Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

lolaLola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the negihborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.*

I’m not going to lie, this book made me cry more times than I can remember, but not because it’s a sad book by any means. It’s just that adorable! Though it’s a close call, I think I might actually love this book a teeny bit more than ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. Speaking of, the role that Anna and Etienne play in this book is absolutely perfect. I knew they appeared in this book, but I was concerned that it would be one tiny cameo, just a passing mention of them. It is much more than that, though, and I’m really glad we got to see not only how their relationship has grown but how it’s able to help other people as well. The one small mention of Josh made me laugh, too. Continue reading


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

anna.jpgAnna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?*

*Sigh* I did it again. I told myself I wouldn’t read this book in a day because after I went through ANATOMICAL that quickly I found myself missing the characters a lot the next day. Well, that will probably be the case with this book as well. Etienne St. Clair is dreamy–English accent (do I really need to go on?), Parisian/American/British upbringing, good looks, and a ridiculous amount of charm? Sign me up. Continue reading

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

anatomical.jpgArtist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is-and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?* Continue reading

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

everything.jpgIf you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.* Continue reading

Review + Giveaway of Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

kindred spirits‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does.

What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.* Continue reading