by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
Published: August 14, 2014
My Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
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.
It’s official. I am in love with Stephanie Perkins’ writing, and obsessed with her books! Honestly, I literally could not put this one down. This book made me long for my first love to happen, for that feeling of bliss and happiness when you first fall in love (I wouldn’t know, but that’s how I’ve heard it described).
I think out of all three, I connected with Isla (Eye-la) the most, who we first meet in Anna and the French Kiss. She does not have any quirky, definable trait that the other two have. She is this shy, reserved, not exactly adventurous human being; not quite as confident as Anna or Lola; and who has spent most of her boarding school career in love with Josh Wasserstein. I loved her immediately.
Their romance was so sweet; the first half of the book was the beginning of their relationship, the sweetness and absolute bliss of being in love for the first time. The second half is when the drama begins, and I was holding my breath in dread for the time when it would happen, dreading it. At times I wanted to shake Isla and ask her what the heck she was doing!
I loved Josh in this book! I want to date Josh *laughs*, but then, I think any book I read, I want to date that guy at the time, though he has to be my favorite Perkin’s boy. She was his entire world, it was the sweetest thing. You can tell that they are really in love, that they have been for quite a long time.
I love Stephanie Perkins’ books, not only for the her writing, but also for including issues that people are uncomfortable with. In Lola, it was her being raised by her two gay fathers. In Isla, it was Kurt’s high functioning autism. I loved Kurt. He is brusque, states things as they are, and is Isla best friend since they were in diapers. (I kind of want a book for Kurt!). I loved that he is the one that talks sense into Isla when she is being ridiculous. (Pretty please can I have a book for Kurt!)