Remember a few years ago when everyone was reading Anna and the French Kiss and thought Stephanie Perkins was an adorable, fresh voice in YA? Well, she’s back. And this time, she combines a cute teen romance with a Scream-esque horror novel, and the results are mostly great. From Amazon: It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a […]
My first introduction to Stephanie Perkins was last years’ holiday anthology My True Love Gave To Me, which she both edited and contributed to. Her story, It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown was my favorite of the group and I find myself thinking of its characters, Marigold and North, every so often six months later. Her characters were vibrant and their dialogue rang true. It really was a lovely story and I’m hoping that her contribution to 2016’s Summer Days, Summer Nights is a continuation of that story. But I digress… my love of Perkins world building and characterization had […]
I had high hopes for Lola. I enjoyed its prequel (of sorts), the very sweet Anna and the French Kiss, last year. I loved Stephanie Perkins’ story (It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown) in the short story compilation, My True Love Gave to Me. And so I was excited to finally get this from the library, after waiting what seemed like forever. But I was disappointed. This book just wasn’t as fun or cute, or sadly, even as likable. Lola is a 17-year old high school student in San Francisco. But that’s not all. She has two dads! She has […]
#145: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl: 2 stars. #146: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: 4 stars. #147-8: Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: 1 star each. #149: OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn: 1 star. #150: The Martian by Andy Weir: 5 stars.
I really, really wanted to finish up my 52 book reviews before Thanksgiving this year, so that I wouldn’t have my writing hanging over my head while trying to plan meals and presents and wrapping and cards. So I decided to pick a few easy-ish books for my last few entries this year. Hopefully, they’ll all turn out to be as fun as this one. Anna is a high school senior from Atlanta who suddenly finds herself at an American boarding school in Paris to finish her last year. Her dad is a best-selling author (I’m thinking he’s a Nicholas […]
Isla has been in love with Josh since their first year together at the American boarding school in Paris, but he’s been unattainable for most of her time there. Instead she’s been pining for him from a distance, hanging out with her platonic BFF Kurt (who has Aspergers’ Syndrome). Now in their final year together, it looks as if all of Isla’s dreams are coming true. Josh not only notices her, he wants to be her boyfriend! True love’s path doesn’t exactly run smoothly though, and when Josh gets expelled and sent back to New York, Isla and Josh discover […]
Synopsis from Goodreads because I read this way too long ago: 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 neighbourhood. When Cricket – gifted inventor- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, […]