Boys in Books are Just Better (2)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Boys, I don't mean to offend you, but this whole post is going to be about you. Well, boys, you may have a bit more competition than you realized—have you ever considered that fictional guys are trying to win the affections of the same girl you are? Oh, yes, because it's no lie that boys in books are better. Fiction is always better than reality, am I right? I have never met a guy as hot as Edward Cullen or as cute as Peeta. Guys in our world are no match to the boys in book-land. Especially, when it comes to someone like Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss.

That's right, get ready to pucker up for a French kiss with the hottest boy in the world book. Étienne St. Clair. Total Parisian. Born in America. Great hair. Adorable smile. Gorgeous British accent. Need I say more?

The boy should have his own fan club. After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I really think I should start one. (Étienne’s fan club: party of two—Nora and I.)

He’s a perfect gentleman. Well, as gentleman-like as guys get. If you’re being bullied he would stand up for you in a heartbeat. When Anna was being bullied by Mickey Mouse sweatshirt-man, Étienne was ready to fight the guy. Talk about sexy. He will be there for you, even when your Christmas break sucks and you just need someone to talk to—yeah, he’ll still be there.

He would probably give you gifts to show his affection. All the girls at school are in love with him. Though, he doesn’t have to give gifts to me—his presence is enough for me (wow, cheesy, I really have to stop that).

Étienne is super nice, except when it comes to family matters. His dad ruins everything, but that’s a completely other story. When his mom is in some health trouble (I’m trying not to give too much away), he acts like a lost puppy. Isn’t it every girl’s dream to find a lost puppy and keep it for their own? Even when he’s “pissed” (that’s drunk in British terms—Anna has taught me well), he’s still adorable because Étienne professes his undying love for a girl he’s just met a few weeks ago. As much as the whole professing part did not happen in the circumstances I was waiting for (my circumstances consisted of the Eiffel Tower, a midnight dinner, a violinist, and Étienne down on one knee), I was still so happy that I wasn’t even pissed (not drunk) that his girlfriend shows up two seconds later.

He is, also, afraid of heights, which may seem like a sign of weakness, but is very adorable to me (especially when I’m deathly afraid of heights, myself).

St. Clair would go to the ends of the Earth for his friends and that’s mostly what makes him so likeable. Anna is his best friend in the world and even though I am a bit jealous of her, I love St. Clair’s devotion and affection. I would love to hear more about him, but, sadly, there is no sequel to his story. (If you’d like to check out the companion novel that Stephanie Perkins is whipping up next go HERE.)

Everything about St. Clair made me giggle like a ten year old, but here are some quotes that were just so awesome:
“I study him. He bites his left pinkie nail, so his book must be good. Pinkie means excited or happy, thumb means thinking or worried. I’m surprised I know the meaning of these gestures. How closely have I been paying attention to him?”
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, p. 254
“‘…You’ll be so busy with Bridge and what’s-his-name that you’ll forget all about your English mate, St. Clair.’
‘Ha! So you are English!’ I poke him in the stomach.
He grabs my hand and we wrestle, laughing, ‘I claim… no… nationality.’”
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, p. 214
“The first thing I notice is his hair—it’s the first thing I notice about everyone. It’s dark brown and messy and somehow both long and short at the same time. I think of the Beatles, since I’ve just seen them in Meredith’s room. It’s artist hair. Musician hair. I-pretend-I-don’t-care-but-I-really-do hair.
Beautiful hair.”
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, p. 15
So, did St. Clair win you over with his gorgeous looks and drop-dead French kiss? Have you read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins yet? If you haven’t, you can read my review HERE.

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