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August 31, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: August's Best Books

Kate Hart
Photobucket I buy books for a variety of reasons. They include legitimate excitement over the premise, fangirl adoration of the author's past work, recommendations from trusted friends, and/or a desire to support an author who decreases world suck.

In a fit of not-so-genius, I used an Amazon gift card to buy a ton of books... about a week before ALA. In that order was Stephanie Perkins's Anna and the French Kiss. To be perfectly, perfectly honest? I ordered it because Stephanie was in the last two categories: several authors I respect had recommended Anna (for example: Kirsten, Tahereh, Deb, John Green), and although I don't know Stephanie, I do know she's awesome, because she donated an awesome prize to the Help Write Now auction.

But I was hesitant. I just don't do romance or chick lit or women's fiction or whatever it is we're calling it these days.

stephanie perkins's books Or at least I thought I didn't.

Her book arrived right before I left for New Orleans. Meanwhile, the BFF had bought it for her niece, who looooooved it. So when I was at ALA, I made sure to get her a copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door (with major help from Sarah Enni, who was at the front of the ARC line). When I came home, I had a monster "to read" stack (see above), but I wanted to read Anna pretty quickly, so that I could read Lola before I passed it on.

Two nights later-- one book per evening-- I was a Stephanie Perkins fan in all four categories

The obvious word for these books is "cute." But not in a derogatory, "isn't that cute" kind of way-- I mean in a "I'm pretty sure my heart just exploded from how realistically romantic and awkward this is." Stephanie does a great job of capturing the seriousness of first love without making it FIRST LOVE IS ALL THERE IS OMG I DIE WITHOUT YOU.

(See, this is why I don't write book reviews. It's all capital letters and acronyms up in here.)

Anyway, if you've been on the fence, this is me pushing you to the blue-haired author side. Go buy Anna. Pre-order Lola. Add Isla to your TBR list. Prepare to crave French food, wish you could live in Lola's house, and swoon.


What's the best book you read this month? Head over to YA Highway and leave a link to your post in the comments!


  1. I really adored ANNA, too, so I'm excited for LOLA. :)

  2. I loved Anna. LOVED it. Can't wait to read Lola.

  3. This recommendation keeps popping going to have to read this one.

  4. Oh yes, I loved ANNA and LOLA, and I can't wait for ISLA. Good choice.

  5. Oh, yes. I am certain that I will love LOLA just as much--if not more--as ANNA. I'm in awe of Stephanie Perkin's characters and style.

  6. I wasn't too sure about all the hype on Anna at first, but I am so glad that I had read it the other month. I can't wait to pick up Lola.

  7. YAYYYY I'm so glad you love these books as much as I do! That two hour wait in line (which was actually also awesome for resting our feet/aching backs) was WELL worth it!!

  8. The realistic romance is why I so loved Anna. I loved that it wasn't instant attraction or obsessive. Anyhow, I can't wait for Lola!

  9. love love love Anna and the French Kiss and I'm so incredibly excited for Lola! glad to hear you're a Stephanie fan. :)

  10. I can't wait to read Lola! I agree that Stephanie does "cute" YA romance better than just about anyone.

  11. Anna is one of the first books I've read that completely lived up to the hype. Adorable and SQUEEE-ful and just darn wonderful. Can't wait for Lola and Isla!

    My favorite book from August would have to be DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS by Mo Willems. I've read lots of meh fiction lately, but some fabulous kids books with my kiddo. So, the pigeon gets my vote!

    - Liz

  12. I totally just cracked up when I read your post--I just left a comment on another RTW about Lola and the Boy Next Door, basically saying, "If you're on the fence, I'm not a straight-up romance book lover, but I loved Anna . . ." That is just eerie--I promise I hadn't read yours first!

  13. I LOVED Anna. And cannot wait for LOLA. Awesome choice!

  14. I loved ANNA too! My favorite part was when she was sleeping (literally, only sleeping) with Etienne. Reminded me of the sometime-innocence and excitement of young love.

  15. Stephanie is one of my favorite authors. Loved ANNA and LOLA and can't wait to read ISLA! :)


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