Hannah @ So Obsessed With and Kelly @ Belle of the Literati are hosting a new, fun challenge for bloggers in 2015: The Re-Read Challenge! Not much of a “challenge,” per se, because why wouldn’t you want to re-read and re-experience some of your favorites? Sign up and start re-reading!
Book #3 of 2015:
Anna and the French Kiss
WHEN I First Read
July 2014! I started it on the plane to Denver, where I was going to spend a girls’ weekend with my surrogate sisters. I blazed through about half of it on the flight, and then stayed up late into the night/early morning finishing the rest.
WHAT I Remember
What sticks out to me the most in my memory of reading this book was the fluttery, giggly feelings I had while reading it. I loved that first love confusion, the study abroad experience, that Étienne wasn’t your standard, hulking male lead (come on, he’s three inches shorter than Anna! Most girls stop interest if a guy’s shorter!), and that there’s a scene when he calls Anna out on her need for cleanliness.
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
As you can see from my updates, I rediscovered a lot about this book. Nearly every chapter had a comment on Anna’s part regarding the cleanliness of a place — the water in a park pool, the way objects rest on shelves, the sheets in another’s room — and it was stated early on that her ex Matt disliked her Atlanta crush Toph. I paid more attention to what was going on with Étienne this time around. While I dislike the fact he took so long to end things with Ellie (and essentially cheated on her constantly with Anna, even if it wasn’t physical), I completely understood where he was coming from. His life really was in turmoil, and he tried so hard to keep things the same, yet wanted so badly to change things for the better. I’m still giggly and fluttery, although I think I’d rate this book 4.5 instead of 5 (Isla is my favorite!) in hindsight.
WOULD I Re-Read Again
Oh yes, though I don’t think I would go to this two summers in a row. Maybe next summer I’ll read Lola!
What books have you re-read recently?