French Kiss [NOOK Book]

Overview

Get your drama on as the girls from the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, SOUTH BEACH, strut back into the limelight in another sizzling spring break tale of romance, friendship, and crushes gone bad.

Two beautiful girls. One sexy city.
Endless opportunities for l'amour.

When ...
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French Kiss

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Overview

Get your drama on as the girls from the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, SOUTH BEACH, strut back into the limelight in another sizzling spring break tale of romance, friendship, and crushes gone bad.

Two beautiful girls. One sexy city.
Endless opportunities for l'amour.

When ALEXA ST. LAURENT falls in love, she falls hard. Can she keep her cool after meeting a French guy who's too good to be true and too hard to resist?

For HOLLY JACOBSON, being in love with her boyfriend, Tyler, is as natural as breathing. But there's no denying that Alexa's Parisian cousin Pierre takes Holly's breath away....

On a whirlwind rendezvous in Paris, the City of Love, Alexa and Holly are about to discover that everything sounds sexier in French.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This is the second book in what reads like a tween girl series. The sequel to South Beach, the plot of this story finds Holly and Alexa a year past their adventures in Miami and planning their senior year spring break. Holly is set to go to Wimbledon for a track meet while Alexa plans a romantic week in Paris with her boyfriend, Diego. But when Diego tires of Alexa's snobby attitude toward American tourists in Paris and takes off for Spain, Alexa calls on Holly to come and help her through her difficulties with Diego. Worried about Alexa and dealing with her own strained ankle, Holly sets up an elaborate plan for escaping from Coach Graham and the track meet. Once in Paris, Alexis and Holly have a series of romantic adventures--Alexa with a slick French artist and Holly with Alexa's charming cousin, Pierre--that ultimately make them realize that love and romance do not always go hand in hand. I'm sure that many teenaged girls will enjoy this book, but it certainly is not a story that leaves a lasting impression. None of the characters are well developed and neither of the main characters really reflect sincere changes in their view of the world, although both come to appreciate Holly's boyfriend, a true gentleman when compared to most of the young men they interact with in the book. The phrase that best summarizes this book: cotton candy--overly sweet with little sustenance.
Susan Gapp
When sophisticated and fashionable Alexa St. James is abandoned in Paris by her insubordinate boyfriend, she turns to her estranged friend Holly, who is currently in England with her track team. Deserting her team, Holly rushes to Alexa's side. Both girls struggle with relationship issues, causing the distant friends to find comfort in each other's company and discover French romance seems to be just what the doctor ordered. Good girl Holly is torn between her love back home and a sizzling French suitor as risque Alexa finds herself in over her head after being spurned by the mesmerizing artist that captures her heart. The bonds of friendship run deep as opposite personalities find balance with a few bumps and bruises along the way. Be swept off your feet and enjoy the ride as you experience the spicey romance and worldly adventures that bring the two girls closer than ever.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Parisian-born Alexa St. Laurent moved to New Jersey because of her father's job. She has convinced her boyfriend to fly to Paris for spring break. They fight; Alexa feels that Diego is behaving like a tourist and, insulted, he leaves. She goes to stay with her cousins and calls her estranged friend Holly to join her. Holly is in England with her high school track team for an international meet. Of course, Holly slips away to Paris. She and Alexa have a wonderful time talking, shopping, and eyeing glamorous men. Their friendship back on a steady keel, Holly helps Alexa when Alexa's much-older male interest proves to be unworthy of her devotion. Sensible, conscientious Holly is an excellent and strong secondary character who endured Alexa's snubs and maintained a sense of her own self-worth when her friend deserted her for the in-crowd. Friedman skillfully depicts teenage bravado and fearlessness balanced against a lack of worldly ways and knowledge. A charming story of friendship and growing up.-Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 9 Up–Parisian-born Alexa St. Laurent moved to New Jersey because of her father's job. She has convinced her boyfriend to fly to Paris for spring break. They fight; Alexa feels that Diego is behaving like a tourist and, insulted, he leaves. She goes to stay with her cousins and calls her estranged friend Holly to join her. Holly is in England with her high school track team for an international meet. Of course, Holly slips away to Paris. She and Alexa have a wonderful time talking, shopping, and eyeing glamorous men. Their friendship back on a steady keel, Holly helps Alexa when Alexa's much-older male interest proves to be unworthy of her devotion. Sensible, conscientious Holly is an excellent and strong secondary character who endured Alexa's snubs and maintained a sense of her own self-worth when her friend deserted her for the in-crowd. Friedman skillfully depicts teenage bravado and fearlessness balanced against a lack of worldly ways and knowledge. A charming story of friendship and growing up.–Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545231220
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 628,203
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • File size: 440 KB

Meet the Author


Aimee Friedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sea Change, The Year My Sister Got Lucky, South Beach, French Kiss, Hollywood Hills, A Novel Idea, and Breaking Up. Born and raised in Queens, Aimee now lives in Manhattan.
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Aimee Friedman

Are there any particular authors/books that inspired you to become a writer?

AF: Growing up, I was a huge Ann M. Martin fan -- I waited breathlessly for each new installment of the Baby-Sitters Club, and I devoured all her single titles, too -- dog-eared paperbacks that still sit on my shelf, their spines tattered from years of rereading. I remember looking at the author bio in the back of one of these books, and learning that Ann was a "freelance writer." This idea seemed wondrous to me -- that someone could make it their life's work to just write, every single day. It was like being told that daydreaming could be a full-time job. I'd always written for pleasure, but it must have been around this time -- when I was about nine years old -- when becoming a real, professional writer began to take shape in my mind.

What advice do you give to aspiring writers?

This is a tricky question not only because I feel like I still have so much to learn about writing myself, but because everybody develops as a writer in their own way, and what's good for some -- say, setting a strict writing schedule, or keeping a journal -- may not work for others. Probably the most across-the-board advice I could offer, though, is to read, read, read. Read as much as you can and as often as you can, whether it's curl-up-in-bed-with-tea classics like Pride and Prejudice, fun beach reads like Summer Boys, short books, long books, graphic novels, whatever keeps your brain engaged. You will learn from other writers' triumphs and mistakes. And I believe you can find a good deal of inspiration -- and eventually your own voice and writing style -- this way.

Do you have a particular writing philosophy that you follow?

I believe fiercely in writing about what most excites or interests you -- not, say, what you feel you 'should' be writing, or what is proper or appropriate. Your own writing needs to compel you, needs to be something you yourself would love reading. I always feel that, as a writer, your characters and story ideas should make your heart pound -- then readers' hearts will pound, as well!

Did you ever take writing courses?

I took many writing classes in college, and they were extremely helpful and eye-opening. It was in these courses that I started to understand writing as a deliberate craft, to see the shapes and textures that made up stories. I had the good fortune to have very smart, supportive, and insightful professors who were able to teach me these things. Writing classes can also be beneficial because they set deadlines for you; if you have to hand in a complete story to your teacher by the end of the month, you will start working faster than anything!

How can teens relate South Beach/French Kiss to their own lives?

Though both these novels have an element of fantasy about them - most teenage girls don't have the opportunity to jet off to exotic locales all that often! - what readers always say to me is that they relate to the characters themselves, and to the friendships and relationships in the book. A lot of readers, for instance, have told me that they see themselves in Holly - they relate to her shyness, her protective parents, her hesitation when it comes to taking a risk. And I'm sure many readers can relate to the pain of growing apart from a friend - of having a childhood friend who changes, or discovers boys sooner than you do. These are all universal themes - they just happen to take place in fabulous settings like Miami and Paris!

What kind of feedback have you gotten about South Beach/French Kiss from teens? Do you ever get ideas for plots or characters from your fans?

First let me just say that I love hearing from my readers. Writing is such a solitary activity, and it's thrilling to find out how people respond to the words and characters and stories that I've put together in the privacy of my room. Teens have been so enthusiastic and positive about these books, which only makes me want to write more and more. For instance, I didn't initially write South Beach with a sequel in mind, but I got several questions from readers wanting to know what happened to Alexa and Holly and their respective boyfriends, so out of that grew French Kiss.

How do you research your books?

I used to think of 'research' as sitting in a musty, dusty library, bent over a stack of ancient textbooks. But, in reality, being a writer means that 'research' is everywhere and everything -- just by interacting with and observing people and places, you are gathering material for your stories. For South Beach and French Kiss, my research was particularly sweet, because I got to travel! Before I started writing French Kiss, I went to Paris for a few days to visit friends and reacquaint myself with the city. I went on long, meandering walks across the bridges, scribbled lots of notes, and sat in cafes and spied on people, noticing their habits and clothing and gestures... I often think that to be a writer you have to be something of a spy, which is what makes the work so much fun. I also do some research online, which mainly involves Googling stuff to make sure I'm spelling or referencing it correctly.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes! As soon as I learned HOW to write, it was my absolute favorite thing to do. When I was in elementary school, I spent all my free time -- hours, or whole days sometimes -- filling up spiral-bound notebooks with very long stories (I called them 'novels'). Nothing made me happier than creating those worlds for myself -- though reading did come in a close second. That's probably why I'm now both an editor and a writer-- this way, I get to combine my two greatest loves.

Can you tell us a bit about your writing routine?

My writing routine is sort of unconventional because I work full-time as an editor (see above!). I wish I could say I wake up before dawn every morning, do yoga, and write for a few solid hours before beginning my day - which is what I obsessively imagine is the healthy, ideal thing to do. Instead, I'm a night owl -- after work, I'll usually have dinner with friends, maybe read or watch TV to unwind, and then stay up writing very late. I actually prefer writing at night -- there's an energy that's not there in the daytime. When I'm working on a tight deadline, I'll write on weekends, too. It's definitely a challenge making the time for writing, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

What do you like best about writing books for teens?

I think it's an exciting time to be writing for teens, because the market has really exploded in recent years. There's so much freedom, so many opportunities, in terms of what you can write about. Teens are very sophisticated now, so there are lots of topics you can explore that you couldn't ten years ago. Also, I love how teens and young readers respond to books in general with so much sincerity and passion -- I remember myself as a teenager, and I approached books with the same kind of intensity. It's sometimes harder to find adult readers who get as excited about fictional characters and stories. What authors do you admire? As a young reader, what were some of your favorite books?

Where do I start? I'll read almost anything by Toni Morrison, Jane Austen, Michael Chabon, Kate DiCamillo, Philip Roth, Armistead Maupin, Art Spiegelman, Ian McEwan, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Sophie Kinsella, and many more... In terms of my favorite books growing up, well, you already know how much I adored Ann M. Martin. I also really liked good old-fashioned teen horror, like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike -- I just enjoyed scaring myself silly. Some other beloved books: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Catcher in the Rye, the All of a Kind Family series, Behind the Attic Wall, Just as Long as We're Together (really any Judy Blume), To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Secret Garden. I recommend them all!

How do your books stand out in the ever-growing Teen category?

My books owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Gossip Girl series, which really kicked off this whole new model of fun, glossy, sophisticated teen fiction. But I think South Beach and French Kiss are different from other books in this vein because the two books are, at their core, about friendship. About this complicated, wonderful, interesting friendship that Alexa and Holly share. I like to think that my books have heart -- warmth -- and go beyond the "mean girls" model of young women being catty or cruel to each other. I feel it's so important for teens to take away positive, empowering images of themselves -- and the world they inhabit -- from the fiction they read. I can only hope that, in some small way, my books accomplish that.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    Cute Teen Read

    I picked this books up not realizing it was a teen series. However, seeing as I never stop reading a book after I start, I finished it all the way through. It is a cute read, the characters are def. high school age, and I can see it as a "coming of age" tale. Alexa is a bit of a snob, there is obviously no hiding that, and Holly is pretty intelligent. So, I would def say teens should pick this one up. I never read "South Beach", but am a bit curious as to how this series started.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2010

    I COMPLETELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!!

    This book is 10000000000 times better than twilight!!! it paints a picture in your mind so easily and there's always an unexpected twist!!! Pleasee readd!!! you will LOVE it:))

    also read the first one south beachh:))

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

    omfg!

    this book takes you closer to how alexis is and how holly has changed since the last book! and not only that but you'll also learn a little french..... =]

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    BEST EVER

    I hate reading and I reed this book in one day i absolulty loved it. this book it the prefect tie between caty friendships between girl and romantic relationship. with intense sexually moments. this book is prefictly detailed so when you read you get the picture in you head. this is deff a book for mature girls

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    good

    Good but French phrases you might not understand.I would not recommend for young children.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    french kiss

    this book i awesome.... i hung onto every word. as soon as u finish it will leave u longing for more.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Awesome, come on didn't you read the desription!

    This book is wonderful and i mean wonderful. I read the first one(South Beach!) and thought it was great and couldn't wait to get my hands on the second one. Well i read it and loved it. The best part I will have to say is when Holly Jacobson cheats! I know it wasn't her best choice but get real was Tyler going to find out? Unless Holly wants Tyler out of her life for good she better keep her mouth shut. But, the sad part was when Alexa's suitcases got stoled and when she broke up with the love of her life, Diego because he was acting 'inmature' and embarassing her because he was playing the role of a tourist. Well, he's from Miami not Paris so What was Alexa going to expect? Well this book is awesome, it's fabulous from the first page to the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved this book! South Beach was great and so was this one! I hope she continues to make the South Beach series because they are so good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    French Kiss 'Did it Follow it's First South Beach?'

    OhMyGosh yes it was great, It totally lives up to it's sister seller 'South Beach'. I loved it much. Me myself I haven't traveled much in my time seeing as how I'm only in highschool but this definetly took me to Paris and back. The way Aimee explained Paris was like I went there you know. But I felt so bad when alexa was uterly hurt and embaressed, but Holly she was totally exciting and dareing in this sequel, She totally well almost lost the hole wet blanket part of her. But yeah this book over all was great I finished it in about 2 1/2 days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    Amazing Book!

    For those who read and liked South Beach you will love French Kiss! This book follows the story of best friends forever Alexa and Holly. In this book the friendship between these two girls are tested and many romances sizzle. Holly who is the good girl of the two does something that has many consequences to help a friend in need, while meeting Alexa's hott cousin. And recently broken up with Diego, Alexa finds the comfort she needs in a sexy French artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2006

    j'aime french kiss!!!

    this book is sooo sexy and fun...its a sequal to South Beach which is my favorite book of all time. in it Alexa goes to Pairs with her boyfriend and then calls up her friend Holly when things go badly...Holly esapces to Paris and the girls have all sorts of dramatic adventures...some end badly some end well. if you ever want to go to paris you have to read this book...i read it in two days and i was breathless. love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    One of the Best Books I Read!

    If you really loved South Beach than this book will one of youjr favorites. This book shows that friendship is stronger than boys how break your heart. I would recommend this to any one who read South Beach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    Better then the first!!

    I was obsessed with South Beach so I was almost scared to read this thinking it might not be as good but OMG it is even better. So awesome to read and even more sexy and when you read it you want to go to Paris so bad!! Read this book I swear it's so good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2005

    OMG! One of the best books ever!

    If you love South Beach, you'll love French Kiss. It has more friendship, love, and surprises through every chapters. More hotter guys!!! More Kisses and much more! I read this book in a couple of days! Yeah, that's how much I love it. Pierre is so hot in this book. So much surprises that you can't miss it!

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