ANNA’s in Booklist!

November 22nd, 2010 • Kate

thumb_AnnaFrenchKissAnother round of praise for Stephanie Perkins and her debut novel Anna and the French Kiss, as Booklist chimes in with their review:

Anna is not happy about spending senior year at a Paris boarding school, away from her Atlanta home, best friend Bridgette, and crush Toph. Adapting isn’t easy, but soon she finds friends and starts enjoying French life, especially its many cinemas; she is an aspiring film critic. Complications arise, though, when she develops feelings for cute—and taken—classmate Etienne, even though she remains interested in Toph. Her return home for the holidays brings both surprises, betrayals, unexpected support, and a new perspective on what matters in life—and love. Featuring vivid descriptions of Parisian culture and places, and a cast of diverse, multifaceted characters, including adults, this lively title incorporates plenty of issues that will resonate with teens, from mean girls to the quest for confidence and the complexities of relationships in all their forms. Despite its length and predictable crossed-signal plot twists, Perkins’ debut, narrated in Anna’s likable, introspective voice, is an absorbing and enjoyable read that highlights how home can refer to someone, not just somewhere.

I love their mention of the holidays, which is one of the reasons I’m so glad this book is coming out next month — it feels like a Christmas present! There’s also a great scene set on Thanksgiving, which brings us to today’s question. What are your Turkey Day plans? And just as important, what are your post-Turkey Day plans?

I always strive to do my best to avoid anything resembling a store on Black Friday, so I’m going to be knuckling down with my Kindle. You?

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4 Responses to “ANNA’s in Booklist!”

  1. Trish Says:

    We decided we weren't going to do a formal Thanksgiving–and accepted an invitation to go to our friends' house for food, adult beverages, and horseshoes. Then my son whined that he wants a real Thanksgiving with his grandparents (my mom will be here and my father-in-law & his wife winter here) so we're doing the formal thing after all, on Sunday. I took off work Friday so I don't have to deal with Black Friday (and I'm not venturing out that day, either). Oh, and The Big Game (OSU vs. Michigan) is Saturday. Go Bucks!

  2. Julia Karr Says:

    Awesome review! YAY!

    Doing the Turkey Trot (actual hike after dinner) at a friend's house in the country on Thursday. And all I have to do is bake a pie! YAY!

    Taking off Weds & Fri & will be writing – furiously! (and hopefully "well")

  3. Anne B. Says:

    We do the big dinner with both families at our house. This year I'm cooking for 21, which isn't too bad. Some years it's been 30 or so, like the first Thanksgiving after my dad passed away and I thought with the house so full I wouldn't notice his absence. But all everyone could talk about was my dad and the way he'd touched their lives. Sure that made me miss him more, yet I also felt him there with us that day.

    As for the day after? We usually cut down our Christmas tree. This year my daughter is flying back to college on Friday, so an adjustment will be necessary, though I'm still trying to convince my family we can do it if they'll all get up early. My daughter goes to Ohio State and HAS to be at the Big Game on Saturday. So I'm with Trish. Go Bucks!

  4. Shannon Says:

    I will be having Turkey day at my house – 12 people. I had to brave a grocery store yesterday for last minute items. I am happy to say that I made it out alive and I only got cut off a half dozen times.

    I have never shopped on Black Friday and I don't intend to start now. There are plenty of sales leading up to Christmas and I only have a few things left to buy for my kids.

    We seen the Harry Potter movie, so I think my daughter and I will be going to see Tangled. Girls' Day!