Monday, May 14, 2012

Anna and the French Kiss

By Stephanie Perkins
4 / 5 Gnomes
YA PER

Anna was 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.  So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris-until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne 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?

~Amazon Description~

I've been in a reading mood lately.  I'll read furiously for several weeks, and then I'll do just about anything to avoid reading...anything...including yard work  The problem is that I'm a librarian and reading kind of comes with the job.  As I pick out new books at the library or sort through the titles I've purchased for my Nook, I can't help wanting to return to some of my favorites to enjoy them for a second, third, or fourth time.  So at the advice of a fellow Teen Librarian at work, I've decided to enjoy my favorites on audiobook.

I was pretty much head over heals when I first read Anna and the French Kiss, but now it's true love.  Kim Mai Guest did an amazing job bringing Anna to life.  She gave her personality and emotion that matched the character I had created during my first reading.  St. Clair's accent grated on me at first, but it quickly became a part of the story, and endeared me to him even more.  And I was re-introduced to Isla and have grown terribly impatient for the next book.  So my first experience with a second-helping via audiobook went really well.

But here's the problem...I listen to audiobooks in my car.  Cars have windows.  I react to stories.  It's even worse when I know what's coming.  I can only hope that no one I know drives past me as I'm laughing, crying, blushing, and screaming.  I am only slightly concerned that someone could possibly call the police to warn them about an emotional driver on the road.

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