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stephanie perkins day!

January 20th, 2011

We interrupt the regularly scheduled program to bring you

The Stephanie Channel

If you follow this blog or me on Twitter or Facebook, you might know that I was a wee bit OBSESSED with a new book called ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. It came out about six weeks ago, and from what I can tell, scores of you have become obsessed, too. It really is the Perfect Romance. Main characters with chemistry that leaps off the page. A pacing that just makes you abandon everything else you have to do to finish that book. A great supporting cast of characters. But what really nailed it for me was that, unlike so many novels where the lovers are in love by page 12, Anna and Étienne’s desire is so rooted in friendship and that friendship slowly builds until it erupts into a hot lava of love. Except without fleeing villagers and mass destruction.

Anyhow, I could go on and on—in fact, I have done.

I loved the book so much, I wound up fangirling  Stephanie and we wound up becoming email buddies and then friends—she may be the nicest person in YA, which is saying something because YA is strewn with nice people; if you read her blog you certainly can get a sense of her non fakey-fake and non barfy-barf sweetness. Point of it all is, I have now managed to rope her into doing this here interview (my first time interviewing someone else on my blog—good God, am I such a navel-gazer?). And if that’s not exciting enough, there’s a giveaway. Not just one. But two.

Oh, and one of the giveways, it involves chocolate.  The non fakey-fake, non barfy barfy kind. The Fancy Fine French Jacques Torres Kind (Okay, Jaques Torres chocolate is, admittedly, made in NYC, but it’s artisanal and made by a Frenchman so same diff).

In order to win the chocolates, it will have helped to have READ THE BOOK because you’ll have to know stuff and answer some questions. (I know, I know but do I EVER make it easy?) But because that’s not fair to the rest of  you and because part of the reason to host Stephanie is to get you to read this AMAZING book, I’m doing a second giveaway, a signed copy of ANNA, and to win that you have to do nothing except write a comment in the comment box. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy, as my brother would say.

Anyhow, I’ll get to the rules in a bit. But first, THE STEPHANIE PERKINS INTERVIEW. Or, EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ÉTIENNE…WARNING: My questions, Steph’s answers and the quiz questions contain mild spoilers.

What kind of “preparation/research” do you do for kissing scenes?

I make out with my husband for eleventy-billion hours straight.  Or maybe I just watch a lot of BBC period romances.

Do you find it odd that you curse like an Englishman quite so well? Do you walk around Asheville muttering “bollocks, oh fer fucks sake” etc. in Cockney esque accent?

Ha!  Thank you.  Yes, I actually do say those things!  (Though not with an accent.)  I have a voraciously foul mouth and to combat it when I’m in public, I often substitute English expressions.  My favorite is “bollocks” followed by “bugger” with a mighty helping of “Oh, bloody hell.”

Anna and Étienne have a very grown-up type emotional bond. Do you think it’s unrealistic to portray teenagers have such a mature relationship? (Ahem, feel free to answer with personal anecdote).

Definitely not.  And here’s the obligatory personal anecdote: I was Anna’s age when I met my husband.  We had a very natural, very easy, but very serious courtship.  I was married as a teenager.  Our ten-year anniversary is this year.  I realize that our relationship is unusual—and I definitely don’t believe that most high school loves are True Loves—but, yes, absolutely it can happen.

Responsible, mature teens often have responsible, mature relationships.  And whether the relationship lasts or not, those emotions, those bonds are as powerful and real as anything forged between adults.

You mention crepes a lot in the book. And macarons. Can you describe a macaron for an American audience? Also, what do you have against crème brulée!? Why did you not mention it at all in ANNA? Is there something WRONG with you? It might just be the one flaw in the book.

My favorite local eatery is a French restaurant called Bouchon, and my favorite dish is Chef Michel’s quadruple mini-crème brulées—it changes with the season, but it’ll be a sampler of something like: lavender, rosemary, chocolate orange, and espresso.  So definitely no hard feelings against the glorious crème brulée!

(Perhaps it deserves a starring role in my third novel?)

[Editor’s note: YES!!!!!]

But . . . macarons.  Macarons are special.  In America, we think of those bleh coconut thingies, but in France, they’re these GORGEOUS sandwiches cookies made with eggshell-fragile crusts and melt-in-your-mouth fillings.  They have these beautiful, bright colors, and they’re so cheerful to look at!  And the flavors: Blackcurrant!  Rose!  Passion fruit!  My favorite is fleur d’oranger, orange flower.  It tastes like the sun.

What do you have against daylight?

Daylight blows.  Suck it, daylight!

[Editor’s night. Stephanie writes on a vampire’s schedule. Up all night. Asleep all day. It’s all very cool and romantic. Unless you want to communicate in real time.]

What was your favorite scene to write in ANNA?

Anna and Étienne’s first kiss.  I try to live each scene as I write it, so their make out in the grass was revised many, many, many times.  Many times.

Which scene kicked your ass?

The scene in which I had to describe the cancer treatments that Étienne’s mother would receive.  The research was so sad, so terrible.  The simple reason that macarons showed up in my novel was because I couldn’t write about cancer without giving myself a distraction.  Thus, the conversation about his mother is set in a pâtisserie.

San Francisco vs. Paris: The victor?

Oh, man!  Such an evil question.  I love them both and for very different reasons.  I suppose, under a gun, I’d pick San Francisco.  My husband courted me there, so it’ll always be romantic to me.

How tall is Étienne exactly? Why did you choose to make him short?

Now it’s my turn to be evil.  You’ll learn his height in A FUTURE BOOK!!!  (Unless the sentence gets cut, which it might, and in that case, I’ll come back and tell you.)  I made him short, because . . . I just knew that he was.  It was never a question.

And I love the idea of a hero who isn’t embarrassed or held back by his short stature.  Someone who still has an incredible amount of confidence and charisma, someone who is loved by people who don’t judge him for it either.  Height is a silly thing to get judgmental about.  It’s not like anyone can help it.

Are you already getting annoyed/protective that people want to talk about Étienne more than Anna, apparently this interviewer included?

Oh, goodness, no.  I’d rather talk about him, too.

Set the record straight so you can shock your readers: Did you or did you not…go to an American boarding school in Paris?

No.

Live in Paris for much of your life?

No.

Study abroad as an exchange student?

No.

Live in England?

God, I wish.

Live with an Englishperson?

See above.

If not, explain then, how you managed to WRITE THAT BOOK.

One word: research.

More words: The English part was easy, because I’m a longtime Anglophile.  A lot can be absorbed by regular viewings of British programming.

The French part was challenging.  I didn’t have the money to travel, so for several years, I read every book about France that I could get my hands on, listened to French music, watched French films, ate French food, took a French language class, etc.  I’ve since spent a month in Paris, but it was after ANNA was already in edits.  I was so relieved to discover that my extensive research had paid off.  Paris was everything I’d expected and hoped it to be.  In other words, hurrah for research!  And hurrah for Paris!

*   *   *

Thank you, Stephanie!!!

Okay, contests: First off, both contests run through Friday, January 28th.

UPDATE: CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AND ANNOUNCED HERE. Thanks for playing, all!

Now, if you have not read ANNA and want to—and how could you not?—you can of course, buy the book. Or you can try to win a signed copy. To do that simply comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win. Got it? To win a signed copy of ANNA all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you’re done. Okay, thanks for playing, bye. Now stop reading because there are big spoilers coming. Seriously, go write your name in the comment box and do something good for the world. Stop Reading Now.

I mean it. STOP READING. It’s for your own good.

REALLY. Curiosity killed the cat. And ruined the reading experience. Now, BYE!

Okay, I thought they’d never leave. It’s just us now, ANNA lovers and chocophiles. Your task is a little more complicated. And way more fun! Herewith is a quiz to test your arcane ANNA knowledge.  Complete it. Then email the answers to me (because posting your answers would be like waving your Scantron around for all the world to see). If you get the answers right (or most of them) you’ll be entered into a random drawing for the chocolate. If you win, you can even tell me your preference for dark or milk chocolate (or have a mix). Email your anwers to info at gayle forman dot com.

The quiz is open book, btw.

Okay, ready for the ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS QUIZ? Pencils up. Good luck. Or, as they might say at SOAP, Bon Chance.

1. Describe Étienne’s flaw

2. What is the name of Bridget and Toph’s band?

3. What is the thing Étienne wears that his mom made for him?

4.  Where do Anna and Étienne first kiss?

5. What does Anna’s mom send for her birthday?

6. What is the first movie Anna goes to see in Paris?

7. Who is Anna’s car named after?

8What sport does Meredith play?

9. What does the acronym SOAP, Anna’s school in Paris, stand for?

Bonus Question: What real-life romance novelist does Anna’s father resemble?

Don’t forget. Email the answers to info at gayleforman dot com. Don’t post them in the comments.

As they say in Paris, Au Revoir!

  1. Oh, I would LOVE to read this book! It’s on my TBR list and I’ve so many great things about it!

  2. Hi Gayle,
    Loved reading the interview with Stephanie Perkins! Her book is high on my want-to-read-list, so I am entering your contest now!

    Marjolein
    (and many greetz from Holland!)

  3. Ahhh! I couldn’t read the interview because I don’t want to be spoiled. This book has been on my “to read” list for a while now.

  4. I would LOVE a signed copy of this book! It’s on my “to read” list and I’m going into grad school for middle school library media – I love to have books both the kids and I love.

  5. LOVE this interview and Stephanie! I could totally see you two getting along since you’re two of the sweetest and most amazing writers I know! Off to take the quiz:-) Thanks for such a cool contest, Gayle! :D

  6. Oh that was so hard to stop reading…since I haven’t read the book. I’ve heard so so so many wonderful things about this book and even if I don’t win…I’m buying it! I love a good romance! Also, how wonderful is it that she lives in NC just like me! Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!!

    Loni

  7. Grawr! I would love to do the quiz contest, but I left my book back in the States! Sigh. Still – I would love to be entered to win a signed copy. This book is fantastic!

  8. A friend of mine read it and she looooved it!!!then I read all these amazing reviews about it and I knew I had to get it!!!!pleaseeeeeeee count me in for the giveaway!!!!!!Thank you for the interview also!!!
    Olga
    Kisses from Greece

  9. OMG I wanted to read this book so badly. great interview, she is so nice and friendly. I’ve read that is a great book.
    Fingers crossed I win.

    Ana Lucía Arroyave

  10. I really liked ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and would love a signed copy! I’m also really looking forward to the companion books coming out.

  11. oh … i dying to read this book now !

  12. Thanks for the contest Gayle! I hear this book is AMAZING can’t wait to read it!

  13. OH MY GOSH. YES. I cannot say how long I’ve been waiting to read this book.

    I would have already read it, but, a) my library sucks and doesn’t bother to buy new YA books, unless the author is Suzanne Collins, and then those books have like, a two year hold list, and b) I’m broke.

    Sooooo, I’d be hugely happy if I won.

    The end.

  14. Oh I would love love LOVE to read this one! (…and yes, I stopped reading as instructed…well, okay okay, only after the third warning, but I did…PROMISE. ^_^)

  15. Thank you both Stephanie and Gayle.
    Enter me in the giveaway please. :)

    I’m not sure if I can wait to read it, but hey maybe if I do then I can come back and do the other quiz, ya know the one we were told to ‘split’ from! ;)

    Thanks a bunch!
    Amy aka Lady Reader
    http://ladysbookstuff.blogspot.com
    amydelrosso at gmail dot com

  16. I want to read this book sooooo much!!!! The John Green recommendation cinched it for me.

  17. Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to read this book. John Green said it was amazing, so I believe him!!

  18. I am so not going to win this but I really would love a signed copy of this book. I have read Stephanie Perkin’s blog and it is amazing. I wish I could express myself so fluidly.

  19. hahaha. Thanks for the warning to stop reading! Definitely want this book, and a signed copy would be great!!

  20. Oh I have heard some great things about this book. I cannot wait! I would love one. I promise to share ;)

  21. The net has been raving about this read, and I am excited to be able to read it one of these days. I would love a copy!

  22. What a lovely interview! Please don’t enter me in this give away I will be emailing once I get the answer to number 2. I am very upset at myself for not remembering all of them with out the book. It is almost there I can hear Anna at the club in Paris when she says their name. Grrrr.

  23. Just a reminder to those doing the quiz: You don’t have to get ALL the answers right to be entered. Just a sporting try. I know it’s hard.

  24. I can’t even remember the name of Bridget and Toph’s band!

  25. I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since you first mentioned it! I’ve been patiently waiting for my library to get it (since I’m currently on a book buying diet).

  26. I have heard such great things about this book. I am on the waiting list at my local library for it, but it would be great to win my own copy. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  27. Desperately want to read that book, but it isn’t released in UK until August. :'(

  28. I have not read this yet so I didn’t get to read the interview because I didn’t want to be spoiled in any way. . . BUT I WANT TO READ IT SO BAD!!

    Thanks for that shot.

  29. Sequel! Yaaay! I found out about this book at a Gred and Forge concert this past summer, thought it looked pretty good, read it when it came out. I don’t think I’ve loved a YA romance book that much since my first reading of The Princess Diaries in middle school. I’m excited to read more of Stephanie’s work.

  30. I would love to have a signed copy of ANNA! I read it straight through and couldn’t stop thinking about it for a week. AMAZING BOOK!

  31. I’d really love to read the book. So far, have only been hearing good things about it.

  32. LOVE THIS BOOK, and love this interview. Just shows me again why Stephanie and I should be friends, and in a total non-creepy, non-stalker way…

    Wow, this went downhill fast.
    I’d love a signed copy of this book :)

  33. I cannot wait to read this book! And I love reading about mature relationships between teens, especially one that starts out as friendship. Mymy husband and I were the same way (although we started dating at 18, so we were near the end, but still). And we’re still best friends :)

  34. Fabulous interview! I love Stephanie and I love Anna and the French Kiss. Thanks for posting this! :)

  35. What a fun interview, thank you! ANNA had to be (along with Clockwork Angel) my favorite book of 2010. Stephanie is the best.

  36. Adorable interview! I heart Stephanie. And this answer:

    “And I love the idea of a hero who isn’t embarrassed or held back by his short stature. Someone who still has an incredible amount of confidence and charisma, someone who is loved by people who don’t judge him for it either. Height is a silly thing to get judgmental about. It’s not like anyone can help it.”

  37. I stopped reading b/c of the spoiler warning but you KNOW i’m gonna read this book after you’ve been handselling the crap out of it ever since you read it. i will observe that stephanie is FREAKING ADORABLE. find out where she got that dress, will you?

  38. I liked that interview. It had a very comforting feel to it whereas other interviews often seem stoic and “staged”.
    Oh, well… I heard a LOT of good stuff about this book, so I’ll give it a try^^

    P.S. Me –> girly squeal over men with english accent :D

  39. I love Stephanie!!!! And Anna. I feel like she is the epitome of an intelligent, high school girl. I love this book as a college student. Ack!!!!

  40. oh please please please pick me!
    I love Paris and my absolute dream is to study in France.
    I’M ACTUALLY BEGGING YOU!!
    This book must be so good. They didn’t have it on Amazon.com the last time I checked..
    *bright smile*

  41. I bought this on Kindle but would LOVE to have a signed hard copy! I’ll be rereading this for years to come!

  42. This book is on the top of my stack from the library! Can’t wait to get home from work and start it.

  43. Love, love, love this book! Since I do already own it, if I win, I will donate a copy to my library who does not have it yet.

  44. I have it and lurrrve it but I would LOVE a signed copy!!!!!! So, so much!

  45. Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  46. I read Anna and the French Kiss two days before leaving for a semester abroad in Switzerland. Oh boy, was it the perfect book to read before going away from home for so long. The idea of finding love abroad is so, and it seems obvious to say this, romantic. I can relate to Anna in so many ways, even after being here for only a week – the stigma of being American, being afraid to order food in a different language (in my case, Italian), being afraid to do anything in a different language… I can only hope that my experience ends as well as Anna’s.

    Stephanie, this is one of my favorite books and I cannot wait for your next book!

    DFTBA

  47. I would love to win a signed copy of this book!!!

    & for the record: that quiz looks really really difficult. And I’ve read it already.

  48. Great interview, it’s good to know I’m not the only one with a voraciously foul mouth.

  49. I read it on my e-reader, but I would love a signed copy!

  50. This book has been on my radar for a bit but I haven’t made my way to it yet. Hopefully I will win a copy! That would be pretty sweet! Thanks! *fingers crossed*

  51. I’d love to win a copy! What a fun interview.

  52. cant wait to read this book.its on hold at the library but the wait is to long may just have to go buy it!!

  53. Wonderful interview! I love Stephanie and her blog is great.

    I would love to win a signed copy of Anna and the French Kiss!

  54. I really liked this interview! And thanks for asking about the cursing ;)

  55. I pretty much HAVE to read anything nerdfighter related, and if JOHN GREEN, the king of awesome, is obsessed with this book, than I literally have no choice but to read it.

    Why does the nearest bookstore have to be an hour away? Why? Oh, the injustices of the world…

    Congrats, Stephanie!
    (BTW, il sera parfait si je peux gagner cet tres bon livre!)

  56. Great giveaway! I’ve got my fingers crossed. =)

  57. OhMyGosh!! I’ve been waiting for someone to actually give away ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS book!! I heard GREAT stuff about it (not spoilers…but great stuff)…I hope I get the book!! It’s going to be in my books-to-read list…
    Thanks for giving us a chance to win ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS!! :)

  58. I LOVED this book and would adore a signed copy!!!

  59. At first, I thought the title of the book was kind of weird, so I didn’t really want to read it. But now that I’ve read and heard such positive reviews, I can’t wait to actually read the book. I hate that the wait list at the library is so long…
    France really interests me too–I’ve been taking French for 5 years in school! Alors, je veux gagner une copie de cette livre pour le lire.

  60. What a fantastic interview! I would love to be entered to win a copy of Anna & the French Kiss!!! :)

  61. All you people who have read and loved the book, don’t be so chicken: ENTER the chocolate contest. You don’t have to get all the answers right. TAKE A RISK!!! Anna would!

  62. I loved this book!!! Awesome giveaway!!

  63. I read this book last week and loved it! Now I am having a hard time finding something new to read because I keep comparing everything to ANNA.

    I would love to win a signed copy.

  64. I’ve already purchased multiple copies of the book – I HAD to pass a few around to friends – but having a signed copy would be the BEST.

    Thanks for the fun interview and opportunity!

  65. So I just have to put my name in to enter right? Well, I might as well. Annie. There did it. I really want to win a signed copy of this book. I’m running out of money and my local bookstore doesn’t have this title. Plus I only go there like once a month with like 30 dollers burning a hole in my pocket. So book contests= the best thing in the world. Plus, I could always work on my french even though I don’t speak it. Growing up in a spanish bilingual program doesn’t leave much room to learn another language.

  66. two amazing authors in one post! *squeals with glee*

  67. I don’t even want to win a copy — I just wanted to let you know that this book has been on my reading list for a LONG time, but this post has sent me over the edge and has catapulted it to the top.

    And seriously – John Green loves it, too?. I can’t believe I waited so long,

    Thanks!!

  68. Hello!

    Gayle, first off, I have been loyally reading your blog for over a year now & I look forward to each & every entry! They make my day! Really! Just thought you should know ;)

    Also, every book that you suggest to us (aside from your own fabulous work, of course) has been fabulous! My favorite so far is “The Sky is Everywhere”. When I first heard about “Anna…”, I picked it up in Barnes & Noble & read through the first few pages. I’m already hooked! I work in an independent bookstore in Grand Central Terminal & I have ordered the book to be on shelves ASAP! My copy is waiting for me =)

    Thanks for a lovely interview! Congrats on it being the first but I vote for more ;) You’re awesome & so is Stephanie!

    XOXOX

  69. I’ve been planning to buy this!! Unfortunately, the only bookstore that sells it here in my country has run out of copies, so thank you for the opportunity! :)

  70. Oh I’d love a signed copy please so count me in! I love the fact that Steph swears using British sayings!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

    Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

  71. Hiiii Gayle!!!
    I really want to read this book,
    And when I want to read a book I MUST
    Even when my sisters force me out of a book store
    I love your style and your books,
    The fact you suggest this book makes me want it MORE!!

    Luck with future projects XD

  72. She is so sweet and adorable and I am so crazily in love with this book already.

  73. Hi Gayle,

    I loved Stephanie’s interview! I am really excited to read her book and hope that I win. Thank you for hosting this giveaway :)

  74. Great interview! I loved this book and would love to have a signed copy!!!!!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  75. I have been dying to get my hands on this book! It sound so good! I would love to be entered to win a copy.

    Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!

  76. I’d Love a copy! :) Oh please pick me! :D I have been looking at and watching this book for a long time and would LOVE to read and own a copy! :D Thank you soooo much for this offer! :)

  77. I would loveeeee this book! Fun fact— the word “douche” actually means shower in french. So when americans insult someone with the phrase “you’re such a douche bag” …technically, they’re calling them a “shower bag”.
    If a shower in a bag existed, it would be awesome.

    Almost as awesome as winning a copy of this book.

  78. You make this book sound really good and now I really want to read it!

  79. The book sounds amazing! Now it’s at the top on my list to read! =)

  80. Great interview! I would love to win a signed copy.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. I’ve only just recently heard of this book, but I’ve already sent in a request at my library to get it to read. A signed copy would be marvelous though.

  82. Awesome interview! I’m currently reading the book, and all the hype around is is 100% true!

    Thanks for a the awesome giveaway!

  83. I would really love to win a signed copy of this book…

  84. I would love to win this book! I’ve read Stephanie’s blog for a while, listening to her drop bits and pieces about Etienne, and I’m definitely ready to meet him.

    Thanks for hosting this contest, and for the great interview!

  85. I have been lookiing at this book for a long time and I would love to recieve this book.

  86. Aaaah!!!!! I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY want to read this book!! This is so exciting! I’ve been waiting for there to be contest for it. So THANK YOU!

  87. Oh I have wanted to read this book since before it came out! I am dying to get my hands on a copy and I am totally up for some romance. :)

  88. OMG finally! i have been wanting to read this book for the longest time. My friend read it and said it was great! I cant wait for my turn to read it. If i win it. *wink wink nudge nudge*

  89. This book sounds AWESOME! I’d love to win it (:

  90. this book sounds ridiculously good! even if i dont win i want to read it . but please pick me to win!i would love my own copy to share with my sister and friends.

  91. I first heard about this book from John Green’s videos, and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since!!! Thanks so much for the great interview.

  92. Hi!!!
    I keep putting this book on hold in my city’s library but apparently a bunch of people are doing the same thing so I haven’t read it yet!!! Hopefully the next person who gets the book is me and if that really happens (cross fingers) I’ll read it right away and enter the quiz!!!

    *hope* *cross fingers some more* *JUMP UP AND DOWN*

  93. so i heard that this book was originally a NaNoWriMo story! how cool! i so wanna read it!

  94. I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I saw it under the “coming soon” section at borders.com! The minute I read the description I knew it had to be at the top of my list. It seems like such a real story and I am really excited to read it (hopefully a signed copy of it)!

  95. Ohmigosh! I want this book so badly, I’ve been telling my friends about it at school!

  96. I absolutely cannot wait to read this book! :)

  97. Sign me up for this contest! Gayle Forman is my favorite author so if she says this book is as good as it is, then I want to read it! I also Loved signed copies…

  98. This contest: FABULOUS IDEA! Sign me up. This book looks like an awesome book.

  99. Fun interview. I’d like to win; I want to read it. :3

  100. I can’t wait to read this book! It sounds soo good! *goes to library website to see if it’s there*

  101. If I don’t win this book I will die. No joke, I’ll be walking in the middle of the sidewalk and then just drop dead because I have cute story deprivation (it IS a real disease). You don’t want me to die, do you? LET ME WIN!

  102. I really really really want to read this book, but my library doesn’t have it! I would love a copy for my own!

  103. I really enjoyed Anna & the French Kiss and would love a signed copy! If the contest is open to Canada, please enter me. Thanks! :)

  104. I have been waiting for this book to come out in australia for forever (it seems). I REALLY want to read it.

  105. Oooh I would love a signed copy of this book! And then I could donate my copy to the local library so that this book can be spread to the world! Or I could do my own giveaway on my book blog… The possibilities are wonderfully endless.

    Thanks for this great contest!

  106. i would LOVE a signed copy of ANNA. thanks for the giveaway :)

  107. I would love love LOVE to win the book! I’ve been meaning to buy it since it came out, but money is tight…and to have a signed copy would be even more amazing! Thanks so much for this fantastic contest!

  108. I really, really, really need this book! I’d love to win it.

  109. Great interview! I really liked the questions you asked, and I think that it’s really cool you guys are doing a giveaway.

  110. Can I etner for the signed copy if I’ve already read it? Okay, good, I will then.

  111. Yay! I’m a vampire too… and double yay for a chance to win this book!

  112. REALLY really really want to read this book… Love everything French!!!

  113. Even if I don’t win the signed copy, it’s okay, because I know someone else is going to enjoy Anna and the French Kiss.

    (But oh gad, I’m waiting for our country’s bookstores to display Anna and all her awesomeness. Damn the Philippines for being so far away. :( )

  114. Great interview :) I’d love to win a signed copy of this book!!

  115. OMG! I would love to read this book. It sounds so amazing!!!

  116. I’d love a signed copy! The book is fantastic (=

  117. What a great interview Gayle! Your banter back and forth made me think that you and Stephanie should write a book TOGETHER! I mean, that’s the “in” thing now, right? Writing books with a partner? You two should totally jump on that bandwagon. :)

    BTW, I cannot WAIT to read Where She Went! I absolutely ADORED If I Stay!

  118. I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK! It sounds absolutely fabulously amazing, and I can’t believe I haven’t read it myself yet! So, um, yeah. Kisses from the States!

  119. Oooohhh I would love to read this book! I have only heard lots of great things about it, and if you recommend it…well it must be good.

  120. I love this book so much! And I LOVE Stephanie Perkins! :) I also love macarons. And chocolate. And French people (boys). :D

  121. I actually bought Anna and The French kiss and gave it to my friend as a Holiday present. I really hope to win this or just buy it.

  122. I actually bought Anna and The French kiss and gave it to my friend as a Holiday present.

  123. I’m so excited! I want to have this book in my hands! I’ve read so many goods reviews of this book, and i can’t wait to read it! I’m in love with France :)

  124. Great interview, thanks! I can’t believe she had not been to Paris before writing the book, she does an amazing job with the descriptions. Oh, and I’m so excited that Étienne (and I assume Anna) will be somewhere in a future book! I pity the person who does not fall in love with Étienne, Mr. Darcy who?

  125. Must. Respond. To. POST!

    I’ve been obsessed with this book. I’ve let my coworkers borrow it and every time they leave it lying around work I’ll flip to a different part, re-read it, smile, sigh, and desperately wish I had the time to read it over again. And again, and again, and again…

    You asked some awesome questions for Stephanie that just made me laugh, I and definitely agree that she is one of the sweetest author’s I’ve ever come across! Which makes it all the more hilarious that she swears all the time. In British. It’s adorable.

    Thanks for the chance to win the book! (And/or chocolates. I love chocolates!)

    Meredith :)

  126. Ahhhh, I have been dying to read this. I heard only good things about it!!! So hook it up??

  127. I Loved this book when I read it!!!

  128. John Greene recommended your book, and I always read everything he recommends. I’m a NC writer, too, and I love the stripe in your hair.

  129. Stephanie is so much fun. I love her, her awesome hair and her blog. I NEED THIS BOOK, GAYLE!

  130. Love the book. I also love chocolate. ^_^

  131. Pick me! Pick me! I’d love an autographed copy of Anna and the French Kiss!

  132. Pretty please with a cherry on top!

  133. I would looooooooove a signed copy of Anna and the French Kiss PLEASE! Definitely one of my very favorites!

  134. This deal looks amazingly sweet! Oh and so does this chocolate! :)

  135. I LOVE “Anna and the French Kiss!” I borrowed it from a friend, but I really want to own it!

  136. This was a fantastic interview! I am very impressed how well Stephanie was able to write about Paris even though she’s never lived there. Well done!

  137. Oh! I would very much enjoy this book! I have been wanting to read this book but I haven’t had time to get it yet. I would love a signed copy!

  138. I love Anna and the French Kiss! I couldn’t put it down and finished it in two days

  139. When so much YA writing these days is compared to Twilight (in my circle of friends at least), it can get a bit tedious. I actually really enjoyed Twilight, but I think that Anna is such a different and beautiful story, that it made me happy to not talk about vampires or Teams or any of that. I love the all the characters, and to put it simply, I want to live in their world.

    Gayle, I also must say that I finished If I Stay earlier today, and it was so absorbing that I find myself lost in my emotions still. Thank you, and Stephanie, for putting such amazing words down on paper and sharing them with the world!

  140. This was a great interview – thanks! Stephanie Perkins is amazing at capturing those emotions, and for making people crave the good things that she described. (I still want Girl Scout cookies, and I finished the book two weeks ago). Thanks for the interview and insight!

  141. This was such a good interview, I love Stephanie Perkins. Can’t wait to read Anna and The French Kiss but I don’t think it’s out in Ireland yet :(

  142. loved the interview. stephanie is too cute for words, as is this book. i bought a bunch to give away as gifts at christmastime! :)

  143. Omg o.o I would so love to read this book ! It sounds interesting (: And I liked reading the interview :D

  144. Sounds like the perfect book for me.
    Honestly i had never heard of it since your post, but now, being the devoted romance novel lover i am, i am itching to read it :)
    And i loved if i stay by the way, and can’t wait for the second book and the movie to come out :)

  145. I’d love to win a signed copy!!! Stephanie is wonderful, I love her blog. :)

  146. Thank you so much for this contest opportunity! I have read the book several times and loved it :D I don’t even have words to describe how truly amazing this novel is…A signed copy would just be epic

  147. I hope I’m lucky enough to win! Loved the book. Read it in less then12 hours. It was just so… Ugh! I don’t even know what to say! Etienne and Anna are amazing together. I’d love a signed copy.

  148. Thank you for the interview! I really want to try a macaron now. :)

  149. Great interview! I thoroughly loved Anna and the French Kiss! I can’t wait to read more books from Stephanie!!

  150. Have been hearing and reading so many glowing reviews about Anna and the French Kiss. Thanks for the contest and hope I can get lucky and win a copy :)

  151. oh wow i LOVE the name Etienne! i LOVE the name anna and i LOVE LOVE LOVE the names Lola and Isla!
    soooo with that in mind i should also say i love the name Gayle, because im nice like that and now, pretty please?
    GIMME THE BOOK!
    cough cough…

  152. I *WANT* this book. Now. Please. Please. PLEASE.

  153. I ADORE THIS BOOK. I ADORE STEPHANIE. I NEED TO OWN IT. I NEED TO HAVE IT SIGNED. (I am a poor grad student who is crying because she cannot buy this book RIGHT NOW) but a SIGNED copy would be EVEN BETTER.

    I also like CAPS way too much.

    The end.

  154. Here is my comment to win the free copy, because I am DYING to read this book!

  155. Can I just say…I love that you are a crazy fangirl for this book. It makes me feel more normal (since I’m a crazy fangirl for it too as well as for IF I STAY, because OMG both were so freaking fantastic). Great interview!

  156. I would LOVE to get my hands on this book. I just stumbled across Stephanie’s blog last year, and I’d be SO excited to have a signed copy of Anna and the French Kiss, about which I have heard so many wonderful things. My fingers are crossed.

  157. I’ve been following Stephanie’s blog for a long time and just waiting for her book to come out. I am so happy it was just as amazing as I hoped it would be. Totally drool worthy! Fingers crossed for a signed copy (:

  158. I just got Anna from the library! My new favorite book! It’s totally amazing!

  159. I really, really, really would love to win this book. Please!!

  160. Ahhh! I can haz signed copy? I bought this book a few weeks ago AND FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. I too, became a little obsessed. I even asked for tickets to Paris for my birthday. (Not much luck…) My friend Caroline stole my copy though and I’m pretty sure I’m not getting it back because she tends to ruin books. Thanks so much for giving me the comfort of not being the only ANNA dork! <3

  161. I have wanted to read Anna and the French Kiss ever since John Green mentioned it in his “8 Things I Love” video. Getting a signed copy would be wonderful.

  162. I need to get to a bookstore and buy this – can’t wait to read it!

  163. I am OBSESSED I have told all of my friends about this book and a lot of them read it! :D I have never really talked to Stephanie but she seems really fun spirited! I would love, love, LOVE a signed copy! Hopefully I win! :)

  164. Thanks for posting the interview with Stephanie! Awesome.

  165. I love this book so much I’ve gotten all of my friends to read it, so cute.

  166. Ahh!! I LOVED AatFK!!! I couldn’t put it down and would love a signed copy!! I finished it over a week ago and still can’t get over it! I’m even having trouble moving on to the next book I’m reading. I may just have to re-read ANNA first! :o)

  167. I keep hearing great reviews about this book, now I need to read it!
    By the way it was very hard to resist reading the spoilers… :)
    Also, thanks Gayle and Stephanie for this contest!

  168. OH MY GOD. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. To get a signed copy would be a dream come true. I love reading Stephanie’s blog, too! So enter me in the drawing for the book!

  169. I haven’t read this book but have heard nothing but amazing things about it! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)

  170. I haven’t been a fan of love stories for a while, but I decided to try Anna and the French Kiss and it was amazing. I started reading it one Friday night and finished at 4:30 on Saturday morning.

  171. I would love to have a signed copy of AatFK!

    Great questions, Gayle! Learned something new today about one of my favorite books! (what I really want to know is how tall Etienne is.)

  172. I really really love this book… One of the best I had ever read

  173. I’ve heard so much about this book. I can’t wait to read it. Good luck to me:)
    Shari

  174. I’d love to win the book! Been wanting to read it.

  175. Oh my gosh! I cannot wait to read this book! It looks like the sweetest thing ever! Unfortunately it seems every time I try to go BUY the book something goes wrong! Dead car battery, malfunctioning gift card I was going to buy the book with, etc. WHY must those book gods torture me?!?!

  176. I loved Anna and the French Kiss! Everyone should read it! And…a signed copy? WANT.

  177. This is an amazing contest! Chocolate and ANNA two of my favorite things. I read Anna in one night and did not go to bed until 3AM because I couldn’t put it down. I still pick it up and flip open to random pages to read. It is so addicting. Everything about that book resonated with me in some way.

    Thanks for the contest!

    Jen

  178. I LOVE Stephanie Perkins so much more..she is so funny! I would also love to win this book.

  179. anna and the french kiss is my favorite book ever ( yes that means it draws with looking for Alaska) i think what yer doing is great and by giving anna to someone else u’ll show them the joys of her wonderfulness!

  180. I would love to win this book if the contest is international :)

    Thank you so much for this contest !! :D :D

  181. Reading it now (because you told me to).

  182. I have the book already but I would love a signed copy! :D

  183. oh count me in if this is international! It’s highhh on my wish list :D thank you!

  184. I have read this book 3 times in 3 weeks (and yes, I am a wife and mother with a full-time job). I would love to win the signed copy. Thank you!!

  185. You just made me REALLY want this book now!! It has been on my TBR list but it has just moved up a lot of spots!! Thanks for a chance to win!!

  186. I’m a freak for romantic books and this one sounds divine. I want to read it very badly!!

  187. I hadn’t heard of “Anna and the French Kiss” until just now — but considering how much I *adore* “If I Stay” (I stayed up way too late last night, reading the whole thing in one big gulp), your recommendation means a LOT!

  188. This book looks amazing and has such wonderful reviews. It is on my TBR list for this year. Thanks for the opportunity.

  189. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I have yet to read it, but I hear so so many fantastic things about it!

  190. When I read Anna, I couldn’t believe that Stephanie had never been to Paris. It’s so well-written, you can taste it.

    Gayle, thanks for given me an excuse to re-read Anna. (4th time)

    Stephanie, I’m a vampire too. Except I have a day job. Not fun.

  191. I’d love to have a chance to read this book! It looks sooo good! Thanks Gayle and Stephanie!

  192. I am a total vampire when I read books (I stay up until 3:00 a.m. at least two nights a week reading) except then I have to wake up at 7:00 a.m. to get my kids ready for school.

    Why doesn’t the world understand Night Owls? Everyone acts like you’re so productive and amazing if you’re a morning person and get up early to do things. Well, we all have our productive hours, and for some of us, it’s 2:00 a.m.!

    Stephanie Perkins is full of awesomeness and has a hilarious blog. I LOVE THIS BOOK! SOOO GOOD.(Okay, my computer is telling me to back away from the caps lock before I really let go…)

  193. This looks like it could be a really great book, I’d love to get ahold of a copy so I can read it and join the obsessed following. lol. I could always use another great read.

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