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we're only what we've done and what we are going to do.”

    ― Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily :)

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  42. I liked your review of the book. I'm also not much for contemporary but it sounds pretty good.

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  43. Thanks for the review. My local library has a copy and I've put a request in for it. Looking forward to reading it this weekend.

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