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Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins book reviews

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Anna and the French Kiss


Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

Oh this book! I want to go to Paris and find my own hot guy!

Anna is shipped off to a boarding school in Paris by her father. Sounds romantic right? Not when she was about to have the best senior year at school and was finally getting somewhere with her crush. That and she doesn’t really know much about France. And she can’t speak French!

But on the first day, after her parents have dumped her in her Boarding School in France she meets her next door neighbour of sorts Meredith who invites her to hang with her and her friends; Rashmi, Josh and Etienne.

Etienne, or St. Clair, as his friends call him is the epitome of hot French guy. He’s French, American and English all rolled into one and Anna soon finds out why girls, and boys, are totally in love with him.

There is only on problem though. Etienne has a long term girlfriend called Ellie and Anna will not be that girl to ruin a relationship. But it soon becomes clear that there are problems with Etienne and Ellie’s relationship and as Anna and Etienne become closer its easy to see that they are liking each other more than friends.

But Etienne is confused about it all and doesn’t want to be on his own, especially when something happens to his mother, but Anna is heartbroken time and time again whenever he leaves her for Ellie.

So she starts dating someone, which doesn’t last long and you can see how jealous Etienne gets.

But a kiss both leaves them wanting more but its not just Ellie who could have her heartbroken, its also their friend Meredith whose been in love with him too and Anna herself.

Can they work things out?


Is it humanly possible to fall in love with a book because I did with this one.

Anna is a brilliant MC. She hates that she’s been left in Paris but she easily makes friends. She has her heartbroken but she bounces back and she knows her own mind. She wants Etienne but she’s not going to steal him from his girlfriend so its up to him to decide. But every time they have those moments or they end up getting close, Etienne pulls back and, even though you see the devastation it leaves Anna in, she knows that there is no time in moping around, there’s school work and movies to review and her life to think about. Even if her heart is breaking every time he leaves her for Ellie.

And then there’s Etienne… Oh Holy French Gods HE.IS. HOT! But he’s described as short and no amount of imagining on my part can imagine him as short! I’m sorry but I can’t (He’s 5’4″) but honestly… Nope. He’s tall in my eyes haha. But back to Etienne. He’s cocky and he knows that he’s handsome but somehow that doesn’t give him a high sense of self worth. He’s cool with it. He laughs with it. He knows he’s hot and he knows that other people think he’s hot but the one person he cares about is Anna. He sticks up for her in social situations, he punches someone in the face for her, he looks after her. In all things, despite the girlfriend, despite everything else. this guy is 100% in love with Anna.

Even though there was an attraction from the beginning, I liked how realistic the falling in love was. It took almost a year, a year of them getting to know each other, getting to know each others passions and hates, in getting to know all the little things about each other. It was realistic. Its how falling in love should be.

Lola and the Boy Next Door


Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

Another book I fell in love with.

Lola had her heartbroken two years ago but now she’s moved on. She has a sexy older punk rocker boyfriend Max, two loving, and overly protective fathers and a best friend. She knows what she wants to do. Be a designer and she wants to be the only one at her prom in a Marie Antoinette dress that she, personally, made herself. Life is pretty good for her right now.

And then the removal van comes and she’s holding her breath because it possibly couldn’t be who she thinks it is.

But then she sees Calliope Bell and she knows, she just knows, that the twin brother will be around the corner, the guy she spent two years getting over.

Cricket Bell is 6’4” of pure hotness. He wants to invent things and he hasn’t forgotten a thing about the only girl he’s ever loved. And he’s going to do everything he can to get her back. Except for the fact that now she has a boyfriend…

While Max is away touring, Cricket and Lola spend time together and it soon becomes clear that the ease they had with each other as children and when they were older is still there and so is the love they shared.

But Lola has to make a choice. Is she going to stay with Max or is she going to go back to the boy who broke her heart before?

OMG this book was just as amazing and brilliant as Anna and the French Kiss. Accept a lot more colourful!

Lola dresses as something different every day. One day she can be dressed in an Egyptian dress and a long black wig, the next she’s sporting every colour of the rainbow. It’s how she expresses herself, it’s what who she is. She knows what she wants to do and she knows what she has to do to get it. But when Cricket Bell comes back into her life it’s clear that Lola doesn’t know things anymore. She doesn’t know who it is she wants but she knows that her feelings for Cricket never went away. And that’s something that scares her. She’s had her heart broken by him before so why should she go through all that again?

Cricket Bell… again HOT! He’s eccentric in his own way too. He wears trousers that are slightly too short with colourful socks underneath, he wears a multitude of colourful bands on his arms and he has massively tall hair! He wants to invent things but he’s lost all interest in it when he finds out the truth about his great great great grandfather Alexander Graham Bell. But he knows one thing in life. That he loves Lola and when he comes back you can see how apparent that is.

I loved seeing these two together. Like Anna and Etienne (Who we also see in the book! EEEEEEEEEEEK) there is natural chemistry between them. Unlike Anna, these two have already been in love before. It shows the impact a first love has when they return to your life and how hard it is to let it all go. I loved how it portrayed that first loves will always be remembered and how growing up and being true to yourself is the way to go.

Isla and the Happily Ever After


Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series

Omg this one was so full of feels that it was unreal. The other two had feels aswell but this one was unreal.

Isla has always loved Josh. Ever since she saw him three years ago at their school in France. Even though she’s loved him for all that time she would never imagine that he would ever reciprocate those feelings. So when she sees him at a cafe in their hometown she takes the chance to talk to him. Even if she is high on pain killer medication!

Josh has been feeling lonely ever since his friends graduated so he’s facing the last term at school alone. But fate lets him meet Isla, the hot girl who he admired from afar ever since he saw her reading a graphic novel at the lunch table.

Then they’ve got the rest of the school year to be friends. Even though both of them are shy and it takes them a while to talk to each other again they soon become friends and its blaringly obvious that the friendship is leading somewhere else.

They soon start dating and the pair decide to leave school one weekend and go to Barcelona to see the works of Gaudi. They spend a romantic night in the hotel (sexy time!) and when they wake up in the morning things are still happy. That is until they check their phones and find out that the school and their parents know that they’ve gone.

Josh is expelled and Isla faces the last few months of school without the love of her life. And things get even worse when Josh’s dad makes Senator and Isla has to see him on TV, tellinh everyone who watches that he’s single.

Josh gives Isla a Christmas present, the unfinished graphic memoir he’s working on but Isla can’t get over the Rashmi thing and has to endure the whole relationship in pictures…

When they meet again tensions are a bit fraught but 20 minutes alone in an empty room soon puts them back on track… for now.

Isla breaks up with Josh because she feels as though she’s just a distraction for him and that he doesn’t really love her.

Can Josh prove to Isla that he truly loves her?

OMG this book was heartbreak central. From the moment they met and started a relationship you could tell that something was going to go wrong.

Isla is a brilliant character. I loved her just as much as I loved Anna and Lola. Unlike the other girls, Isla doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life once school is over. She’s shy and quiet and because she’s short people often don’t realise she’s there.
She has an older sister and a younger sister, both of these have big personalities and she often gets lost in the fray. She believes that she’s not lovable and in that respect I feel like I know her more because thats what I feel at times. But even when she meets Josh and he says he loves her, she still can’t get her head around it.

Josh. Omg. I loved him in Anna and in his own one he just got better. The broody quiet artist just sings to me! He’s geeky and shy and he is brilliant at drawing and he loves with all his heart. Despite his relationship with Rashmi I had a sense that he has admired Isla for sometime and now he’s single he can finally act on those feelings.

The heartbreak and feels in this one was too much to cope with! They all had heartbreak and feels but this one was the top.

I loved all these books. The prospect of new love and old love was just brilliant to read about and, even though they were YA romance, there was a story there too. It wasn’t just all about the love haha.

And OMG THE SCENE WITH ANNA AND ETIENNE! AAAAAHHHHH! And they had Cricket and Lola in there too. I loved seeing them all together.

I loved these books. I’d recommend that everyone read them. Especially if you’ve read How To Love by Katie Cotugno.

Also I want one for Meredith… maybe, just maybe you could write one Stephanie?

Brilliant billiant brilliant trilogy.

And I saw that Anna and the French Kiss is becoming a movie… I so hope this is true and not a rumour!


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