Isla and the Happily Ever After

Author:  Stephanie Perkins
Publisher:  Dutton
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult             isla
Source: My Daughter
             Kritters Ramblings





Goodreads:   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.

Ope’s Opinion:  This is the third Stephanie Perkins book I have read.  This is the best one!!  It is the third in  a series.  You do not have to read the other two to enjoy this one.

This is a young adult book that I can absolutely recommend to anyone.  Even if you are not usually a young adult reader – you should pick this one up.  It is the most amazing, sweet, well written love story.  In general I do not reread books, but this is one I will put on the shelf and get back to again.

Stephanie Perkins knows how to write.  She kept my attention throughout the whole book.  It seems when I pick up one of her books, I loose track of time and just enjoy it.

Rating:  Five Chairs – This book is so good it will be passed on and on and on…

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author:  Stephanie Perkins          lola
Publisher:  Speak
Genre:  Young Adult

Source:  Purchased




Goodreads:  Lola 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.

Ope’s Opinion:  Lola is a quirky character with a lot going on in her life.  It was interesting to watch her relationships grow and change.  Anna and St. Clair are a part of this story.  It was nice to see them again.   I loved Anna and could relate to her.  Lola was hard to relate to.

I would be interested in hearing more about Lindsey and Charlie.  I like that Lindsey put her education before a boyfriend.  I also thought it was great that she wanted to be friends with Charlie, then see what happens. I would prefer Lindsey or Anna as role models to Lola’s example.

Stephanie Perkins knows how to write a story that makes you want to keep reading and reading.  I am looking forward to reading Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins                anna
Publisher:  Speak
Genre:  Young Adult
Source: Purchased




Goodreads:  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. She is less than thrilled about boarding school in Paris – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, he has it all – including a serious girlfriend. Will Anna get her French kiss?

Ope’s Opinion:  Amazing!  That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book.  It is well written, easy to read and hard to put down.  The descriptions are so vivid I could see the exact picture Perkins was drawling.

Stephanie Perkins wrote the most engaging characters.  I enjoyed watching their relationships grow and change.  It was great to see how they related to each other and their families.  It all felt realistic to me.  I liked seeing the friends of the Anna and St. Claire have their own story lines.

The pace of this story was a steady incline.  I did not want the story to move any faster because I was savoring each moment.  I was in no hurry for this one to end.

I could recommend this to teens or to adults.  It captures the attention of anyone who enjoys reading young adult books.  I like that the language and sexual content are appropriate for age.

I am anxiously waiting to read Lola and the Boy Next Door.  And Isla and the Happily Ever After will come out this summer.                                                steph

Side note:  My daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings
I were fortunate to meet  Stephanie Perkins at an
author signing.
 She is sweet and fun to talk to.
Thanks Stephanie!



Five Chairs – this book is so good it will be pass on and on and on …..