Smart bets: Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins, the local author behind the nationally beloved YA books Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, returns with her third novel, Isla and the Happily Every After. Like Anna and Lola, Isla centers around a contemporary teen girl — a hopeless romantic with a crush on Josh, an artist she met while at the School of America in Paris. As seniors, Isla and Josh deal with the uncertainty of what their post-high school lives will hold. Isla includes cameos from the main characters of Perkins’ previous novels. Fans are invited to a reading, launch party and a celebration of Isla‘s official “birthday” at Malaprop’s on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. Author photo by Rachel Scroggins

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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