Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

isla.jpgFrom the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.*

This was by far my favorite book of the series. I was a little worried that it would be like the other two in the sense that it would take the majority of the book for the two characters to find their way to each other, but Stephanie Perkins took the story an entirely different route, which was refreshing. It really made it feel like I wasn’t just reading the first two stories over, and I was again impressed with the way she is able to make the stories so distinct and unique while at the same time weaving them all together. Continue reading

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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