Waiting on Wednesday (39) – Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door
Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
To be released: September 29, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.
For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous 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 move back into the house next door.
When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—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.
So I really LOVED Anna and the French Kiss and I cannot wait to read this companion novel. Stephanie Perkins is just a genius with contemporary teen romance and I just cannot wait to read what she writes next because I is sure to be FANTASTIC. Lola and the Boy Next Doorsounds like it will be a great companion to Anna and the French Kiss. CANNOT WAIT!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Pages: 372
Source: Borrowed from Gail
 
Ratings: 5 Stars
 
Summary (from Goodreads):
 
Anna was 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. So she’s 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
 
Anna and the French Kiss has stolen my heart. I have no idea how to explain how awesome this book is but I will try.
 
Stephanie Perkins has written, in my opinion, one of the best books of 2010. Anna and the French Kiss has everything I wanted in a book and more. This book…wow. I haven’t been able to devote much time to reading in college, but when I got this book from Gail, I had to sit down and reading it. I devoured it almost immediately. This book was, beyond a doubt, wonderful. I am fully on the Anna Love Train.
 
One of the great things about this book was the romance and the chemistry between the characters. Anna has a great personality, spunk, and awesome. I felt like anyone I know could be Anna, even myself. And St. Clair…..I don’t even know where to begin. St. Clair was everything you want in a guy and more. It is so unfair he is not real. And the chemistry between Anna and St. Clair was electric. I was truly wishing that I could be Anna and find someone as awesome as St. Clair while reading this book.
 
I loved the writing in Anna and the French Kiss as much as the characters. Stephanie Perkins truly captures the essence of teenage love and is even able to make it humorous. Perkins effortlessly weaves in humor in her writing. And Perkins has written one of the best relationships ever. It seems like she effortlessly created this amazing chemistry between two amazing characters; chemistry that leaps off the pages.
 
After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I literally had to pass it around to all my friend on my floor to spread the love. Anna and the French Kiss is a book everyone needs to have on their shelf. There is just something about this book, something I cannot explain, that makes it amazing. For me, I think it was the relationship between Anna and St. Clair and how I felt it relates so much to my current situation. This book was just fabulous. While this may not be the best review ever, I cannot think of words to fully describe how I felt about this book besides the words “awesome” and “wonderful” which I have used many times. Everyone needs to pick up a copy of Anna and the French Kiss as soon as possible!!! I cannot wait for its two companion books because Stephanie Perkins has captured my heart with this book.

Waiting on Wednesday (13) – Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss

Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
To be released: December 2, 2010
Summary (from Goodreads):
Anna was 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. So she’s 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
All I’ve heard about this book is good things. It sounds really good and something right up my alley. I cannot wait to read it, and I know if I don’t, I will probably have some people kindly force me to read this book.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.