Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mini Reviews: Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I am absolutely in love with this series! I cannot wait for third book to come out - Isla and the Happily Ever After. For those who loved the books or those who want to read either of the first two in this series - stop by my blog tomorrow for a giveaway during the Love In Bloom Giveaway Hop!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published: December 2, 2010
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 372
Received: audiobook from library

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
My Thoughts:
Paris setting? Check. 
Hunky British boy with sexy French name? Check.  
Film references? Check

I adored the story of Anna and Étienne - how they meet, her crush, the friendship, the romantic setting. What's not to like? This was one of those stories that you get sucked into right away, it's light and fun, the audiobook was amazing to listen to and I honestly enjoyed the book in one weekend during a long car trip that didn't seem so long after listening to this book. The story actually brought back memories of Paris for me - when Anna and her friends were wandering the streets of Paris and mentioning the sights.  I couldn't get enough of this book and I was rooting for Anna the whole time. And I thought it was fitting that Anna was a film nut - all of those amazing old movie theaters in Paris must have been heaven for her.
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 338
Received: audiobook from library

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

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.
My Thoughts:
Creative and artsy girl? Check.
Geeky science nerd turned hottie? Check.

Lola was one of the most interesting characters I've read about in a while. She was quirky, yet down to earth. Pushing her boundaries at every chance, but still trying to play by the rules as much as possible. Dating a rocker, but unknowingly in love with the boy next door. Lola and Cricket's story is adorable and I found myself not wanting to go anywhere until I finished listening the audiobook, yet again. The narrator was amazing by the way - completely pulled you into the story. Oh and the little cameo by Anna and Étienne rocked my socks too.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 352
Amazon | Book Depository

From 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 Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
My Thoughts:
I cannot wait for this one. It's about JOSH (from Anna and the French Kiss #1). And appearances by Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket? EEK! I'm dying already

One last comment: What do you think of the new covers? They made a new style starting with Isla and have redone Anna and Lola covers too. Like them better?


  1. I just reviewed ANNA on the weekend! I adored the book so I will be stopping by tomorrow because I haven't yet read LOLA! I actually really like the new covers. They're a bit more sophisticated and I'm a sucker for colour and bold font!

    1. I wasn't sure about the cover change, but I think I am liking it more than the originals now. :)

      I hope you do stop by tomorrow to enter the giveaway! :) Good luck!

  2. I am hoping for Anna but I haven't read any of them. Hear they are all really good. thanks for chance to win!

  3. Love these books, especially Anna!! I was never a huge fan of the old covers, but I'm not sure about the new ones either... visually they're gorgeous, but I don't know how well they match the story. Ah well... either way I am SUPER psyched for Isla, whenever it's actually going to come out. =b

    1. I am dying waiting for Isla. I devoured the first two back to back on audiobook.


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