By: Stephanie Perkins
Reported by: Juli Helms
You know those authors that you realize, upon a single glance at their writing, that you will love them forever? That no matter what they write, you know you're going to enjoy it?
That's Stephanie Perkins.
I devoured this book. It arrived in my mail yesterday and I started reading it at 10PM (because I just couldn't wait) and oh, I just couldn't stop reading. I stayed up till 2:30AM (that's when I finished the book--I'm a fast reader) and you may or may not be grossed out by this, but I didn't even shower last night because I just had to read this book. Of course, I showered this morning, but that's beside the point.
So what made me love this book so much? Well, let's see: A protagonist so amazing and real I loved her from the second I met her. A boy so achingly beautiful, I couldn't stop wishing he was real. A story so phenomenal it grabbed my heart and I collapsed, one second after another, until everything in me was bubbling up to a giddiness that exploded to the stars.
This was even better than Anna and the French Kiss (you can see my review of Anna here). At least to me--though that may be because I invent things myself, and Cricket is exactly (and I mean exactly) the type of boy I fall for. Lola is plain wonderful, her boldness making me want to wear a billion different colors and become the rainbow myself. But most of all, Stephanie Perkins writes so gorgeously, not a single effort was wasted. She is the universe herself (if you read this book, which you MUST, you'll know what I mean).
I just can't praise this book enough. But here's what I will say: this is a book that I will be carrying around with me for a long, long time. This is a book I want to buy a billion copies of just to admire their aesthetics. This is a book I want to read again and again and I know will fall in love with again and again.
And this book is, easily, my favorite book of the year. I'm not even adding a so far. Because, it's that good.