Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (#1)
“Anna is 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. Which is why she is 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?”

Lola and the Boy Next Door (#2)
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, 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.”

Isla and the Happily Ever After (#3)
“Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.”

Okay but can I just say that this series will forever be engraved into my favorite books. Each one of these books had it’s own story, but was interconnected somehow. In the first book, Anna is unexpectedly shipped to Paris to attend school by her parents. She’s confused because she has a whole life in Atlanta. A job at a movie theater, a best friend, her little brother, etc. In Paris, she finds out many different things about people, but about her self as well. She meets many people there including Merideth (her neighbor), Rashmi and Josh (a couple who fights all the time), and others. She meets St. Clair, a British student attending the same school. Things get difficult between the two considering Anna is new and shy, while St. Clair has an internal battle about his girlfriend vs. Anna. Anna ends up getting violent after hearing terrible things being said about a girl named Isla. She’s never been in trouble and things just keep getting worse and worse. The end was perfection. Angsty and lots of tears. Overall, the first book would’ve been great by itself. However, I loved it more throughout the second and last book.

Lola and the Boy Next Door begins with a girl who’s name is not really Lola, but that is what she prefers to be called. She’s extremely different than her peers. She has a different idea of wardrobe, and talks about it a lot with her two dads. At a young age, she was heartbroken when the boy (her next door neighbor) that she was in love with moved away. She’s currently happy with her boyfriend (her parents aren’t so happy) who is older than her. What happens when the boy who had her heart moves back next door? Of course, Cricket tries to maintain a friendship with Lola knowing she has a boyfriend. But, enough was enough. There was clearly so much still between them. Anna was included in this book because Lola has a job at a movie theater where she Anna works. Everything about this book was just as wonderful as the first.

Lastly, Isla and the Boy Next Door. I don’t even know what to say. I think this was the best book in the series, and that’s really hard to do. Isla is a girl who also attends the American School of Paris. She was included in the first book. Anna gets physically violent when someone says something about Isla, as stated before. The secret is: Isla has secretly been in love with Josh (read the first synopsis) since her freshman year. They meet in Manhattan again when Isla just got her wisdom teeth out. Here’s another secret: Josh likes to draw. He has book after book of drawings. He drew her that day, and she couldn’t really remember that. Back in Paris, love blossoms. It was amazing to watch their love story, however, it was so private, I almost felt like I was intruding. Things go wrong when Josh doesn’t care about anything. This book had me in tears more than once. I swear people were looking at me funny, and I didn’t even care. The ending of this book just made me swoon. I was almost jumping up and down. I was so giddy that I had a smile gracing my cheeks for days.

Do yourself a favor, and pick up these books. Stephanie Perkins is an absolute genius.

Rating: ★★★★★ for all. I would give them millions of stars.

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