Reviewers Love Us!

October 26th, 2010 • Kate

thumb_AnnaFrenchKissYou may have already seen this on Stephanie Perkins’ blog or on Twitter, but I’m thrilled to share the followed STARRED review of Anna and the French Kiss from Kirkus Reviews:

Since her father’s Nicholas Sparks–like novels have been turned into blockbuster movies and he now has the means (and status) to give her culture, Anna Oliphant finds herself uprooted from her Atlanta home to become the newest senior at the School of America in Paris. Her seemingly enviable situation is offset by her inability to speak French, her fear of venturing off school property and a possible romantic interest back home. But then the young film critic meets gorgeous, heart-stopping classmate Étienne St. Clair, who has a sexy British accent and offers to show her around Paris—and who also has a serious girlfriend at a local university. Perkins’s debut surpasses the usual chick-lit fare with smart dialogue, fresh characters and plenty of tingly interactions, all set amid pastries, parks and walks along the Seine in arguably the most romantic city in the world. Sarah Dessen fans will welcome another author who gracefully combines love and realism, as Anna’s story is as much about finding and accepting herself as it is about finding love. Très charmante.

But that’s not all! Booklist (subscription required) is also featuring a very nice review of Sara Beitia‘s debut novel The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon, saying, in part:

This debut novel boasts a strong narrative drive, deft scene setting, and isn’t bad at delivering catch-your-breath suspense, either. Beitia’s mystery starts, in classic fashion, with a lady vanishing: Lily smuggles her boyfriend, Albert, into her room and spends the night with him, but when he wakes up, he finds Lily gone, with only her cell phone and bag left behind. Albert quickly becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance and teams up with Lily’s acerbic sister to find his missing girlfriend. The story careens among three different plots and time lines: Lily’s disappearance, the search for Lily, and what happens just before the surprising climax. This splintered approach is a good mirror for Albert’s obsessive, longing-filled ruminations about Lily, as well as for Lily’s own mind, which had been disrupted by a mysterious accident months before.

Hooray for Stephanie and Sara!

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5 Responses to “Reviewers Love Us!”

  1. Krista V. Says:

    Can't wait for both of these. In fact, when my husband asked what he could get me for Christmas this year, I said, "ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins!" I told him I'd be willing to wait a few weeks to read it so he could get me a book I haven't actually read yet. (I usually only buy books I've already read and loved, but I figure ANNA will fall into that category, so I'm willing to take the risk:) )

  2. Kerry Says:

    Just pre-ordered "Anna and the French Kissed". My hubby and I met in Paris (3x in one day, all coincidental: Versaille, Musee D'Orsey, and a random train station across town), so once I read the review above, I realized this is a "gotta have it" book for my "french" collection. Looking forward… Kerry

  3. Tom M Franklin Says:

    can i just point out that the message of this book cover is the boy doesn't matter. we see the girl but the boy is so unnecessary only his shoulder, arm and hand are necessary.

    the Eiffel Tower is given more importance (symbolic or otherwise) than he is.

    and people wonder why boys move from MG books to adult scifi…

    — Tom

  4. Kate Says:

    Tom – You have a valid opinion, certainly. I can tell you that we discussed showing more of the boy on the cover of the book, but wanted to leave more of him to the reader's imagination — so that the image in the reader's head isn't influenced as much by the picture on the cover. Given the number of YA books that don't feature boys AT ALL on the cover, I think this one goes pretty far inn the opposite direction to imply that this one, does, in fact, matter quite a bit.

  5. Julia Karr Says:

    Fabulous reviews! YAY, Sara & Stephanie!