Today's love list is not so much a list as it is a visual homage to the city of lights and to my favorite book of 2010, the luminous Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
I've waited until now to tell you about it because I didn't want you to have to endure the interminable anticipation I went through since I first heard the premise of this book a year or so ago. Happily, as of this month, ANNA is now in bookshops everywhere and I can urge you to go forth and treat yourself to a lovingly crafted, delectable tale of:
- boarding school
- a narrator you'll want to be best friends with
- hot chocolate (chocolat chaud)
- new and old friendships with characters who are all too human
- culture shock
- le cinema
- British accents
- sweet email correspondence
- exploring a new city
- a boy with a cute hat
- pajama sleepovers
- that heady, aching sensation of falling in love with someone we cannot have
- finding home
I actually don't want to tell you too much more; you should have the joy of turning each delicious page to discover for yourself the humourous exchanges and vivid descriptions and knee-weakeningly swoonful moments. A word of warning: if you are a stone-hearted robot who hates kissing, this is not the book for you. For the rest of us: oh my are you in for some spine-tingling loveliness.
Lastly, see pictures of Steph's book release party here, to which she wore a necklace by yours truly (OMG, so honored).
... um, so why are you still here? You need to go get the book and read it so you can come back and we can gush about it together. Enjoy!