Book #35: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After, (2014), 339p

Eeee! This series has made me happy. Ooey gooey mushy teen romance with clever dialogue and all the awkwardness and sweet romantic gestures. I feel like Stephanie Perkins essentially wrote this series for me!

Isla has had a thing for Josh for three years, but he always had a girlfriend. But now he’s single! Over summer break, Isla and Josh have an awkward, unforgettable run in at a cafe in New York. But then Isla doesn’t see Josh again until back at school. Will their chemistry reunite them? Well, yeah!

I loved that Perkins reunited all of her characters for this finale: Anna, Etienne, Meredith, Cricket, Lola! So so cute. I still think I loved Anna and the French Kiss the best of the series, but I feel like Isla’s story comes in second. It made me giddy and filled with teen happiness. It reminded me of my high school romances, but at least in these books – they didn’t end in epic disasters and a whole lot of angsty pop punk.

Now that I’m done this beauty of a series, where will I get my perfect bubble gum sweetness fix from?!?

Happy reading-
Laurie 🙂

Book #20: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door, (2011), 338p

Yes, yet another teen book. I know! But, seriously they are my jam. Especially quick, hilarious, adorable teen reads like this one. Ones that leave me giggling like a sixteen year old girl and smiling hugely over how adorable fictional boys are. I really dig those ones.

After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I had to put off reading Lola due to book club commitments. I also secretly out it off because I was worried I would be disappointed. I did deem Anna as quite possibly (and I quote myself here, because I’m super cool and oh so modest) the “cutest book ever written.” Those are big shoes to fill.

Lola and the Boy Next Door was pretty rad in its own right. Lola, a costume loving, sparkle wearing diva, loves her life, her two dads, and her super cool, older rocker boyfriend. But when the Bell family moves back into their house next door, she has to come face to face with her first love, adorable Cricket. The boy next door swoops back into Lola’s life, bringing with him memories of a broken heart, questions about true love, and a load of trouble for her new relationship.

It’s hard not to compare this book to Anna, because it’s part of a pseudo series AND Anna & Etienne are IN the book. Did I love Lola as much as Anna? Not really. Was Cricket as swoon worthy as Etienne? Not quite. But it was still beyond adorable (and seriously, how cute is the name Cricket?!?I’m likely stealing it for my next pet’s name). I liked the tie in with the first book, but loved that it wasn’t your stereotypical sequel. It was fun and lovely and left me smiling. It leaves me feeling excited to pick up Isla and the Happily Ever After, because I likely won’t be disappointed AND we get to travel back to Paris.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂

Book #13: Anna and the French Kiss

Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss, (2010), 372p

I have to make a really bold statement. Like extremely bold. This might be the cutest book I’ve ever read. I squeeed and blushed and giggled through most of it. From beginning to end. All of the squeeing

Two very dear, lovely, avid teen fiction reader friends of mine recommended this book to me. I thought it would be like every other teen romance book. In a way it was – cute girl falls for cute boy, life/stuff/people try to tear them apart, they fall in love. (And NO, I really don’t feel like I give anything away by saying that because it’s a given with reading teen fiction. Things (usually) work out.)

But this book was smart and cute, on top of being predictable. I loved the characters. Adored the characters. Well, just the main two. I really didn’t like anyone else, but I felt like I didn’t need to.

Quick summary: Anna is forced by her overbearing father to finish her high school education in Paris (rough life, hey?!?). Anna is sad to leave her friends, family, and the object of her teenage infatuation behind in Atlanta. Even worse than that, she doesn’t speak a word of French. Anna settles in slowly and meets a good group of friends, including Etienne St.Clair, the cute, psuedo English/French/American boy who everyone has a crush on. He has everything going for him – including a girlfriend. Anna starts to fall for him and it even seems like Etienne is falling for Anna. But the girlfriend! Sigh. Whatever will happen!? And will Anna ever get her French kiss?!?

This was the most perfect summer read I could have asked for. Quick, funny, quirky, and filled with a cute character to crush on. I’m eagerly awaiting reading the next two books by Perkins. However, I feel like I’ll be gushing about this one for a while yet.

Happy reading –

Laurie 🙂