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Lucky for us Valentine’s Day falls on a three day weekend, which = plenty of time to read and swoon. 

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Kristina reviews: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Synopsis:

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.

Review of Anna and the French Kiss
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A book so sweet, it will cause you cavity!

Yeah, I cried.
Usually when I decide to read a cute, colorful YA novel, I don’t expect this much eye leakage. But it still happens, and this book was one of them.
Isla is a shy girl, who had a crush on Josh for three years. Josh is an artist, so his nose is almost always stuck in front of a paper, doodling, or outright doing some amazing art. And he also had a crush on Isla for a long time, but when he decided to talk to her, Isla’s shyness stopped her from forming coherent sentences, and Josh took it a sign of disinterest.
What I didn’t expect was for them to click so fast, so easily. And it wasn’t a bad thing. It was cute, fluffy, different.
I felt in love, too. The story reminded me of my first love, and how I felt, and it was perfect.
I don’t think there were parts that I didn’t like.
Josh’s comic was so precious, and seeing Isla slowly accepting herself, realizing that she could be loved, too, was sweet.
I’m at a loss for words. I tumbled through this book so fast, and I never wanted it to end, but unfortunately it did, but it was an amazing end.
It was a great ending that rounded up the series, giving it a proper closure, giving it all a happily ever after.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Tendinitis? Don’t you have to be old to get that?”
Josh glances over his shoulder. “Can you keep a secret?” He lowers his voice. “You have to promise not to tell anyone, okay?”
“Okay…”
“I’m eighty-seven years old. I have terrible hands but amazing skin.”

“So. Wait. You contemplated your life and… resolved to become my friend? Even though you’re no longer a practicing Jew?”
Josh gives me a wicked smile. “Is that a requirement for your friendship?”

“You know that because you asked me out, you’re the one who has to pick the place, right?” […] “Whatever you suggest.” He grins. “I’ll say yes. You’ll definitely get a yes. If that helps.”

Josh grins. “Just give me your hand.”
“W-what?”
“Your hand,” he repeats. “Give it to me.”
[…]
“There,” he says. “I’ve been waiting a long time to do that.”

“That’s how it became such a vibrant color. Crayons. Up its butt.”

“So much for security.” Josh is cheerfully dismayed. “Maybe we should steal a painting.”

“I figured we were going to a bar or club or something. Colour me intrigued, Martin.” […]  Josh cringes. “Yeah. That doesn’t work with a male surname, does it?”

“Wait here,” I whisper.
“Are you getting your axe?”
“Handcuffs.”
“Kinky. But, okay, I’ll try it.”

“I like that you’re tiny. I like that I can carry you around in my pocket.” […] “And if we ever vacation together, you can sit on my lap to save airfare.”

“My little cabbage.”