Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Posted November 20, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie PerkinsIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Also in this series: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door
Published by Dutton Books on August 14th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

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.

Main Points
Writing Style:
 Beautiful, as usual.
Plot:

Much wow. This book definitely lived up to the other two and was a superb ending to the series. It wasn’t my favorite (#2 remains my favorite) but it was still amazing. It had a lot more muchness and really tied everything together. There was a lot more ‘is it really gonna work out in the end?’ than I remember in the other books.

Actually, at one point it got so bad that I was depressed for a whole day.

Actually, at one point it got so bad that I was depressed for a whole day. Yes, unfortunately I am one of those people who has his/her actual life affected by the books he/she reads to that degree. I don’t remember what point it was exactly, but it was towards the middle and there were a lot of feels involved. Naturally.

There was a quote on the cover by Rainbow Rowell, saying about the book: “Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” That really resonated with me throughout the whole experience. That’s exactly how I would want to fall in love, in any of the 3 situations/books. I’m not sure about ‘in real time’ though. It’s not necessarily insta-love, but it seems to happen pretty quickly in the 2nd and 3rd books. True, there are complications, but it works out, of course. This last book was where it really got real, and they had to take a step back and evaluate things for what they really were. Was their love reasonable, and how would it affect their futures? That was what really required a lot of pondering.

Isla was all right. I identified with her a lot but not as much as I did with Anna or even Lola. I’m naturally quiet like her. And I have a lot of the same self-doubt. But I felt like she did make a few bad decisions, ones I wouldn’t have made.

But I felt like she did make a few bad decisions, ones I wouldn’t have made.

And she got unreasonably caught up on the idea of Josh/Rashmi. She should have let that go. She should have understood.

Josh was pretty cool. He was perceptive. Gen was neat, and Hattie was awful, but she got better. Kurt was…basically how my best friends (both guys) are. Although they aren’t as dependent on me. I can totally understand the Isla/Kurt situation. It actually made me wonder if people think I’m going out with my guy-best-friends when they see us.

Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • plot
  • characters
  • romance
  • setting
  • writing
  • ending
  • everythingggg

Less than perfect:

  • Isla
Bottom Line

All in all, this book was a great deal more serious than the other two, and more final. It tied things together really well and introduced some great new characters. The settings and romance were beautiful. It was a great conclusion. Would I read more by this author? Definitely!!! Would I recommend this to others? Super yes!

About Stephanie Perkins

Hi, there! I’m Steph, and I wrote ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. They have funny bits and kissing, so you should totally read them. If you’re into that sort of thing. The final companion is called ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, and it will be released in August 2014. I also edited (and contributed a short story to) a romantic holiday anthology called MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME (October 2014). My next novel will be horror—a teen slasher published by Dutton.

Rating
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
five-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Romance
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Ending
two-half-stars
Overall: five-stars
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