“Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins

Isla

Isla and the Happily Ever After is a second companion to the highly popular Anna and the French Kiss. Isla Martin has two homes, one in Manhattan with her family and one in Paris where she attends boarding school. Before returning to Paris, Isla has a chance encounter with her long time crush, Josh. As Isla and Josh return for their senior, something starts to change between them. Falling in love is the easy thing to do for Josh and Isla, but can that love last forever?

This book was the perfect ending to the Anna and the French Kiss series. We are back in Paris, taking classes at SOAP (School of America in Paris) and once again the city becomes its own beautiful character. Isla is such a real and relatable character. Josh is one of those characters that always keep you wanting more. As the reader, you’re constantly wondering what he’s thinking. There are so many favorite moments in this book, but one of the best is the appearances of all our favorite couples; Anna and St. Clair and Lola and Cricket.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Anna and the French Kiss or any fan of YA romance.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Stephanie Rudisill

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“Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door is the second companion to the highly popular Anna and the French Kiss.

Lola Nolan is her own designer, only she doesn’t believe in fashion. Lola believes in costume: sparkly wigs, rainbow skirts, and combat boots. According to Lola there is no such thing as outrageous, everything is wild and fun. Lola has a lot of great things in her life, including a cool, older rocker boyfriend that she is crazy about.

Things take a sudden turn in Lola’s life with the return of her childhood next-door neighbors, Cricket and Calliope Bell. Cricket has always been in the shadow of his figure skating sister, Calliope’s. A gifted inventor, Cricket also harbors secret feelings. Now that they have returned, Lola must face the feelings that she has been trying to forget.

I loved this book for many reasons. It’s beautifully written, and Stephanie Perkins gives us a beautiful setting in San Francisco. Lola and Cricket are both wonderful characters, and we get very welcome appearances from Anna and St. Clair. I would recommend this book to any fans of contemporary romance and any fan of Anna and the French Kiss.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Stephanie Rudisill