Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Published by Dutton Books on August 14, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Prepare for a full on rave. Details below. 🙂
“Oh.” My shoulders sag. “You want to draw.” “Yes. You.” That perks me up. I try to hand him a sketchbook, but he refuses it. “No,” he says. “I want to draw on you.”
I’ve been waiting two years for this book. After finishing Lola and the Boy Next Door, I was ready for this. I mean, we all have. Stephanie Perkins is truly the Jane Austen of this generation, and her books are so alluring and make you envious for romance.
Surprise, surprise, this is the best book that I’ve read this year. As you may know, Stephanie Perkins’s writing is full of lush and sexiness. After reading this, you’ll need a bulldozer-sized fan to cool the steam away from you. It’s sexy, wanted, and hateful because you’re going to want to go on a mission to sneak Josh away from Isla.
Short story short—Isla has loved Josh for three years. She’s shy and lonely, and he’s dated a girl who he once travelled to India with. She’s stalked him from afar, until she “met him” back in New York when they both travelled home for summer from their Paris boarding school. Over the next year, they fall in love. It’s the picture-perfect romance. Hand-holding, sweet kisses, new firsts, gorgeous moments. Of course, at the same time, everything that surrounds them isn’t all-perfect as their love is. Josh has been taking risks for their relationship, and that ruins everything and they’ll need to have a long-term relationship. Isla depresses, but at least she has her autistic best friend with her to pick up the pieces. And then, without spreading any spoilers, things break apart… But will they go put back together again?
“Your hand,” he repeats. “Give it to me.” I extend my shaking right hand. And—in a moment that is a hundred dreams come true—Joshua Wasserstein laces his fingers through mine. A staggering shock of energy shoots straight into my veins. Straight into my heart. “There,” he says. “I’ve been waiting a long time to do that.” Not nearly as long as I’ve been waiting.”
This book had so many picture-perfect moments that you just want to snag away into your heart. Steph Perkins may have had trouble forming this, but she made it and I’m so thankful that this book has came into my life. Whoa—I sound like I’m talking about a boyfriend or something; but this book is my boyfriend and so is Josh!
As the story began, I was in love. I literally sat there with hearts in my eyes. It took me about a day to read this, but I savoured and enjoyed every devouring moment. I took my time—no rush! But through it all, the story went by really fast! This was a love story that was formed from the heavens, I tell you—with dark moments that occurred to the characters.
Isla was a wallflower. That’s who she was, and I can really relate to her, because that’s my personality. During many moments, I thought about how I would do the same thing in her situation, and that made me love her even more. People have noted that she was weak, but that’s what comes in a true love story. You can’t have a strong character because then it’s not real love because love has its own troubles and weaknesses. The fact that it’s not perfect makes it perfect. That was deep.
In a way, this book isn’t all sparks and fireworks and fireflies. It had its troubles inside. Josh’s life was difficult, and Stephanie made sure to show that to us. He lived a tough life, but thankfully he may or may not have gotten his happily ever after in the end. <3
I bought this pillow after finishing this book:
JK. But I’m only kidding because I don’t know where to find it. Otherwise, I’d have a pillow mailed out to all of you suckers. 🙂
Josh was hot, steamy, and all of the sexy qualities you can imagine. He made my heart race just like if I was the one falling in love with him. I’d seriously do anything to have a moment with him. *awes*
Last quote, I promise.
“Do you want anymore tattoos?” “I don’t know. Maybe someday I’ll get a big garden rose on my other arm.” “Ha-ha.” “I would.” And he sounds hurt that I don’t believe him. “I want a lot more of these nights with you, Isla. I want all my nights with you.”
I hope you understand my raving now. Details above. 🙂
This book was everything I was looking for in a perfect novel. It was heart-pounding, crazy, and wild. But that’s the thing—love is wild, and Stephanie Perkins has absolutely proved it. To this day, I can’t get Isla and Josh’s love out of my mind. I’m lovesick!
Rating: 5 out of 5
(I added six stars because it was just too phenomenal. Tee hee)